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A Curtain Twitcher's Book of Murder

"A novel full of murder, both the dastardly plotting and committing of, really shouldn’t be this entertaining or amusing! "

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This deliciously devious debut crime novel capers around a suburban London street during 1968. Sitting within, as well as nosy neighbours and amusing twisty tales, are dark thoughts, plots, and murder. It isn’t just murder, other tales join in, though all have a certain level of provocative darkness contained within. Author Gay Marris, has created a number of individual stories, each joining with its siblings to create a monstrously amusing whole. While hugely entertaining, sliding around the humour are real moments of sensitivity, melancholy, and despair. I would find myself snorting with amusement, before sinking into a sad story waiting to pierce thoughts with precision. It is all rather clever, and I really appreciated the moments highlighting empathy and thoughtfulness. While I wouldn’t want to chance moving into Atbara Avenue due to its high murder rate, it really does have the most wonderful sense of place. The street lives as it has always lived, moving with the times, but also displaying, harbouring, and even hiding its occupants. The characters aren’t always likeable (well, rather a lot of them are planning murder), yet some will evoke sympathy or a form of understanding along the way. Thought-provoking, boldly smart and amusing, A Curtain Twitcher’s Book of Murder will keep your emotions in flight as you follow the lives of the occupants of Atbara Avenue. 

Liz Robinson

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