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Death of a Bookseller

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27th April 2023

Price: £24.99

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‘A confident, sassy, pitch-black debut’ CAROLINE KEPNES
‘Your new obsession’ ERIN KELLY
‘Savage, witty and all-consuming’ ABIGAIL DEAN
‘A dark masterpiece. It will work its way under your skin like a splinter’ CATRIONA WARD

– bookseller, loner and true crime fanatic- is not interested in making friends. She has all the company she needs in her serial killer books, murder podcasts and her pet snail, Bleep.

That is, until Laura joins the bookshop.

With her cute literary tote bags and sunny smile, she’s everyone’s favourite bookseller. But beneath the shiny veneer, Roach senses a darkness within Laura, the same darkness Roach possesses.

And as curiosity blooms into morbid obsession, Roach becomes determined to be a part of Laura’s story – whether Laura wants her in it or not.

‘A spectacularly creepy debut … a tense and disturbing read’ GUARDIAN
Tense, addictive and sticky underfoot’ JULIA ARMFIELD
‘A sharp and creepy debut thriller’ DAILY MAIL
‘Utterly unforgettable‘ CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD
‘Delightfully darkCOSMOPOLITAN, Best New Books

Engrossing, atmospheric and deliciously dark‘ WILL DEAN
Uncomfortable, claustrophobic, and you won’t take your eyes off the pagesBELFAST TELEGRAPH

Impossible to put down‘ ELIZA CLARK
‘A sinister and tense debut that will chill you to the core’ PLATINUM MAGAZINE
Relentlessly creepy and deeply compulsive‘ HEATHER DARWENT


Caroline Kepnes, internationally bestselling author of Netflix sensation, YOU
Snickering, devil emoji, this-Alice-Slater-is-too-witty LOL brilliance that will make you smile every time you step into a bookshop. A confident, sassy, pitch-black debut by someone who really knows her way around a bookshop, as well as our death-obsessed culture.
Catriona Ward, author of The Last House on Needless Street
Fiercely original and deeply disturbing, Death of a Bookseller is a dark masterpiece of grief and obsession - it will work its way under your skin like a splinter and stay there. This is a book you simply can't put down
Chelsea G. Summers, author of A Certain Hunger
Alice Slater triumphs in Death of a Bookseller, the story of two frenemies who share an antagonistic obsession with true crime. I love a book that features messy women making very bad choices, and this novel delivers the delicious juice in a surprising, twisty narrative that has you guessing until its unpredictable end.
Heather Darwent, author of The Things We Do To Our Friends
Relentlessly, terrifically creepy and deeply compulsive; each point of view was so remarkably strong. This novel blew me away with its incredible characterisation - a one-sitting read for sure
Eliza Clark, author of Boy Parts
For avid readers, thrill-seekers and disgruntled employees alike; Death of a Bookseller is tense, arch and impossible to put down.
Erin Kelly, author of The Skeleton Key
Beautifully written and dark as Satan's basement, Death of a Bookseller will have you looking over your shoulder long after the last page is turned. Its characters creep into your subconscious and the plot grips the reader like a sticky pub floor. If you like Caroline Kepnes, then welcome to Alice Slater, your new obsession.
Julia Armfield, author of Our Wives Under the Sea
Tense, addictive and sticky underfoot, Death of a Bookseller lends a tangible throb of menace to its seemingly cosy world, overturning every preconception and delving deep into its characters' damaged psyches. I couldn't put it down.
Will Dean, author of The Last Thing to Burn
Add this to your list. A London-set story about true crime, city life, bookshops and friendship. I was sucked in deep. Utterly engrossing, atmospheric and deliciously dark. Hugely compelling.
Catherine Ryan Howard, author of Run Time
I absolutely loved Death of a Bookseller. It felt so fresh and sharp, expertly plotted and also emotionally charged, comic but also pitch-black dark. Roach and Laura are utterly unforgettable. The dread I felt as I turned the pages was not just because of the inevitable collision course I feared these characters were on, but also the threat of the pages running out, of this dazzlingly good read ending.
Jane Casey, Irish Times bestselling author of The Killing Kind
A stunning debut; a shrewdly observed insight into life behind the bookshop tills and what happens when two very different booksellers clash. Clever, funny, beautifully written and as dark as a goth's shadow, this is the book I will be recommending to everyone this year.
Caitlin Brasach, author of A Novel Obsession
Written with dark wit and verve, this mischievous novel is clever, entertaining, and unsettling, with a gasp-inducing climax that beautifully (and wickedly) intertwines the two unforgettable anti-heroines. Each sentence is a dagger, sharpened to perfection; Slater's deliciously morbid debut will haunt you
Hanna Bervoets, author of We Had To Remove This Post
I absolutely DEVOURED this! A highly original story about a creep you'll easily let into your heart - but beware: once she's there, she might just blow it up. Fresh, funny, and brilliantly dissecting modern-day book culture, this dream debut is twisted in all the right ways.
Kiare Ladner, author of Nightshift
Craving a squelchy treat of a dark tale? Let yourself be torn between Laura and Roach. Each bigger than life and stickly real, they'll vie for your shadowy heart til the end. Slater's debut is cultish, smart and distinctive. A book that'll linger in your mind long after you've followed the slimy trail to the end...
Abigail Dean, internationally bestselling author of GIRL A
Savage, witty and all-consuming, it's both a love letter to bookselling and a thriller of the most unsettling variety.
C S Green, author of The Whisper House
A dark and delicious treat
Caroline Corcoran, author of Through the Wall
The best kind of horrible little book! Had me turning the pages late into the night. Brilliant.
Chris Whitaker, award-winning author of We Begin At The End
Fresh, funny, chilling and disturbing. The story crackles with killer prose and the characters slay you with their read-through-your-fingers desire and desperation. Searingly good.
Jane Shemilt, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Patient
Fresh, funny, frightening and dark as hell. A stunning debut
Woman's Way
Slater is adept at keeping the reader glued to the page
i Paper, Best New Books
A darkly fun crime debut
Literary Review
An original take on the serial killer thriller
Belfast Telegraph
Uncomfortable, claustrophobic, and you won't take your eyes off the pages
Platinum magazine
A sinister and tense debut that will chill you to the core
Wiltshire Life Magazine
Dark and atmospheric
Cosmopolitan, Best New Books
Delightfully dark
Glamour, Best New Books
You can't help but race through the pages. This will have huge commercial appeal
The Gloss Magazine
Dark and unsettling, with references to more serial killers than you ever knew existed
Irish Times
Fans of the psychological thriller get plenty to chew on in an irony-drenched crime novel that sets two women on a potentially lethal collision course while simultaneously asking hard questions about the exploitative nature of true crime writing.
A spectacularly creepy debut ... Both bookselling and society's true crime are filleted mercilessly in a tense and disturbing read
Daily Mail
The really terrific thing about the book is how the writer conjures that slightly mysterious quality that people working in bookshops always have.
On Magazine
Original and obsessively good ... as near perfect a thriller on paper as you can get. Alice Slater is a name to watch.
Daily Mail
A sharp and creepy debut thriller
Elle, Shelf Life: Caroline Kepnes
Death of a Bookseller by Alice Slater is the book that fills me with hope. Inhaling fresh, excellent, quotable, entertaining fiction from a debut novelist is a guaranteed way to breathe a little easier in our world.