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A crime writer’s family witnesses a real-life murder – the neighbourhood just got dangerous…
Perfect for fans of KNIVES OUT

‘There was never anyone else like Craig Rice’ NEW YORK TIMES

Growing up with a crime writer for a mother leaves the Carstairs family with a talent for detection. So when they witnesses a neighbourhood murder, they launch their own investigation. And why not? They know everything about baffling mysteries from reading their mother’s books, the publicity could do wonders for her sales, and then she and a handsome detective could fall in love. It’s too perfect for words.

Marion’s too busy wrapping up the loose ends of her latest book for the inconvenience of a real crime. But what’s surfacing in the shadows of the house next door is not quite as predictable as fiction: accusations of racketeering, kidnapping and blackmail – and much more…

Reviews

The doyenne of the comic mystery
KIRKUS
Rice made the screwball mystery her specialty with wacky characters, outrageous situations and a sense of pure fun
TCM.com
Well-drawn, eccentric characters ... frolicsome and frequently funny
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Craig Rice remains one of the best writers of mystery fiction
JANUARY MAGAZINE
There never was anyone else like Craig Rice
NEW YORK TIMES
Why can't all murders be as funny as those concocted by Craig Rice?
NEW YORK TIMES
The Dorothy Parker of detective fiction
William Ruehlmann
Triumphantly rowdy
TIME MAGAZINE
The grand dame of mystery mixed with screwball comedy
Ed Gorman
A genuine mid-century classic
BOOKLIST