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Murder at Crime Manor

On sale

4th October 2022

Price: £12.99

Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction, 2023

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Selected: Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781408727331

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‘What’s better than a good crime novel? I’ll tell you – a spoof crime novel, by the absurdly funny and clever Fergus Craig’

‘We all need more laughs like this’

Detective Roger LeCarre. Scourge of crime. Guardian of Exeter. Amateur squash player. And now, party guest at Powderham, the manor house owned by mysterious billionaire tech genius Eli Quartz.

It is a small and unconventional gathering: the Bishop, a fading radio star, a desperate aristocrat, the aging butler and his absurdly beautiful daughter – and Detective Roger LeCarre. Then a snowstorm blows in and the group realise they are trapped.

And when, completely against expectations for this kind of situation, someone winds up dead, it’s obvious who must solve the crime. Obvious, but for the fact the murder weapon was in Detective Roger LeCarre’s hand, and the body was at his feet…

From the creator of BBC2’s Martin Fishback comes the second Detective Roger LeCarre crime fiction parody, daring to go where so many other crime novels have gone before.


Chris Brookmyre
Tea-spittingly hilarious. Shades of Spike Milligan, Douglas Adams and Alan Partridge
Mark Billingham
Laugh out loud funny. Detective Roger Le Carre is a crime-solving comedy GOD
Miranda Hart
What's better than a good crime novel? I'll tell you - a spoof crime novel, by the absurdly funny and clever Fergus Craig
Richard Herring
I laughed out loud at the very first line. And it just got funnier from there. Like Les Dawson playing the piano, Fergus Craig is a master of brilliantly hilarious terrible writing.
Al Murray
A book so funny it makes you wish you were the subject of a murder investigation in Exeter
Aisling Bea
Fergus Craig is one of the funniest people I know and this book proves it. I can't wait for you to get involved in his VERY silly thriller. We all need more laughs like this
Dara Ó Briain
Funny and gripping
Marcus Brigstocke
Exceptionally funny... crime writing (in the Exeter area) will never be the same
James Naughtie (for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize)
Detective Roger LeCarre is lovable, funny and absurd. This book is Wodehousian in spirit and style. You laugh out loud, and you wonder how it is that in a staged country-house setting, where murder is done, you can still care. And then you realise that you've enjoyed it. A fictional romp to savour.