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Once Upon a Crime

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19th October 2023

Price: £9.99

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781408730645

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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’

Exeter: a city in decline, East Devon’s capital of crime.

Detective Roger LeCarre: a man on a quest to rid the world of crime (starting with Devon and Cornwall and then working outwards) so he can concentrate on his watercolours.

LeCarre runs 10km a day but probably burns more calories shaking his head at what has become of his city. Now Exeter is set to become the UK Capital of Culture and the ambitious Lord Mayor wants to turn things around. But when a young man’s (dead) body is found in the centre of town, things get murky.

Detective Roger LeCarre is a character never seen before in modern fiction – a tough but troubled detective with a drink problem and a marriage in trouble. Can he find out who killed the young man, save the city and change his energy provider before the new more expensive tariff kicks in?

Filled with drama, eroticism and very specific Wikipedia-sourced information on Devon, Once Upon A Crime is a thriller that takes itself very seriously and that should not, on any account, actually be taken seriously.


Dara Ó Briain
Funny and gripping
Mark Billingham
Laugh out loud funny. Detective Roger Le Carre is a crime-solving comedy GOD
Marcus Brigstocke
Exceptionally funny... crime writing (in the Exeter area) will never be the same
Al Murray
A book so funny it makes you wish you were the subject of a murder investigation in Exeter
Chris Brookmyre
Tea-spittingly hilarious. Shades of Spike Milligan, Douglas Adams and Alan Partridge
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
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