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Death and the Lit Chick (edition 2010)

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Title:Death and the Lit Chick
Authors:G. M. Malliet
Info:Camden (2010), Edition: Large type edition, Paperback
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Tags:Scotland, Inspector St Just, murder, mystery

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Another well-crafted cozy DCI St. Just mystery by G.M. Malliet. Loved the premise, enjoyed the humor and was kept in suspense until the end. This was the second in the Malliet's DCI St. Just mysteries Now on to number #3 - "Death at the Alma Mater"!

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Everyone has gathered at Dalmorton Castle in Scotland for a crime writers' conference, including Kimberlee Kalder, the publishing industry's "It" girl. Totally hot and couture-clad, this bestselling chick-lit mystery writer has captured the envious — and resentful — attentions of all. Rumor has it that prima donna Kimberlee is shopping around for a new agent (and the best deal for her latest book), and there are some who would stop at nothing to steal her as a client.

Then Kimberlee turns up dead at the bottom of the castle's bottle dungeon. With the help of his lovely sidekick, Portia, Detective Chief Inspector St. Just is hot on the trail of the true killer in a castle full of cagey mystery connoisseurs who live and breathe malicious murder and artful alibis . ( )
  KateBaxter | Jul 6, 2014 |
Second in Malliet's series featuring DCI Arthur St. Just, a British detective. In this one he has joined a group of mystery writers and agents at an event set up by a publisher at a Scottish castle. One of the writers is murdered, and St. Just helps the local authorities identify the murderer. It's like a closed-room or desert-island scenario, in that the murderer must have been present at the conference. The drawbridge over the castle's moat is the only form of egress, and it makes too much noise to be used surreptitiously.

Not too surprisingly, St. Just and the local officials turn up some interesting dirt on most of the attenders, including reasons for several to have wanted to do away with the victim. Unfortunately much of the information is revealed only at the end, wen St. Just confronts the guilty parties at a gathering of all the suspects. So the reader has virtually no chance of solving the mystery successfully.

St. Just is a moderately interesting character. A widower, he finds himself strongly attracted to one of the writers. Malliet gives us brief but adequate descriptions of the other characters, including snarky references by some characters to others. After an introductory section in which we see many of the attenders preparing and traveling to the castle, we spend most of the book in St. Just's point of view, with a few side trips to others' minds. The book is well constructed and a fun read, with the proviso that mystery fans who like to solve the mystery as they read will find it frustrating. ( )
  Jim53 | Mar 8, 2014 |
I enjoyed most of this book and really thought that I was onto a winner; I was a classic locked room crime. However, when I neared the end of the book I realised that there were far too many suspects and really no clues.

In fact, the author gave the reader no hints and it was, unless I missed something, impossible to work out who did the murder.

The plot was revealed in the last chapter with a 'cosy murder' gathering of all the suspects which left me feeling angry that I hadn't been given a sporting chance to solve the mystery before the end of the book.

In a word - disappointing. ( )
  pinkozcat | Jun 2, 2013 |
Not bad! My favorite of hers so far. ( )
  TanteLeonie | Mar 31, 2013 |
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BOOK 2 IN THE AGATHA AWARD-WINNING SERIES

Starred Review“[In] her superior second cozy, Malliet's satirical take on the mystery scene is spot-on.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Starred Review"Malliet excels at stylish writing very reminiscent of the golden age of British mysteries.  A real find for old-school mystery fans."
Booklist (starred review)

“An absolutely delicious skewering of the world of mystery publishing and its none-too-savory denizens, Death and the Lit Chick is even wittier and more skillfully constructed than her Agatha Award-winning Death of a Cozy Writer.”
Denver Post

Death and the Lit Chick is a finalist for the Anthony Award!

Cold-blooded murder is, like, totally un-cool

As the wildly successful darling of the publishing industry, chick lit mystery writer Kimberlee Kalder is the guest of honor at an exclusive writers' conference at Dalmorton Castle in Scotland. But jealousy and resentment are soon replaced with shock when Kimberlee is found dead at the bottom of the castle's bottle dungeon.

Who didn't want to see prima donna Kimberlee brutally extinguished like one of her ill-fated characters? It's up to Detective Chief Inspector St. Just to track down the true killer in a castle full of cagey mystery connoisseurs who live and breathe malicious murder and artful alibis . . .

 

Acclaim for the bestselling Death of a Cozy Writer, the first St. Just Mystery:

"[A] delightful homage to the great novels of Britain's Golden Age of Mysteries."
—Nancy Pearl, NPR commentator and author of Book Lust

Death of a Cozy Writer won the 2008 Agatha Award for Best First Novel and a silver medal for the IPPY awards in the category of Mystery/Suspense/Thriller.

Malliet's first novel Death of a Cozy Writer was chosen by Kirkus Reviews as a Best Book of 2008, nominated for a Left Coast Crime award (the Hawaii Five-O for best police procedural), short-listed for the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery, nominated for the Anthony Award for Best First Novel and was a finalist for the David G. Sasher, Sr. Award for Best Mystery Novel.

 

 

 

 

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:42:10 -0400)

As the wildly successful darling of the publishing industry, chick lit mystery writer Kimberlee Kalder is the guest of honor at an exclusive writers' conference at Dalmorton Castle in Scotland. But jealousy and resentment are soon replaced with shock when she is found dead at the bottom of the castle's bottle dungeon. It's up to Detective Chief Inspector Arthur St. Just to track down the true killer in a castle full of cagey mystery connoisseurs who live and breathe malicious murder and artful alibis.… (more)

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