How do you solve a murder when hundreds of wannabe detectives all have the same goal?
Every year, fans from all over the world descend upon a tiny picturesque English village to celebrate the life of the enigmatic author Agnes Crabbe and her fictional lady detective, Miss Millicent Cutter.
Crabbe fans are quite obsessive; the majority turn up to the festival dressed as Miss Cutter and spats between rival fan clubs are not uncommon. But when one of the most prominent superfans is murdered on the first day of the festival, the police find themselves trying to solve a crime in which the victim, witnesses, almost everyone in the village, and even the murderer, are all dressed as Miss Cutter. And most of them are also trying to solve the murder …
In this darkly comic farce, the worlds of classic detective fiction and real-life homicide investigation come crashing together with hilarious and occasionally messy results.
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Growing up, my mom had this blue cabinet in our living, and she kept all of her favorite books in it. She had massive collection of Agatha Christie novels. They had the black leather covers and smelled wonderfully of old ink and paper. You know the smell, the one where you just want to hold the book and even if you don't read it, it still makes you happy. That's how I fell in love with mysteries.
When Stevyn Colgan was looking for readers to review his book, I jumped at the chance. Boy, am I glad did!
*A Murder To Die For* by Stevyn Colgan was absolutely wonderful. It is set in England in a quaint little town. The town's only claim to fame is author, Agnes Crabbe. Each year the town puts a festival for her. It's usually a fun time, but this year a murder happens right before the keynote speaker's talk. It causes mayhem to erupt. Will the local law enforcement be able to catch the murder before he strikes again? You will have to read the book to find out!
I loved this book. The author did a wonderful job casting the characters. They all have very British names. As an American, I had write them down to keep everyone straight, but that is probably just my problem. The characters were vibrant and stayed true to their roles throughout the story.
The story has several small plots along with main plot. It was fun to see how they worked together to give the story depth. Plus, the author had all the plots wrapped up by the end. I like that. The story itself was humorous. I laughed out loud several times while reading it. My husband kept asking what's so funny?
Besides just the story being fun, I think the author had fun breaking all the rules of mystery writers. So needless to say, it had some unexpected events.
I really enjoyed this book. I hope you give it a try!
Thank you to the author for this book in exchange of my honest opinion