This week’s BotW is Fidelis Morgan’s The Murder Quadrille – which is another Fahrenheit Press crime novel (that subscription I purchased is turning out to be a good move so far). Honorable mention goes to The Little Shop of Happily Ever After by Jenny Colgan – but that got a mini-review in my Half Term Reads post, so it’s not entirely left out!
This is really hard to summarise without giving the plot away, but I’m going to try. The Murder Quadrille opens at a dinner party being given by a businessman to impress his bank manager. His (really quite annoyed) wife is doing the food. Also invited is their lawyer and his trophy girlfriend and an American crime writer. Talk around the table turns to the dead body that’s turned up on the Common, but is that a good idea?
I liked this so much. It’s dark and funny and clever and you never quite know what’s happening. The narrative moves around from dinner guest to dinner guest – often jumping at just the point when you think you’ve worked out what’s happened, only to reveal another twist that you didn’t see coming. Brilliant.
This is so difficult to categorise – it’s not a detective story, but if you like cozy crime it’s not really very bloody or graphic – although it is blooming creepy – and really quite thrilling. I can’t really think of anything that’s really similar, although in the initial stages Suzette A Hill’s Francis Oughterard series came to mind – but it got much more complicated than that very quickly!
Get your copy of The Murder Quadrille from Amazon Kindle or investigate the possibility of a Fahrenheit Books Subscription here. I’ve had three books through the subscription (which I bought for myself, on the recommendation of a friend) and read two of them so far and really enjoyed both. The price has gone up since I purchased – but so has the number of books they’re publishing this year, so it’s still a saving.