Wow! An incredibly original take on the locked-room mystery. THE. BEST. MYSTERY. I'VE. READ!
This has to be one of the most extraordinarily original concepts for a book I've ever come across. Aidan Bishop wakes up at a house party, but he is not himself, literally. He's actually in the body of someone else AND he's been tasked with solving the mystery of who killed Evelyn Hardcastle before time runs out. Each day, he's reborn again to relive the same day in a different body. This is one of the most intricately layered novels I've ever read with such a diverse cast of characters. What a wild ride!
“I hadn't known how badly I needed to escape my own life and sink into someone else's. Or in this case-- many lives. The multiple perspectives gives this book a mind-blowing mash-up feeling of Clue and the best Agatha Christie. There's a certain delicious joy to being confused and then ignoring the rest of the world while you read, desperate to discover the answers. Sure it's the basic premise of a mystery, but for some readers it's a forgotten joy in need of reviving. Fun, inventive and thoroughly entertaining, perhaps leave your own reality reading is the new binge watching.”
— Beth Reynolds, Norwich Bookstore, Norwich, VT
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“Evelyn Hardcastle will die tonight, at her own party, unless Aiden can figure out who the murderer is before it happens. How? He will spend a day inside the bodies of different guests at the estate, repeating the day over and over until he can solve the case. As he cycles through his ‘hosts,’ Aiden begins to recover memories of who he is, why he is trapped in this bizarre loop, and how to escape once and for all. A meld of golden-age mystery, surreal futurism, and period drama, this book is fresh, strange, and maddeningly (yet satisfyingly) complex.”
— Annie Metcalf, Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Minneapolis, MN
"This book blew my mind! Utterly original and unique."—Sophie Hannah, New York Times bestselling author
A murder mystery novel inspired by Agatha Christie with a dash of Groundhog Day and a hint of Quantum Leap and Downton Abbey.
Aiden Bishop knows the rules. Evelyn Hardcastle will die every day until he can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest at Blackheath Manor. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others. With a locked-room mystery that Agatha Christie would envy, Stuart Turton unfurls a breakneck novel of intrigue and suspense.
The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a breathlessly addictive mystery that follows one man's race against time to find a killer, with an astonishing time-turning twist that means nothing and no one are quite what they seem.
From the author of The Devil and the Dark Water, Stuart Turton delivers inventive twists in a thriller of such unexpected creativity it will leave readers guessing until the very last page.
Praise for The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle:
Sunday Times Bestseller Costa First Novel Award 2018 Winner One of Stylist Magazine's 20 Must-Read Books of 2018 One of Harper's Bazaar's 10 Must-Read Books of 2018 One of Guardian's Best Books of 2018 One of Buzzfeed's 17 Mystery Books You Won't Be Able to Put Down One of BookRiot's 10 Mystery and Thriller Authors like Agatha Christie
"I hereby declare Stuart Turton the Mad Hatter of Crime. The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is unique, energizing, and clever. So original, a brilliant read."—Ali Land, Sunday Times bestselling author Good Me Bad Me
"Darkly comic, mind-blowingly twisty, and with a cast of fantastically odd characters, this is a locked room mystery like no other."—Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes
"Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day... quite unlike anything I've ever read, and altogether triumphant."—A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
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About the Author
STUART TURTON is a freelance journalist who lives in West London with his wife. Stuart is not to be trusted—in the nicest possible way. The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is his first novel.
"Gloriously inventive, playful and clever, this is a must for mystery fans. I wish I'd written it myself." - Robin Stevens, author of the Wells and Wong mystery series
"Stuart Turton's debut novel is dazzling in its complexity, astonishing in its fiendishness, and shocking in its sheer audacity. Every page, every character, and every deliciously dark secret is an absolute treat. Turton is going places." - Anna Stephens, author of The Godblind Trilogy
"Audaciously inventive, gripping, and original." - Louise O'Neill, author of Only Ever Yours and Asking For It
"I'm green with envy; I wish I'd written this book." - Jenny Blackhurst, author of How I Lost You
"Absolute envy-making bloody murderous brilliance." - Natasha Pulley, author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street
"This book had me mesmerized from the very first page to the last. A totally unique premise and a beautifully plotted tale told with breathtaking skill. One of the best books I've read in a long time. Every page either sparkles or fizzes with beauty or danger. This is a real mind-melter of a novel from a writer who has complete mastery over his work. If more people could write like this, who'd need cinema?" - Imran Mahmood, author of You Don't Know Me
"Pop your favorite Agatha Christie whodunnit into a blender with a scoop of Downton Abbey, a dash of Quantum Leap, and a liberal sprinkling of Groundhog's Day and you'll get this unique murder mystery. The twisting, cleverly-written debut . . ." - Harper's Bazaar, 10 New Books to Add to Your Reading List in 2018
"Atmospheric and unique, this is a mystery that adds "Who am I?" to the question of whodunit, with existentially suspenseful results." - Foreword
"My favorite mystery so far this year, it's Agatha Christie, Groundhog Day, and Black Mirror mashed up into the kind of tale you just can't put down." - Sarah Cation, Canadian Living
"Bonkers but brilliant. It's an Agatha Christie manor-house mystery – with a Black Mirror twist. Kept me engrossed and guessing throughout, and I still didn't figure it out." - Kirsty Logan, author of The Gracekeepers
"Dazzling. A revolving door of suspects (and narrators); a sumptuous country-house setting; a pure-silk Möbius strip of a story. This bracingly original, fiendishly clever murder mystery — Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day — is quite unlike anything I've ever read, and altogether triumphant. I wish I'd written it." - A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
"Turton's debut is a brainy, action-filled sendup of the classic mystery." - Kirkus Reviews
"This novel is so ingenious and original that it's difficult to believe it's Turton's debut. The writing is completely immersive...there are certainly echoes of Agatha Christie here, but it's Christie ramped up several notches, thanks to the malevolent twist on the Groundhog Day theme. Readers may be scratching their heads in delicious befuddlement as they work their way through this novel, but one thing will be absolutely clear: Stuart Turton is an author to remember." - Booklist
"This book blew my mind! Utterly original and unique." - International bestseller Sophie Hannah
"I hereby declare Stuart Turton the Mad Hatter of Crime. The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is unique, energizing, and clever. So original, a brilliant read." - Ali Land, Sunday Times bestselling author Good Me Bad Me
"If Agatha Christie and Terry Pratchett had ever had LSD-fuelled sex, then The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle would be their acid trip book baby. Darkly comic, mind-blowingly twisty, and with a cast of fantastically odd characters, this is a locked room mystery like no other" - Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author
"Agatha Christie meets Downton Abbey with a splash of red wine and Twin Peaks. Dark and twisty, lush and riddled with gorgeous prose, part of me will always be trapped in Blackheath." - Delilah S. Dawson, New York Times bestselling author
"A kaleidoscopic mystery that brilliantly bends the limits of the genre and the mind of the reader. The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is urgent, inventive, creepy and, above all, a blast to read!" - Matthew Sullivan, author of Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
"Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! It's a work of sheer genius. An amazing, unique book that blew my mind." - Sarah J. Harris, author of The Color of Bee Larkham's Murder