Wow! An incredibly original take on the locked-room mystery. THE. BEST. MYSTERY. I'VE. READ!— randy
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!— From Amanda's Mystery/Thriller Picks
“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
“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 71/2 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 71/2 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 71/2 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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