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A murder mystery told entirely through interviews. Sit back and become a real armchair detective. PI Elizabeth Chalice needs you to help her solve the case.

One Body. Twelve Suspects. 

Twelve motives for murder....

It's a beautiful Christmas day in Como, and the Caswell-Jones family are celebrating with their nearest and dearest in their Villa Janus. Merriment and limoncello abound.

That is, until Jonty Caswell-Jones is found dead in his study. With no staff today, the only suspects are the guests and the family. Under the surface, tensions have been brewing, guests have been seething and rivalries have reared their ugly head.

Jonty's wife, Catherine, knows there's a killer among them, so she calls her acquaintance Elizabeth Chalice to investigate. She wants to keep this firmly within the family if she can. No one else must know.

As each suspect is interviewed in turn, Elizabeth must work out who killed Jonty and why. And is anyone else in danger? But with 12 suspects each with their own very clear motive, anything is possible....

©2020 Fiona Sherlock (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Marvellously quirky and full of suspense

vivid portrayals of a host of unusual, generally vile characters... great, classic mystery book with an unexpected twist!

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Enjoyable and fun

This was a really lucky find for me. The ebook came up as a sale notification from Kobo for 99p but I noticed that the audiobook "immersive experience" was pushed in the synopsis, and comparing the text and audio version I felt that it was one of those odd books where the format would work better in audio. It really does and I don't think I could have read it as a book, the epistolary style doesn't work for me. All of the voice acting was excellent, not overdone and it felt very natural with nice dramatic extras like door knocks, footsteps etc that were done in a professional way that didn't overtake the speech. It was nice to have clearly separate characters read by different narrators, like a dramatisation. The book was slightly quirky and set in 50s with post-war upper middle class attitudes. Everything flowed well but strangely, I didn't overly like the detective, I felt she had smug attitudes. I can't say I was surprised by the reason and the killer, it was strongly foreshadowed, but I didn't feel that it mattered because I was eager to see if I was right, I became quite engrossed by it.

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Waited 8 hours for...

All the episodes were fairly gripping full of information to gather in this Murder Mystery. Very disappointed in the ending though that nothing from the previous episodes really made up who the killer was or why - lots of extra bits that weren't covered at all!

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Thoroughly enjoyable

Loved this book, great plot which unveils tips on all the characters through out and builds the back story intriguingly. All the characters had brilliant stories and the production was excellent. Recommend this book, great entertainment.

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A Vile Group of People

An annoying detective is called to solve a murder among a group of people that you would be happy to kill yourself. The story is a standard Agatha Christie knock-off but the format is awful. We, the listener, are addressed by the detective as though we are there. However, we are occasionally sent to a different part of the house while the text follows the detective so we learn what she sees not what we see. It's all very clunky. I'd have given this a miss if I knew then what I know now.