Teaser Tuesday – 26th June, 2018 #Brainfluffbookblog #TeaserTuesday

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This is my choice of the day:

Murder Takes a Turn – Book 5 of the Langham and Dupré Mystery series by Eric Brown

64% Greaves said, ‘I’ve had everyone gather in the library, sir.’
‘Very good.’ Mallory consulted his notebook. ‘Let’s have Lady Cecilia Albrighton along first, shall we?’
Greaves left the room and closed the door behind him.

BLURB: A country house weekend in rural Cornwall ends in murder and mayhem for crime-writer sleuth Donald Langham and his wife Maria.

When Langham’s literary agent receives a cryptic letter inviting him to spend the weekend at the grand Cornish home of successful novelist Denbigh Connaught, Charles Elder seems reluctant to attend. What really happened between Elder and Connaught during the summer of 1917, nearly forty years before – and why has it had such a devastating effect on Charles?

Accompanying his agent to Connaught House, Langham and his wife Maria discover that Charles is not the only one to have received a letter. But why has Denbigh Connaught gathered together a group of people who each bear him a grudge?

When a body is discovered in Connaught’s study, the ensuing investigation uncovers dark secrets that haunt the past of each and every guest – including Charles Elder himself …

I picked the Netgalley arc up on a whim, wanting a bit more murder mystery in my life – and so far have thoroughly enjoyed this trip into the past, where murders occur in lovely houses where a number of people have gathered who don’t know or like each other very much…

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15 responses »

  1. Glad you’re enjoying it so far. It makes me think of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None or the movie Murder by Death. It does sound interesting.

      • It is great fun – I also enjoy Brown’s science fiction. He has written one of my all-time favourite worlds, though the story doesn’t really live up to the fabulous setting as he wanted to give it a happy ending, which simply didn’t work with the narrative weight and the historical truth. But he is definitely writing enjoying these murder mysteries.

      • Oh, I like happy endings! But you’re right that if the narrative drives one way, you can’d just skew off road to another. Hmmm. Still, your lauding of this world’s got me intrigued…. 😉

      • That was a problem – he painted a beautifully poignant world where space pilots were redundant thanks to portals. It was set in a semi-deserted Paris, now overrun with alien vegetation and a pilot drinking too much… Brilliant.

      • Oh wow…that IS awesome. I love how the scifi mind can look at reality, make just one or two changes, and then suddenly it’s an entirely different world…only it isn’t, to the eyes that are watchful. 🙂

    • Yes – I have to say, I found this really enjoyable and though I did my usual trick of crashing midway into the series, I still found it easy to appreciate the main characters and the crucial aspects of the backstory that I needed to know. Review will be following in due course…

    • Yes – that’s why I chose that particular extract – I thought it would bring back happy memories for Christie fans:). It has been a really entertaining read.

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