DS Harbinder Kaur returns after The Stranger Diaries to solve Griffith's take on a "cozy" murder mystery, but she can't keep a unlikely trio of amateur sleuths from pursuing clues left in mystery novels old and new. The twists and turns are as fair as they are surprising -- I did not spot the murderer before the reveal, but Kaur spotted the clues.
Murder leaps off the page when crime novelists begin to turn up dead in this intricate new novel by internationally best-selling author Elly Griffiths, a literary mystery perfect for fans of Anthony Horowitz and Agatha Christie.
The death of a ninety-year-old woman with a heart condition should not be suspicious. Detective Sergeant Harbinder Kaur certainly sees nothing out of the ordinary when Peggy’s caretaker, Natalka, begins to recount Peggy Smith’s passing.
But Natalka had a reason to be at the police station: while clearing out Peggy’s flat, she noticed an unusual number of crime novels, all dedicated to Peggy. And each psychological thriller included a mysterious postscript: PS: for PS. When a gunman breaks into the flat to steal a book and its author is found dead shortly thereafter—Detective Kaur begins to think that perhaps there is no such thing as an unsuspicious death after all.
And then things escalate: from an Aberdeen literary festival to the streets of Edinburgh, writers are being targeted. DS Kaur embarks on a road trip across Europe and reckons with how exactly authors can think up such realistic crimes . . .
About the Author
ELLY GRIFFITHS is the author of the Ruth Galloway and Brighton mystery series and the stand-alone novels The Stranger Diaries and The Postscript Murders. She is a recipient of the Edgar Award for Best Novel, the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and the CWA Dagger in the Library Award. She lives in Brighton, England.
Praise for Elly Griffiths and THE POSTSCRIPT MURDERS A Most Anticipated Title of 2021 from Crime Reads and The Buzz Magazines
“A limitless talent, a novelist in the humane vein of Louise Penny and Kate Atkinson, Elly Griffiths is one of my flat-out favorite contemporary suspense writers. No matter the book—a Ruth Galloway mystery, a Magic Men caper, an ambitious, assured non-series thriller—she innovates and excites; I turn each final page both deeply satisfied and ravenous for more.” —AJ Finn
“Delightful...Told with Griffiths's characteristic charm and gentleness.” —Daily Mail
“A light-hearted, life-affirming celebration of crime fiction and the colourful characters that create it...Such witty and charming entertainment.” —The Times
“This super-readable thriller will have you hooked.” —The Sun
“A love letter to murder mysteries, wrapped up in a character-rich caper.” —Sunday Mirror
“Griffiths assembles a vivid cast of characters, offering an enjoyably modern take on an old genre.” —The Sunday Times
“If you're looking for a laugh and to travel on a murder hunt, The Postscript Murders is the read for you.” —Daily Record
“An entertaining mystery for book-lovers.” —Good Housekeeping
“Always an expert in building tension and creating atmosphere in her thrillers, Elly Griffiths' latest is no exception.” —Woman's Weekly
“Dark and addictive.” —Woman's Weekly Fiction
"Complex characters, hidden histories, and adept twists enrich the narrative. Readers will be enthralled." —Publishers Weekly
"Griffiths, author of the long-running Ruth Galloway series, follows the success of her first standalone, The Stranger Diaries (2019), winner of the 2020 Edgar for Best Novel, with another irresistible thriller...Bibliophile genre fans will enjoy the insider’s look at publishing and relish the intoxicating, often intoxicated, milieu of the festival. All readers will devour the cleverly constructed story, replete with Griffiths’ trademark engaging prose, well-placed humor, and always-endearing characters." —Booklist, STARRED review