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Contains a sneak peek of the sequel, Everyone On This Train Is A Suspect, out 17 October 2023
‘An ingenious and hilarious meta-murder mystery.’ The Sunday Times
'Exceptionally clever and amusing . . . Stevenson carries off this tour de force with all the aplomb of a master magician who conducts his tricks in plain view.' Publishers Weekly (USA) Starred Review
'What an exceptionally fresh, smart, funny book — I’ve never read anything like this before.’ #1 bestselling author Jane Harper
‘I absolutely LOVED it. It’s so engaging, entertaining and charming. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like it. It was SUCH a fun read.’ Marian Keyes
'Clever, unexpected, and not to be missed.' NYT and international bestselling author Karin Slaughter
I was dreading the Cunningham family reunion even before the first murder.
Before the storm stranded us at the mountain resort, snow and bodies piling up.
The thing is, us Cunninghams don’t really get along. We’ve only got one thing in common: we’ve all killed someone.
The Australian novel that has taken the world by (snow)storm. Following a heated auction in Hollywood, film/TV rights were sold to HBO, and publishing rights to 26 countries so far!
‘I absolutely loved it. Utterly original, hugely entertaining, and a must-read for every fan of the mystery genre.’ Jane Harper
'The most luxuriantly enjoyable novel I've read in years. And years . . . I only wish there were more members of the Cunningham clan, so that this raucous, matchlessly entertaining mystery could go on longer.' AJ Finn
'This is undoubtedly a future classic.' The Big Issue
'The most original crime novel you will read this year.' Canberra Weekly
'For something different, look no further than the very clever and entirely experimental Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone ... one of the most anticipated books of the year.' Weekend Australian
'Stevenson not only "plays fair", he plays the mystery game very, very well.' Washington Post
'An engrossing whodunnit, with an ingenious twist on the classic crime genre. The type of book you finish and want to immediately read again.' Kyle Perry
'If you're a classic murder mystery fan looking for something fresh and original, you will absolutely love this. I did.' Anna Downes
'The best thing I've read in ages. I absolutely loved it. Whip-smart, twisted, funny, and constructed with the pinpoint precision of a bloodthirsty watchmaker.' Stuart MacBride
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A self-proclaimed reliable narrator, Ernie Cunningham is an expert on crime writing, especially the golden age of murder mysteries. That serves him well when he’s drawn to a snow-swept family reunion at an Australian mountain resort, upping the already high stakes among a group of relatives who won’t let him forget a prior transgression. Opening with its attention-grabbing title phrase, this very meta mystery balances an intricate structure with both a chatty tone and a zippy pace. Author Benjamin Stevenson is also a stand-up comedian, which explains Ernie’s firm handle on rapid-fire commentary. It all makes for a gripping whodunit that’s also uncommonly funny. Perfect for fans of Knives Out, this book has been optioned by HBO for a limited series.
Ernie Cunningham, the narrator of this exceptionally clever and amusing mystery from Stevenson (Either Side of Midnight), hooks the reader immediately with his opening words: "Everyone in my family has killed someone. Some of us, the high achievers, have killed more than once." Ernie, who acknowledges up front the recent trend in crime fiction for narrators such as himself to be unreliable, self-publishes how-to books for aspiring authors. As another character comments, "You write books about how to write books that you've never written, bought by people who will never write one." It's been three years since Ernie's testimony sent his brother Michael to prison for murder after Michael asked Ernie to dispose of a corpse that turned out not to be quite dead yet. While attending a tense family reunion at an Australian ski resort, Ernie winds up in the middle of a real-life whodunit. The death of a stranger, apparently killed by a fire in the snow that didn't melt any snow, resembles the work of a serial murderer known as the Black Tongue. Along the way, the author tosses in other deaths, past and present. Stevenson carries off this tour de force with all the aplomb of a master magician who conducts his tricks in plain view. This is perfect for Peter Lovesey fans.
This was a refreshing approach to the classic whodunnit! It was both amusing and teasing in the reader’s quest to unveil the murdered in a nest of “killers”.
Fun to read with a great twist.