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'When did you last read a genuinely original thriller? The wait is over.' A. J. Finn, bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
All murder mysteries follow a simple set of rules. Grant McAllister, an author of crime fiction and professor of mathematics, once sat down and worked them all out.
But that was thirty years ago. Now he's living a life of seclusion on a quiet Mediterranean island - until Julia Hart, a sharp, ambitious editor, knocks on his door. His early work is being republished and together the two of them must revisit those old stories: an author, hiding from his past, and an editor, keen to understand it.
But as she reads, Julia is unsettled to realise that there are things in the stories that don't make sense. Intricate clues that seem to reference a real murder, one that's remained unsolved for thirty years.
Julia realises she's unwittingly entered a battle of wits where there can only be one winner. But Grant will soon realise that he underestimates her at his peril...
© Alex Pavesi 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
When it comes to murder, does art imitate life or vice versa? In this delightfully meta mystery novel, eccentric math professor Grant McAllister writes a book of short stories that demonstrate his theories about crafting the perfect whodunit based on mathematical rules. Thirty years later, editor Julia Hart seeks to republish the long out-of-print collection—but every time she sits down with the reclusive author, she discovers something new about Grant’s rules that doesn’t add up. First-time author Alex Pavesi is clearly a big Agatha Christie fan, scattering subtle references to the grande dame’s works like so many Easter eggs. The Eighth Detective is a delight: We marvelled at Pavesi’s cleverness as a mystery author and his enthusiasm for the genre.
Amazing! Cannot wait for Alex Pavesi’s next novel!
This book is perfect for audio, due to the short stories that build the main story.
You can easily listen to one each day and never lose the suspense.
Im a avid crime reader and this book made me wish my journey would never end!
Got about a third of the way through and still couldn’t see where the actual story was.