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How to Solve Your Own Murder: A Novel (Castle Knoll Files, 1) (vuoden 2024 painos)

Tekijä: Kristen Perrin (Tekijä)

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"A dual narrative, feel good mystery in which a woman, Frances, spends a lifetime trying to prevent her murder as predicted by a fortune teller at a country fair when she was just 17. When she is in fact murdered nearly 60 years later, her great niece Annie must solve the crime to avenge her great aunt's death, and in so doing uncovers the dark heart of the quaint English village of Castle Knoll, where she might just find herself in the path of the killer"--… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:How to Solve Your Own Murder: A Novel (Castle Knoll Files, 1)
Kirjailijat:Kristen Perrin (Tekijä)
Info:Dutton (2024), 368 pages
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How to Solve Your Own Murder (tekijä: Kristen Perrin)

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Annie lives with her artist mom at a home that's owned by her Great Aunt Frances, whom Annie has never met. But when Great Aunt Frances summons Annie and others, including her lawyer, to her estate for a meeting, they anticipate a change in Frances's will. What they don't expect is for Frances to be murdered, and for the fortune she received 60 years ago to apparently come true. Frances's will stipulates that Annie or the nephew, Saxon, must solve the murder before the local detective in order to be named her heir. Annie finds herself intrigued by the mystery - and all the gossipy files Frances kept on everybody - and starts investigating.

A fun mystery that is drawing some comparisons to "Knives Out", which does match its quirkiness but which is probably better executed. How to Solve Your Own Murder is Perrin's adult debut, and does have a few issues to work out. I never really understood the point of having the fortune and whether it was real or a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy as Frances interpreted everything through its lens. The back and forth between Frances' diaries from her teenage years in the '60s and Annie's investigation made for good pacing, and the characters were all intriguing. We're kept a little bit in the dark of all that Annie figures out so the reveal is a bit Agatha Christie-like where everything comes together at once and the murderer confesses. If you like cozy mysteries set in a small English town, this one is worth a library borrow at the very least. ( )
  bell7 | May 14, 2024 |
When 3 young girls attend a country fair and hear their fortune, Frances is shocked to hear that hers includes murder. Her friends Emily and Rose tell her it is silly. But, Frances takes the fortune to heart and lives her life according to the prediction.
Her great niece, Annie Adams, is called to hear changes to Great Aunt Frances's will, but when she arrives, she finds that Frances has been murdered, fulfilling the prophecy. Annie is determined to find out what happened to her aunt. What she uncovers is years of secrecy and a jealousy that was murderous. ( )
  rmarcin | May 8, 2024 |
The title intrigued me, and I was engaged from the first pages of this British murder mystery in two timelines: the 1965 journal of a teenage girl and the current day mystery of who killed Great Aunt Frances (the former teenage girl).

Combining the clues, characters, secrets, and twists of "Knives Out" with "Magpie Murders" had me guessing as to who was the murderer – or were there two murderers, one from the past and one in the present?

Lots of characters, possible motives, and suspects kept me turning the pages. Present day Annie Adams, who has been tasked with solving the murder of her Great Aunt Frances, is a likeable amateur sleuth, and I enjoyed how she shared her suspicions and riddle solutions with the reader so we could also solve the murder mystery. Unfortunately she was one of those people who ignores advice to stay safe and puts herself in danger due to her impetuousness. The book loses a star for how the author artificially creates drama through Annie’s bad judgement.

All mysteries and suspects were explained as the novel winds down, not always to my satisfaction. I’m rating this 3.5 stars and think it would be an entertaining beach read. ( )
  PhyllisReads | Apr 23, 2024 |
How To Solve Your Own Murder is a distinct cut-above your average entertaining murder mystery. And yes, I can confirm the publisher’s parallel…. this book really does have a wonderful ‘Only Murders in the Building‘ vibe.

Kristen Perrin has taken one of my favourite literary constructs, parallel present day and historical first-person narratives, the latter epistolary, and executed it superbly.

The character development feels deeply authentic, with both narrators, instantly engaging. I found both women’s unique spark and persistence highly appealing. Continue reading: https://www.bookloverbookreviews.com/2024/03/how-to-solve-your-own-murder-kriste... ( )
  BookloverBookReviews | Apr 20, 2024 |
First sentence: "Your future contains dry bones."

Premise/plot: Frances Adams receives a fortune at a country fair that changes the lives of her and her friends in Kristen Perrin's newest mystery novel. The mystery has dual time periods. Frances' journal/diary is from 1965/1966. The present story is told from the point of view of her great-niece, Annie Adams. It seems that Frances' fortune that she would be murdered was accurate. It is up to Annie (and several others) to solve her murder and possibly inherit her estate. Frances spent most of her life--all her adult life--preparing for the day. She took NOTES and kept files and records on anybody/everybody. So Annie will have a lot of material to work from...but it might just prove dangerous. The person who murdered Frances might not hesitate to murder again...

My thoughts: I really LOVED this one. There were multiple crimes to solve. The characterization was substantive. So MANY characters--all of them quirky/interesting. Plenty of people might have motives for wanting Frances to mind her own business...but who would kill to protect a secret? There are red herrings. But I really enjoyed puzzling this one out. I enjoyed BOTH narratives. Definitely recommend this one. ( )
  blbooks | Apr 11, 2024 |
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