Death and the Lit ChickBook - 2009
Book 2 in the Agatha Award-Winning Series
Cold-blooded murder is, like, totally un-cool
As the wildly successful darling of the publishing industry, chick lit mystery writer Kimberlee Kalder is the guest of honor at an exclusive writers' conference at Dalmorton Castle in Scotland. But jealousy and resentment are soon replaced with shock when Kimberlee is found dead at the bottom of the castle's bottle dungeon.
Who didn't want to see prima donna Kimberlee brutally extinguished like one of her ill-fated characters? It's up to Detective Chief Inspector St. Just to track down the true killer in a castle full of cagey mystery connoisseurs who live and breathe malicious murder and artful alibis...
Named a Best Book of 2009 by Deadly Pleasures
"[In] her superior second cozy, Malliet's satirical take on the mystery scene is spot-on."--Publishers Weekly(starred review)
"Malliet excels at stylish writing very reminiscent of the golden age of British mysteries. A real find for old-school mystery fans."--Booklist(starred review)
"An absolutely delicious skewering of the world of mystery publishing and its none-too-savory denizens, Death and the Lit Chickis even wittier and more skillfully constructed than her Agatha Award-winning Death of a Cozy Writer."--Denver Post
"Delicious. Malliet is laugh-out-loud funny in describing the cadre of crime writers encountered by the sometimes-flustered St. Just."--Mystery Scene
"An entertaining diversion"--Kirkus Reviews
"A good choice for readers who enjoy intelligent cozies and traditional mysteries."--Library Journal
"Readers who enjoy all things British, as well as a good whodunit, will find these novels just the ticket."--Free Lance-Star
"The writing is A+--smooth, clever (in the good sense) and a pleasure to read."--Cozy Library
"Death and the Lit Chickshows why classics never go out of style...Malliet belongs on your bookshelf."--Reviewing the Evidence
"Malliet's old-fashioned style is reminiscent of the traditional whodunits of the past... but with a distinctly humorous flair. The book is a clever mystery as well as a witty satire." --Vickie Britton at Suite 101