Looking for a murder mystery set in Downton Abbey/The Matrix/Groundhog Day? YEAH, THAT’S A THING. A thing you never even knew you needed. And it’s bloody fantastic. It’s The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton.
You wake up in a house…Blackheath House to be specific, but knowledge of its name will come later. And you find yourself in a body you don’t recognize as your own.
There are three rules of Blackheath House:
- Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11:00 p.m.
- There are eight days, and eight witnesses for you to inhabit.
- We will only let you escape once you tell us the name of the killer.
I adore a good mystery, it’s my favorite genre and this one takes the cake. It’s a different take on the traditional murder mystery; twisty, cunning and quite ingenious in my opinion. It is so complexly layered there may be times in the book, particularly through the beginning, you feel yourself bewildered and lost.
But hang on! Store each little scrap of information in the back of your mind and it all comes brilliantly together.
— Review by Heather, St. Matthews