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London, 1930s: Rachel Savernake has been invited to a private view of an art exhibition at a fashionable gallery. The artist, Damaris Gethin, known as ‘the Queen of Surrealism’, is debuting a show featuring live models pretending to be waxworks of famous killers. Before her welcoming speech, Damaris asks a haunting favour of the amateur sleuth: she wants Rachel to solve her murder. As Damaris takes to a stage set with a guillotine, the lights go out. There is a cry and the blade falls. Damaris has executed herself. It is now left to Rachel to question why Damaris would take her own life – and just what she meant by ‘solve my murder’.

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‘Martin Edwards is a true master of British crime writing’ Richard Osman‘Highly recommended, with a touch of the gothic’ Ann CleevesHow can you solve a murder before it’s happened?‘This is my challenge for you,’ the woman in white said. ‘I want you to solve my murder.’London, 1930s: Rachel Savernake is attending renowned artist Damaris Gethin’s latest exhibition, featuring live models who pose as famous killers. But that’s just the warm-up act…Unsure why she was invited, Rachel is soon cornered by the artist who asks her a haunting favour: she wants Rachel to solve her murder. Damaris then takes to the stage set with a guillotine, the lights go out – and Damaris executes herself.Why would Damaris take her own life? And, if she died by her own hand, what did she mean by ‘solve my murder’?There are many questions to answer, and the clues are there for those daring enough to solve them…Rachel Savernake faces her most puzzling murder yet in this glamorous gothic mystery from the winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger. Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and Richard Osman.Praise for Martin Edwards:‘Martin Edwards celebrates and satirises the genre with wit and affection… He leaves you wanting more.’ The Times‘The brilliant Savernake is a fascinatingly enigmatic character.’ Washington Post‘Ingeniously plotted and racily told…This is Edwards on the top of his form.’ Dorothy L Sayers Society Bulletin‘Martin Edwards holds his own with the best of classic crime.’ Daily Mail‘Reads as if Ruth Rendell were channelling Edgar Wallace.’ Mick Herron

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Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 cm










1st paperback ed


823.92 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K