Death and the Lit Chick

Death and the Lit Chick Wildly successful chick lit mystery writer Kimberlee Kalder is the guest of honor at an exclusive writers conference at Dalmorton Castle in Scotland But the fun ends when Kimberlee is found dead at th

  • Title: Death and the Lit Chick
  • Author: G.M. Malliet
  • ISBN: 9780738712475
  • Page: 387
  • Format: Paperback
  • Wildly successful chick lit mystery writer Kimberlee Kalder is the guest of honor at an exclusive writers conference at Dalmorton Castle in Scotland But the fun ends 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 ChiefWildly successful chick lit mystery writer Kimberlee Kalder is the guest of honor at an exclusive writers conference at Dalmorton Castle in Scotland But the fun ends 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

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    1. A wonderful mystery in the style of Agatha Christie, this book includes an enormous cast of characters that, surprisingly, is not confusing. The author includes a long, detailed cast list at the beginning of the book and, at first glance, I thought I would not be able to keep up with them all. However, the author introduces each of them well and begins to weave an intricate web of interconnectedness that is fascinating and really hard to put down. I read this in one long Sunday afternoon and fee [...]

    2. Huh-larious. From the woman who brought us Death and the Cozy Writer comes a new installment of murder among spectacularly absurd people. This time they’re an assortment of mystery writers at a conference at some Scottish castle. Most of them have a motive for killing the star of the conference, a hack arriviste whose books are obviously inferior and yet, inexplicably, sell better. (The cow probably didn’t even write them herself!) To add insult to injury, she is also a blond knockout who’ [...]

    3. I always enjoy G.M. Malliet's writing and I love her contribution to fun fiction detectives, St. Just. Death and the Lit Chick is the second in the St. Just series and it is a pleasurable English manor mystery, when the manor is filled with mystery writers desperate to be published and one young beautiful author who has scored a major hit with a cross-over genre: mystery a la chick lit a la roman a clef. Everybody has reasons to hate Kimberlee so when she is murdered, the problem is too many peo [...]

    4. Inspector St. Just of Cambridge has the dubious honor of presenting a panel at a mystery writers' conference, which includes a stay at the historic Dalmorton Castle in Scotland along with several authors and publicists from the Drawn Dagger (I think that was the name) publishing house. Among them is the gorgeous and poisonous Kimberlee Kalder, who shot to fame and fortune with her chick lit mystery, 'Dying for a Latte.' Everyone at the castle, it seems has some reason to hate Kimberlee, so it's [...]

    5. Okay so started this novel before an international trip and finished it on the plane and didnt really like the ending, it seemed rushed and contrived to me and the story had so much promiseOkay so this is a mystery along the same vein of one of my favorite mysteries And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie with the smart and thought provoking premise of a group of mystery writers convening in a castle when one particularly annoying author is murderered and because of the eerie secluded settin [...]

    6. This is the first narrated audiobook I've tried (I've listened to books before, but using the entertainly unmusical and robotic voice that comes with my phone). It's quite difficult to separate my opinion of the book from the narration - I'm fairly sure the story would have read slightly differently to me if I'd read it instead of listened to it.However, I can listen to books during my day job! I'm trialling a Scribd subscription, which makes audiobooks not so financially steep a prospect.This i [...]

    7. So how many mysteries have you read where a gaggle of authors head to a conference and one of the dies? Yep. In this one, however, the author seems to be having a bit of fun with us by reviving some classic British mystery scenes and adding cell phones and laptops. I knew instantly where the book was going but the writing was bright and amusing enough to keep me on board. The ending was a bit "meh" but it could have been much worse. I shudder to think of, perhaps, a hot summer day where our hero [...]

    8. I enjoyed this second-in-a-series book. It was a new take on the country house murder. The detective was interesting, the other characters rather broadly drawn. For light mystery entertainment, I think I would try G. M. Malliet again. This was a good antidote to Cold Granite by Stuart MacBride. There is even a line in Lit Chick refering to most current British crime fiction as "tres, tres noir" which Cold Granite definitely is.

    9. This is not actually a chick lit book. It starts a male detective trying to solve a murder at a mystery writer's conference. It is pretty good, and has some funny moments based around writing a mystery staring characters who write mysteries. However, the big reveal was based largely around not mentioning certain details to the reader. Sure, that made it harder to guess one of our conspirators, but it's the cheap way to do it.

    10. There were holes in the plot big enough to drive a bulldozer through but since it's a farce from start to finish I guess it's okay. It was amusing although I didn't enjoy this one as much as I did the first one.

    11. Wonderful! So glad I got this book at Malice! Can't wait to read the one before this and the one after now. Arthur St. Just is a really good character and the send off of the mystery-writing field is hilarious. Really recommend.

    12. It was alright; though I would have preferred the murder to happen earlier. The prologue was boring and unnecessary- although the epilogue was okay.

    13. The is the first of the 'St Just' series I have come across and I'm not greatly impressed. It's effectively a country house murder in a snowstorm kind of plot, but set in a Scottish castle turned into a hotel surrounded by a moat which is accessed across a drawbridge which is raised at night. Needless to say, the murder takes place when the drawbridge is raised and cannot be lowered due to a power failure. Those in the hotel are an assortment of crime writers, literary agents and general hangers [...]

    14. I'm giving this 4 stars because I once again failed to pinpoint the murderer. This may be partly due to the fact I occasionally tune this out when I'm listening and doing other things (I find this does happen with audiobooks), and it may be due somewhat to the narrator's voice (it lulls me), but I'm going to give credit that it may also be due to the writer. I'm not overly impressed with this series simply because both books have been focused on writers and their lives, with a lot of what feels [...]

    15. I'd rate this 3.5, actually. I have always wanted to be a published writer, so a mystery set at a writer's convention caught my interest. The characters are fairly stock issue. The injections of overwrought prose are cringingly entertaining.St. Just is invited to attend a writer's convention at a remote Scottish castle. The guests include a new money making chic lit author, a reporter, a an assortment of other authors, some rather past the due date, agents, and publishers. Everyone despises Kimb [...]

    16. Great writing style and humorous homage to the genre. Well, to several genres. Clever and fun, but points taken away for what I took to be a pointless romantic addition/sideplot and (view spoiler)[an ending that made me feel cheated--Malliet seemed to rely too heavily on that old, ought-to-be-descredited-by-now trope of "let's make the murderer the least likely character without sprinkling enough clues along" (hide spoiler)]. Still, there was enough there to make me request the first one from th [...]

    17. Author G.M. Malliet has the same fun with backstabbing mystery writers in Death of the Lit Chick as she did with the traditional British house mystery in Death of a Cozy Writer. In this second novel to feature Detective Chief Inspector St. Just, the police inspector has been dispatched to lecture a convention of mystery writers gathered on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Scotland. Readers can begin with the series with Death of the Lit Chick without having read the first novel. Indeed, this novel mi [...]

    18. Again, a probably higher star rating that would otherwise be the case because I love the setting - a writers' convention. Having attended my fair share of Star Trek conventions, I really enjoy books set in a similar milieu. I also found the characters excellent and hilarious - nothing like a hearty laugh along with your murder mystery. Truly enjoyed this one.

    19. Didn’t like this as much as the first one in the series even though it had a castle setting.!Mostly because I thought the St Just and Portia relationship was thrown in rather than developed in kind of thoughtful, believable way. Too quick.I’ll try one more though as the mystery about mystery writers was kind of fun.

    20. Set in a medieval Scottish castle during a mystery writers convention, Detective St. Just, there to give a talk on real crime, must step in to lead an investigation when a murder occurs amongst them. I found this funny, especially how all the mystery writers put their own spin on their alibis' and their take on the murder. It's the 2nd in the St. Just cozy mystery series. I liked the book.

    21. I liked Detective St. Jude's character, but all in all I felt that this book dragged on and on. By the end I had lost interest in the characters and didn't really have any interest in discovering the killer.

    22. I can't help it. I love the St? Just books. I don't know where he came up with the solution in this book but I really don't care. I just like the characterizations.

    23. I like the characters in this book more than the ones in the first. It was a much more entertaining read.

    24. Pretty good for a commute "listen". Unsure I would have liked it as well just sitting and reading it. I found the ending a bitcking. Your mileage may vary!

    25. Ok, I recently read "Wicked Autumn" by this author and found it so terrible I didn't give it one start. This week I donwloaded a more audio books from the library and unknowingly picked another one. About 20 minutes into the book I wondered if I had unwittingly picked the same boring author again. The more I listened the more bored I became. I tried very hard to give her another go. But her stuffy, stuck in the 50s style of writing is hideous. It's like all the characters just escaped the 1950s [...]

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