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In the Crypt with a Candlestick

In the Crypt with a Candlestick

‘Sharp, funny . . . the best sort of murder mystery’ Tatler

‘A jolly farce that never takes itself too seriously’ Red Magazine

‘Fizzles, crackles and sparkles’ Elizabeth Buchan

‘A perfect antidote to wintry gloom’ The Literary Review

‘Deliciously entertaining’ Andrew Wilson

‘A work of sublime sillinessSimon Brett

‘An effervescent madcap whodunnit’ Metro

A marvellous rollicking read‘ Mary Killen


Sir Ecgbert Tode of Tode Hall has survived to a grand old age – much to the despair of his younger wife, Emma. But at ninety-three he has, at last, shuffled off the mortal coil.

Emma, Lady Tode, thoroughly fed up with being a dutiful Lady of the Manor, wants to leave the country to spend her remaining years in Capri. Unfortunately her three tiresome children are either unwilling or unable (too mad, too lefty or too happy in Australia) to take on management of their large and important home, so the mantle passes to a distant relative and his glamorous wife.

Not long after the new owners take over, Lady Tode is found dead in the mausoleum. Accident? Or is there more going on behind the scenes of Tode Hall than an outsider would ever guess….?

In the traditions of two great but very different British writers, Agatha Christie and P.G. Wodehouse, Waugh’s hilarious and entirely original twist on the country house murder mystery comes complete with stiff upper lips, even stiffer drinks, and any stiffs that might embarrass the family getting smartly brushed under the carpet…

Praise for Daisy Waugh

‘Refreshingly sharp and witty social satire’ DAILY MAIL

‘Dazzlingly evoked’ SUNDAY TIMES

‘Funny, cynical, and genuinely knowing’ EVENING STANDARD

‘A lubricious new novel . . . period charm and sexual intrigue’ TATLER

‘Gripping . . . powerful, evocative’ THE LADY

‘A sharp eye for detail and a refreshingly black comic streak’ LITERARY REVIEW
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery / Classic Crime

On Sale: 20th February 2020

Price: £16.99

ISBN-13: 9780349422459

Reviews

Fizzles, crackles and sparkles
Elizabeth Buchan
An irresistible, high-camp crime caper - deliciously entertaining
Andrew Wilson
A work of sublime silliness. The knife-edge between crime and comedy is a tricky one, but Daisy Waugh negotiates it magnificently. The story is preposterous, as it should be in a book of this kind, and the author is clearly less interested in the finer points of crime plotting than she is in sharp observations and social satire. The result is a delightful book, witty, pacy and beautifully written.
Simon Brett
This is a marvellous rollicking read with brilliantly drawn characters. I finished it within 24 hours
Mary Killen
A perfect antidote to wintry gloom
The Literary Review
An effervescent madcap whodunnit
Metro
It's sharp, funny and just the right amount of farcical - the best sort of murder mystery
Tatler
A jolly farce that never takes itself too seriously
Red Magazine