A Brush with Death

Ali Carter. Point Blank, $14.99 trade paper (304p) ISBN 978-1-78607-276-4
One summer weekend, while visiting the Earl and Countess of Greengrass at Beckenstale Manor in Dorset, pet portrait artist Susie Mahl, the narrator of British author Carter’s auspicious debut, meets Ben and Antonia Codrington, who commission her to paint a picture of Situp, the couple’s deerhound. The day of her planned departure, on a walk with Situp in the village of Spire, Susie and the Codringtons come across a shocking scene—the 75-year-old earl lying dead just outside the local church, an apparent heart attack victim. Lady Greengrass asks Susie to stay, and one more night turns into several. When the police determine that the earl was murdered, Susie takes it on herself to identify the culprit. Susie pays close attention to the relationships among the Beckenstale residents, in particular the countess’s with her son and the wife she thinks beneath him. Surprising bequests from the earl’s will and arcane inheritance rules create complications. Animal lovers, Anglophiles, and fans of humorous, socially observant whodunits will look forward to the next Susie Mahl mystery. (July)
Reviewed on: 05/28/2018
Release date: 07/01/2018
Genre: Fiction
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