How to Solve Your Own Murder: A Novel (Large Print / Paperback)

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When Annie Adams' wealthy and eccentric Aunt Frances was a young woman, a fortune teller told her she would be murdered and gave her a trail of obscure breadcrumbs to try to figure out who would do it.  As one might imagine, this knowledge led Frances down a path of increasing paranoia and fear eroding her sense of trust in her friends and family and transforming her from a carefree and open young woman to a recluse.  When Frances is found dead in her library, Annie learns that she has been named in the will but with a wild catch.  Annie must solve the murder in order to inherit!   A clever cozy mystery for fans of Thursday Murder Club and Magpie Murders. 

— Samantha


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For fans of Knives Out and The Thursday Murder Club, an enormously fun mystery about a woman who spends her entire life trying to prevent her foretold murder only to be proven right sixty years later, when she is found dead in her sprawling country estate.... Now it's up to her great-niece to catch the killer.

It’s 1965 and teenage Frances Adams is at an English country fair with her two best friends. But Frances’s night takes a hairpin turn when a fortune-teller makes a bone-chilling prediction: One day, Frances will be murdered. Frances spends a lifetime trying to solve a crime that hasn’t happened yet, compiling dirt on every person who crosses her path in an effort to prevent her own demise. For decades, no one takes Frances seriously, until nearly sixty years later, when Frances is found murdered, like she always said she would be.
In the present day, Annie Adams has been summoned to a meeting at the sprawling country estate of her wealthy and reclusive great-aunt Frances. But by the time Annie arrives in the quaint English village of Castle Knoll, Frances is already dead. Annie is determined to catch the killer, but thanks to Frances’s lifelong habit of digging up secrets and lies, it seems every endearing and eccentric villager might just have a motive for her murder. Can Annie safely unravel the dark mystery at the heart of Castle Knoll, or will dredging up the past throw her into the path of a killer?
As Annie gets closer to the truth, and closer to the danger, she starts to fear she might inherit her aunt’s fate instead of her fortune.

About the Author

Kristen Perrin is originally from Seattle, Washington, where she spent several years working as a bookseller before moving to the UK to do a master's and PhD. She lives with her family in Surrey, where she can be found poking around vintage bookstores, stomping in the mud with her two kids, and collecting too many plants. Her middle-grade series, Attie and the World Breakers, was published in German, Dutch, and Polish. How to Solve Your Own Murder is her adult debut.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593862278
ISBN-10: 0593862279
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Publication Date: March 26th, 2024
Pages: 512
Language: English