A Shot in the Dark - A Constable Twitten Mystery (Hardback)
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A Shot in the Dark - A Constable Twitten Mystery (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 28/06/2018
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'With plenty of brightly coloured bucket-and-spadery, including ghost trains and Punch and Judy and variety acts, this clever, tongue-in-cheek escapade is a perfect summer read' - The Guardian 

The first book in a charming and witty new crime series from much-loved author Lynne Truss

After the notorious `Middle Street Massacre' of 1951, when the majority of Brighton's criminals wiped one another out in a vicious battle as the local police force enjoyed a brief stop en route for an ice cream, Inspector Steine rather enjoys life as a policeman.

No criminals, no crime, no stress. He just wishes Sergeant Brunswick would stop insisting that perhaps not every criminal was wiped out that fateful day.

So it's really rather annoying when an ambitious - not to mention irritating - new constable shows up to work and starts investigating a series of burglaries. And it's even more annoying when, after Constable Twitten is despatched to the theatre for the night, he sits next to a vicious theatre critic who is promptly shot dead part way through the opening night of a new play.

It seems Brighton may be in need of a police force after all...

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408890516
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 596 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'[An] entertaining new crime series ... Truss's affection for a rollicking, twisty caper has transferred to the page with ease ... There's some fine storytelling on display here' - The Observer 

'With plenty of brightly coloured bucket-and-spadery, including ghost trains and Punch and Judy and variety acts, this clever, tongue-in-cheek escapade is a perfect summer read' - The Guardian 

'Pitch-perfect send-up of 1950s Brighton with nods to Graham Greene ... The ingenious plot involves such period attractions as the Ghost Train, theatrical landladies, Pathe News and cherry Genoa cake. Hilarious' - The Sunday Times Crime Club 

'This book is as much a comedy as a crime novel... Lynne Truss is a national treasure, and this is a gentle, complicated, humorous tale' - The Literary Review 

'Truss's new crime novel is an unqualified masterpiece' - The Glasgow Herald 

'Bringing the undoubted comic talents of Lynne Truss to crime fiction should be a marriage made in heaven, and that is exactly what it turns out to be. A Shot in the Dark is sheer, witty delight ... Enchanting' - Simon Brett

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“Blame it on Graham Greene....”

I have never laughed so much when I was reading a crime novel before. This book is totally unique, packed with almost impossible to believe crime scenarios, incredibly incompetent detective and police officers and... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 75

“Humorous murder mystery”

What is it about :

Set in 1950’s Brighton, with some good pop culture added too. Inspector Steine is a buffoon, useless as a cop and won’t admit any crimes are committed in Brighton. His, Sergeant Brunswick, is... More

Hardback edition
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“A delicious, humorous whodunit!”

‘A Shot in the Dark’ is a joy. I had listened to Lynne Truss’ BBC Radio 4 comedy crime series, about the incompetent Inspector Steine, the long suffering Sergeant Brunswick and the enthusiastic Constable Twitten, and... More

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