Murder By the Book

Murder By the Book

London, 1955. When crime writer Donald Langham’s literary agent asks for his help in sorting out ‘a delicate matter’, little does Langham realize what he’s getting himself into.  For a nasty case of blackmail leads inexorably to murder as London’s literary establishment is rocked by a series of increasingly bizarre deaths.  With three members of the London Crime Writers’ Association coming to sudden and violent ends, what at first appeared to be a series of suicides looks suspiciously like murder – and there seems to be something horribly familiar about the various methods of despatch.
 
With the help of his literary agent’s assistant, the delectable Maria Dupre, Langham finds himself drawing on the skills of his fictional detective hero as he hunts a ruthless and fiendishly clever killer – a killer with old scores to settle.  

Title:Murder By the Book
ISBN:9781780290515
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    Murder By the Book Reviews

  • Susan

    This is a delightful crime novel set in 1950’s London. Donald Langham is a forty year old author of crime mysteries, featuring his private detective Sam Brooke. Langham is widowed and lives a slight...

  • Mike

    I found this mystery very good indeed. I liked the main set of characters- Donald and Maria; Charles took a bit of time for me to warm up to- not because he is homosexual but because of how he spoke s...

  • Peter

    For me, Eric Brown's Murder By The Book began slowly, too slowly for my taste. Perhaps it was the often stilted language, or the lack of a character one could grasp hold of, or perhaps just the seemin...

  • Katrina

    I loved this book and I'm looking forward to what I hope is going to be a long running series featuring the characters of Langham and Dupre. The setting is 1950s London, the atmosphere of which Brown ...

  • Andrew Humphrey

    In Murder by the Book Eric Brown introduces Donald Langham, a slightly diffident but agreeable crime writer living alone in mid-fifties London. He is soon drawn into the travails of his agent, Charles...

  • Laurie

    I really enjoyed this one. It was a fun read. Not too dark, not too light, not too cute, not too trite…hey…I just made a rhyme and didn’t even mean to! Anyways, one of the reasons that I will pu...

  • Lee Pfahler

    I'm not a big fan of mysteries but I am a big fan of Eric Brown's science fiction so I thought I would give his mystery series a try. This first book was pretty good though a couple of the secondary c...

  • Michelle Hartman

    I absolutely hate to get buy a book that says it's about book or bookstores and then find out the books are only props. This book was a wonderful surprise, in that not only the problem of begin a writ...

  • Paul

    I wasn't sure if I would like this. Crime fiction really isn't my thing but what I am is a huge Eric Brown fan. I shouldn't have been concerned, like his sci-fi the story was about the characters not ...

  • Bruce

    Very garden-variety murder mystery of the "cozy" species. One plot twist. The guy never quite gets around to, um, doing his French girlfriend. And now they are to be the next Odd Couple of brilliant p...