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A Brush with Death (#1 Pet Detective)

Ali Carter


One World

Fiction & Literature;
Crime & mystery;
Dogs as pets


320 pages

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Agatha Christie meets Downton Abbey in this delightful new series introducing pet portraitist and amateur super-sleuth, Susie Mahl In the village of Spire, murder is afoot. Rich landowner Alexander, 9th Earl of Greengrass is caught with his trousers down in the village graveyard before meeting a gruesome end.

Luckily Susie Mahl happens to be on hand. With her artist's eye for detail and her curious nature she is soon on the scent of the murderer...

By:   Ali Carter
Imprint:   One World
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 23mm
ISBN:   9781786072764
ISBN 10:   1786072769
Series:   Susie Mahl
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   August 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ali Carter was born in Scotland and read art history at St Andrews. There followed an eclectic career in investment management, retail and technology; then in 2011 she had a catastrophic bicycling accident. After major brain surgery and a long recovery, Ali set herself a challenge to walk alone from Canterbury to Rome, a three-month pilgrimage she wrote about in her book, An Accidental Jubilee by Alice Warrender. From then she decided to follow her passion and become a fine artist, specialising in oil paintings from life with an emphasis on colour. Ali works from her studio in East Sussex and also draws pet portraits to commission. A Brush with Death is her first novel.

'A riveting, charming and very funny new crime series from the fabulously talented Ali Carter.' * Piers Morgan * 'A delicious new voice in crime writing... Excellent on the English aristocracy and written in a fine wry style.' * <i>Daily Mail</i> * 'An entertaining read, and one that had me up to the wee small hours.' * <i>Crimesquad</i> * 'Absorbing, charming and funny, A Brush With Death heralds a fresh and welcome new voice in crime writing. Susie Mahl is also a welcome new detective: witty, warm and very inquisitive.' * Antonia Fraser * `A Brush with Death is a perfectly English mystery, with an abundance of all the right jokes, details, and muddy dogs. Author Ali Carter's first book is a lovely romp and shows promise for a wonderful tongue-in-cheek mystery series.' * <i>Foreword Reviews</i> * 'Brilliantly enjoyable; coolly observed.' * <i>The Tablet</i> * `Animal lovers, Anglophiles, and fans of humorous, socially observant whodunits will look forward to the next Susie Mahl mystery.' * <i>Publishers Weekly</i> * `Its rich details on the British leisure class may interest fans of Downton Abbey and G.M. Malliet's Max Tudor mysteries.' * <i>Library Journal</i> * `Fans of country-house cozies will delight in this series debut.' * <i>Booklist</i> * 'This is a crime novel for mystery fans sick of gore and sexual violence. Just curl up and lose yourself happily in this world of animals and toffs - closely observed by a beady-eyed artist turned amateur sleuth who realises all is not as innocent as it looks and is determined to do something about it.' * Ruth Dudley Edwards, author of The Robert Amiss Mysteries * `Carter is a fresh and welcome new voice in crime writing and Susie Mahl a very different new detective.' * <i>Crime Review</i> * 'The first book in a promising new series will remind you of Downton Abbey and Miss Marple, except that this Miss M is a pet portraitist with a penchant for rather expensive underwear, and it's purely for her own pleasure.' * <i>Bookbag</i> *

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