Our search has the following Google-type functionality:
If you use '+' at the start of a word, that word will be present in the search results.
eg. Harry +Potter
Search results will contain 'Potter'.
If you use '-' at the start of a word, that word will be absent in the search results.
eg. Harry -Potter
Search results will not contain 'Potter'.
If you use 'AND' between 2 words, then both those words will be present in the search results.
eg. Harry AND Potter
Search results will contain both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
NOTE: AND will only work with single words not phrases.
If you use 'OR' between 2 single words, then either or both of those words will be present in the search results.
eg. 'Harry OR Potter'
Search results will contain just 'Harry', or just 'Potter', or both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
NOTE: OR will only work with single words not phrases.
If you use 'NOT' before a word, that word will be absent in the search results. (This is the same as using the minus symbol).
eg. 'Harry NOT Potter'
Search results will not contain 'Potter'.
NOTE: NOT will only work with single words not phrases.
If you use double quotation marks around words, those words will be present in that order.
eg. "Harry Potter"
Search results will contain 'Harry Potter', but not 'Potter Harry'.
NOTE: "" cannot be combined with AND, OR & NOT searches.
If you use '*' in a word, it performs a wildcard search, as it signifies any number of characters. (Searches cannot start with a wildcard).
Search results will contain words starting with 'Pot' and ending in 'er', such as 'Potter'.
Lynne Truss is a writer and broadcaster. She has written for Woman's Journal, the Daily Mail, The Times and the Sunday Times. In 1996 she was named Columnist of the Year and the following year was shortlisted for Sportswriter of the Year. She has written extensively for radio, including dramas, adaptations and short stories. She is the author of three novels and she also writes scripts and comedy series for BBC Radio 4. Truss's first book, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, was an international bestseller and won the British Book Awards Book of the Year. Lynne Truss lives in Brighton. Lynnetruss.com
A farce that gathers hilarious pace with every page ... More Marx Brothers than Agatha Christie, this is crime fiction turned on its head - a giddy spell of sheer delight * Daily Mail * [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 * Observer * Funny, clever, charming, imaginative, nostalgic and gently satirical * The Times * 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 -- Crime Books of the Month * 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 * Sunday Times Crime Club * One of those rare books that actually makes you laugh out loud ... Impossible not to read in one sitting * Sunday Times * A Shot in the Dark is an intricately plotted murder mystery that's darkly humorous and beautifully written * Herald * It takes a writer of Lynne Truss's wit and intelligence ... to take on both the cosy and comic fields, shaking them up to forge something fresh and beguiling ... Delightfully witty -- Barry Forshaw * i * 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 * Literary Review * Truss's new crime novel is an unqualified masterpiece * 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 A Shot in the Dark is an intricately plotted murder mystery that's darkly humorous and beautifully written * Yorkshire Post * We all know that Truss can work miracles ... but I doubt even Constable Twitten could work out how she has produced a whodunit that exudes heartwarming cosiness while boasting Game of Thrones levels of violent death, or given her cast of amusing characters more life than most of the characters I've encountered in fiction this year -- Jake Kerridge * Telegraph * Praise for Lynne Truss: 'Truss deserves to be piled high with honours * Sunday Times * A wonderful tale full of parodies, pastiches and paradoxes ... Pure joy * Daily Telegraph * A novel as entertaining as it is addictive ... The best in humorous writing * Sunday Telegraph * A comic chiller in the best tradition of mad British humour * Daily Express * A Shot in the Dark couples suspense with dark hilarity ... The funniest crime novel of 2018 * Wall Street Journal *