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The Busy Body

Kemper Donovan

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01 February 2024
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Veep meets Agatha Christie in this wickedly funny murder mystery for fans of Richard Osman and Nita Prose
'A hugely entertaining character who is wry, gossipy and completely compelling. Full of twists and turns worthy of a classic mystery novel' ALEX MICHAELIDES, author of The Silent Patient

'Gripping . . . with a wonderful detective readers will be dying to meet again' SOPHIE HANNAH

'A thoroughly modern, Agatha Christie-esque mystery . . . A delightfully escapist page-turner' KIMBERLEY MCCREIGHT

'A wry, whipsmart story. Fast, funny, furious' The Australian Women's Weekly

Meet our narrator: witty, nosy, professional weaver of lies - aka ghostwriter for the rich and famous - and now, lander of The Dream Assignment (that is, a politician's tell-all memoir).

Enter Dorothy Gibson: recently toppled Presidential Candidate, aka that woman, the most talked-about person in the country right now (for the wrong reasons).

Add: an invitation to the middle of nowhere, one well-heeled neighbour dying under Suspicious Circumstances, a secret investigation and an unreasonably beautiful man.

This is a story even our ghostwriter wasn't expecting. And for once, it's all hers.

'A delight from start to finish. If you like Agatha Christie you'll love this' ALEX MICHAELIDES

'A highly entertaining mystery with ingenuity and flair aplenty' SOPHIE HANNAH

'A modern take on classic crime fiction which delivers an addictive mix of Dorothy Parker's waspish wit and Agatha Christie's deft hand at ingenious plotting' Library Journal, Starred Review

'As clever as it is hopeful. Original, captivating, and assured' TAYLOR JENKINS REID (on Kemper Donovan's The Decent Proposal)

Imprint:   Hachette
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   410g
ISBN:   9780733651632
ISBN 10:   0733651631
Pages:   352
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Kemper Donovan is the host of All About Agatha, a highly successful podcast dedicated to the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie, and the inspiration behind The Busy Body. A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, he worked at the literary management company Circle of Confusion for a decade before transitioning to writing full time. Kemper's first novel, The Decent Proposal, was a national bestseller. He is a member of the New York Bar Association, PEN America and Mystery Writers of America. Kemper has dual US and Irish citizenship and lives with his husband and daughters in Los Angeles. The Busy Body is the first book in The Ghostwriter Series.

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