In the Crypt with a Candlestick

In the Crypt with a Candlestick : 'An irresistible champagne bubble of pleasure and laughter' Rachel Johnson

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'Sharp, funny . . . the best sort of murder mystery' Tatler

'A perfect antidote to wintry gloom' The Literary Review

'Deliciously entertaining' Andrew Wilson

Sir Ecgbert Tode of Tode Hall has survived to a grand old age - much to the despair of his younger wife, Emma. But at ninety-three he has, at last, shuffled off the mortal coil.

Emma, Lady Tode, thoroughly fed up with being a dutiful Lady of the Manor, wants to leave the country to spend her remaining years in Capri. Unfortunately her three tiresome children are either unwilling or unable (too mad, too lefty or too happy in Australia) to take on management of their large and important home, so the mantle passes to a distant relative and his glamorous wife.

Not long after the new owners take over, Lady Tode is found dead in the mausoleum. Accident? Or is there more going on behind the scenes of Tode Hall than an outsider would ever guess....?

In the traditions of two great but very different British writers, Agatha Christie and P.G. Wodehouse, Waugh's hilarious and entirely original twist on the country house murder mystery comes complete with stiff upper lips, even stiffer drinks, and any stiffs that might embarrass the family getting smartly brushed under the carpet...

What everyone's saying about In the Crypt with a Candlestick...

'An irresistible champagne bubble of pleasure and laughter' Rachel Johnson

'What a triumph!' Antonia Fraser

'A jolly farce that never takes itself too seriously' Red Magazine

'Fizzles, crackles and sparkles' Elizabeth Buchan

'A work of sublime silliness' Simon Brett

'An effervescent madcap whodunnit' Metro

'A marvellous rollicking read' Mary Killen
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 145 x 225 x 30mm | 400g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 034942246X
  • 9780349422466
  • 299,681

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One imagines that Waugh had nearly as much fun writing it as we do reading it * Catholic Herald * This is a marvellous rollicking read with brilliantly drawn characters. I finished it within 24 hours A work of sublime silliness. The knife-edge between crime and comedy is a tricky one, but Daisy Waugh negotiates it magnificently. The story is preposterous, as it should be in a book of this kind, and the author is clearly less interested in the finer points of crime plotting than she is in sharp observations and social satire. The result is a delightful book, witty, pacy and beautifully written. -- Simon Brett An irresistible, high-camp crime caper - deliciously entertaining -- Andrew Wilson An effervescent madcap whodunnit * Metro * Fizzles, crackles and sparkles -- Elizabeth Buchan A jolly farce that never takes itself too seriously * Red Magazine * A perfect antidote to wintry gloom * The Literary Review * What a triumph! It gave me enormous pleasure to read, plus of course a few appropriate shudders. [In the Crypt] lightens the darkness in a way that is both dark and light An irresistible champagne bubble of pleasure and laughter It's sharp, funny and just the right amount of farcical - the best sort of murder mystery * Tatler *
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About Daisy Waugh

Daisy Waugh is an author and Tarot reader. She has written several sad, historical novels, several contemporary, comic novels, a couple of non-fiction books, and a lot of newspaper articles and columns. She lives a quiet life with her family, not far from the River Thames in Barnes, South West London. To find out more, visit her website at:
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38 ratings
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