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Death and the Lit Chick: A St Just Mystery (Book 2) (St. Just Mysteries) [Paperback]

G. M. Malliet
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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Midnight Ink (1 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780738712475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738712475
  • ASIN: 0738712477
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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***Author, WICKED AUTUMN, an NBC TODAY show Summer Reads Pick (Charlaine Harris). Books chosen by Library Journal: Best mysteries of 2011 & 2012.***

G.M. Malliet is currently at work on a new series for Thomas Dunne/Minotaur Books. The first book in the series is the Agatha-nominated WICKED AUTUMN (September 2011), which received starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal. Library Journal and the Boston Globe also named it a Best Mystery of 2011: "Sly humor rivals Jane Austen's."

WICKED AUTUMN also was chosen by Shelf Awareness book review editor Marilyn Dahl as one of the top ten books of 2011. In addition to being nominated for a 2012 Agatha Award for best traditional mystery novel of 2011, it was one of five books short-listed for the 2012 Dilys Award. Deadly Pleasures magazine included Wicked Autumn in its list of the best mystery-crime novels of 2011.

The New York Times' Marilyn Stasio describes it as "executed in high style and with good humor."

The second book in the Max Tudor series, A FATAL WINTER, is now available for pre-order. It will be a featured alternate selection in the Mystery Guild's 2012 holiday catalog.

Malliet, an inveterate traveler, did post-graduate work at Oxford University after earning a graduate degree from the University of Cambridge, the setting for her earlier series, the St. Just mysteries. She has lived in places ranging from Japan and Hawaii to Europe, but she most enjoyed living in the U.K. She now lives with her husband in the Washington, D.C. area, but frequently travels in Europe. She writes full time and is currently writing a screenplay in addition to her mystery novels and short stories.

Her books are affectionate send-ups of the traditional British mystery. Two of the previous books, Death and the Lit Chick (2009) and Death of a Cozy Writer (2008), were Anthony Award nominees. Death of a Cozy Writer also won an Agatha Award for Best First Novel, having first been completed with the aid of the Malice Domestic Grant. Kirkus Reviews named it one of the best books of 2008.

In addition to the Anthony Award, Death of a Cozy Writer was nominated for a Macavity for best first novel. It also was nominated for a Left Coast Crime/Hawaii 5-0 Award (best police procedural) and a David award, and won a Silver Medal IPPY (best mystery/thriller/suspense).

The second book in the St. Just series is Death and the Lit Chick (2009). Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine named Death and the Lit Chick one of the best paperback original mysteries of 2009.

The third book in the St. Just series is Death at the Alma Mater (2010).

Her short story "Bookworm," which appeared in the fourth Chesapeake Crimes mystery anthology, was nominated for a Macavity Award.

Malliet credits Agatha Christie and other "Golden Age" authors with making her want to write a detective novel of her own. She is a lifelong fan of the humor and graceful writing styles of Robert Barnard, Caroline Graham, and Martha Grimes.

G.M. Malliet is on Facebook (g.m.malliet), Pinterest (gmmalliet), and Twitter (gmmalliet). Also see the contact page on her website for agent and publisher information, and to sign up for her newsletter:

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Death and the Lit Chick: Bk. 2 BOOK 2 IN THE AGATHA AWARD-WINNING SERIES "[In] her superior second cozy, Malliet's satirical take on the mystery scene is spot-on."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Malliet excels at stylish writing very reminiscent of the golden age of British mysteries. A real find for old-school mystery fans."--Booklist (starred review) "An absolutely delicious skewering of the world of mystery publishing ... Full description

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5.0 out of 5 stars cosy crime detective stories 26 April 2014
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i am a fan of what is known as cosy crime and this book is an excellent example of this
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well-writen 24 Mar 2014
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Story line good. Characterisation good. Main characters believe able. Sorry that Amazon does not understand the Queen's English or spelling. Very good book would recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable. 15 Feb 2014
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If you take these novels with a tongue in cheek perspective then you will enjoy them to the full. G M Malliet has created a series entering into the world of the cozy murder genre and how well she does it! They can't be taken too literally or too seriously but do guarantee the reader a few hours of distracted bliss. Cliched yes, done before, probably but I feel what you have here which is special,, is the sense of humour this lady has shining through the pages into her characterisations. I laughted and giggled my way through this book and that's what I want when I chose something in this category. Of course you might find a few of her portrayed characters a little stereotyped but for me she has lifted this tired and well worn theme and taken it to a new level with a likeable detective, comfortably familiar characters and a perfect "cozy" setting for each story.. I personally have loved all three in this series and hope she has plans in the future to entertain us and fill us in on the "doings" of dear St Just and his future side kick, the fabulously named Portia De'Ath.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fricasee the lit chick 7 Jun 2009
Everybody's bumped into the chick-lit mysteries -- they usually have an artful looking body, a sexy woman, and fluff between the covers.

And they get a thorough skewering in "Death and the Lit Chick," the second of G.M. Malliet's mysteries featuring Detective Chief Inspector St. Just. Malliet spins together a clever little mystery with some clever turns of phrase (a creepy little man is referred to as being "oily like undercooked salmon"), but she stumbles a bit on the characterization -- especially of the Required Love Interest.

Kimberlee Kalder has become the darling of the Deadly Dagger publishing house, with her bestselling "Dying For a Latte" chick-lit/mystery. She's also completely arrogant, hinting herself to be superior to Jane Austen, George Eliot and Edith Wharton.

But jealousy starts roiling when St. Just attends a mystery convention at a remote Scottish castle, where Kimberlee's success and arrogant attitude start rubbing people the wrong way. So it's not exactly a huge shock when, during a power outage, someone finds Kimberlee dead in the bottle dungeon.

So now St. Just must interview the people there, and find what motive (other than professional jealousy) might have prompted murder... all while getting distracted by the comely rising star, Portia De'Ath. And he starts getting a pretty good idea of the kind of person Kimberlee was, and the nasty secrets connected to her -- schemes, affairs, old muckraking, and other fun details -- just in time for another murder.

Apparently G.M. Malliet's series has a "theme" -- murder mysteries set around murder mystery writers, which admittedly is kind of a limited field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Drawing Room Mystery With a Satirical Twist 24 Mar 2009
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One of the highlights of my 2008 reading was Death of a Cozy Writer by G. M. Malliet, the first mystery to feature DCI St. Just of Cambridgeshire. I was so completely hooked by the first novel that I pre-ordered the second, Death of a Lit Chick, as soon as listed it. I wondered a bit whether the follow-up would be as satisfying, mainly because Malliet created such deliciously wicked characters in Sir Adrian's family, and of course, the only recurring character is DCI St. Just. I needn't have worried, because Death of a Lit Chick features an equally engaging cast of characters. DCI St. Just travels to Dalmorton Castle in Scotland for a mystery writer's conference (he has been asked to attend as a speaker) and finds himself confronted with a gaggle of mystery writers, all with clashing personalities and huge egos, along with a publisher, agents, and a journalist. When ditzy superstar "chick lit" writer Kimberlee Kalder turns up dead, there is no shortage of suspects. St. Just is asked to assist the local constabulary with their investigations, which culminate in a hilariously over-the-top drawing room scene worthy of Agatha Christie. A cast of suspects including mystery writers is a challenge, as they all make things up for a living and seem unable to turn off the prevarication under interrogation. As St. Just unravels the web of secrets and lies, the deliciously complex plot comes to a logical yet surprising conclusion. Malliet manages to embrace the classic cozy mystery while satirizing its conventions with her sharp wit, and as we learn more about DCI St. Just, he becomes even more endearing. I'll be pre-ordering the next in the series as well.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Satire Gone Wrong 23 Mar 2009
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I had high hopes for this "Cozy" book as a needed escape from the bad news we have been exposed to from every medium. Malliet attempted to satirize mystery writers and the genre and fell far short. Her detective St. Just is both shallow and pompous and the mystery writers that populate this book are superficial or shrill, sometimes both. Love interest, Portia De'Ath (this name was too precious) had no substance. It is incomprehensible to me why St, Just was interested in her or she in him for that matter. The best mystery writers have the ability to make us care about the fate of their creations. (Read Reginald Hills "The Price of Butchers Meat" ) Cardboard characters and a not very interesting plot line sink this humorless book. I have to admit the cover was great and it was downhill from there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Batting One-thousand 25 Mar 2009
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She's done it again - another hit. I was so intrigued by G.M. Malliet's "Death of a Cozy Writer, that I simply had to order her second St. Just Mystery. Glad I did. It was refreshing to see that DCI St. Just has moved beyond the first cast of characters( though I enjoyed them so much as well...) into new settings and characters. The theme of the story still revolves around mystery writers' conventions of sorts, but we've moved on to castles, hotel rooms and another murder, of all things! What could be better than playing the board game "Clue" for the first time on a stormy night?...."Death and the Lit Chick". It's a fun read, particularly by a wood fire with a glass of good port, and a refreshing retreat from today's wordly concerns. I highly recommend it to you!
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3.0 out of 5 stars I loved the first book by this author in this series (Detective St. Just) but not this 2nd volume. 22 Dec 2009
By M. C. Crammer - Published on
This book is written in the classic mystery style -- a secluded place where it seems like the killer must be one of a small group of people; a series of interrogations by the clever detective; and a scene where the detective confronts the killer in the presence of all the suspects -- the ta-da moment when the killer is unveiled and the "how it was done" is explained. Personally, I'm not fond of that way of telling a classic mystery -- I like things besides endless interrogations of suspects/witnesses and I dislike the drawing rooom unveiling of the killer method.

The plot involves a conference of mystery writers, meeting in Scotland. Most of the writers are staying at a castle, complete with a moat, dungeon, and priest's hole, and one dark and stormy night, one of the writers is killed. Since the moat keeps them separate and the drawbridge is up (power failure), it seems that the killer must be one of the residents of the castle. Fortunately, police detective St. Just is staying at the castle -- he's one of the speakers at the conference.

I could accept all this, except when all was said and done, the solution was preposterous. The motive was not clear to me -- and it was ridiculously complicated.

On the plus side, the Scottish castle in winter setting was charming. I wish the author had set a few scenes in Edinburgh itself or made better use of the Scottish setting. Aside from a couple of Scottish characters, the castle might as well have been located in Finland.

The author is clearly talented, and I will certainly read her next book, if nothing else, on the strength of how well I liked the first in the series.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment 6 Jan 2010
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After Death of a Cozy Writer I was really looking forward to this book. After the character introductions the book fell flat on it's face. The dialogue , if you can call it that, was very stilted and unreal. The plot was so hokey that I finally cut to the denouement at the end and that was really off the wall. It seems the sole purpose was to write a book slamming authors, agents and publishers. A couple of other reviewers described the characters as cardboard cutouts and I agree with that. Obviously written in a hurry to take advantage of the response to her first St. Just book.
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