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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Quartet Books (16 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0704373513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0704373518
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 546,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Glitters with privilege and mystery ... a dangerously addictive novel' --Sophie Winkleman

'Enormous fun! Lily Cane is a fabulous heroine, spunky and full of heart, and her journey through the poshest parts of London society is a real roller coaster ride' --Kate Williams

'A high-octane novel which shows the author's insider knowledge of life in the fast lane' --Geordie Greig

'This debut romps along at 100mph. Perfect Sun Lounger Fodder' --Glamour

'Just the thing to dip into by the pool, this is light, frothy, fun' --Country & Town House

'A riotous debut thriller that holds a mirror up to high (in every sense) society' --Tatler

About the Author

Ticky Hedley-Dent is a freelance writer. She was features director at Tatler and a features writer on the Daily Mail. During her career she has written for Harper's Bazaar, Condé Nast Traveller, ES Magazine, the Telegraph, Country & Town House, Vogue, FT Magazine and The Times. She studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Oxford University and lives in London with her husband and son. Murdered in Chelsea is her first novel.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lewis's Trilemma on 16 July 2014
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I'd be the first to admit that I'm probably not the target audience for a high society murder mystery romp, but on a friend's recommendation I picked up 'Murdered in Chelsea' as I was looking for some lighter reading options. Now I can't tell my Mulberry from my Marks and Sparks, and so my spirits dipped slightly as the novel opened in the high end apartment of a fashion obsessed society it-girl... Maybe this wasn't for me. However, Hedley-Dent's masterstroke is hold a mirror up to how the other 0.00001% live by presenting the story through the eyes of struggling young journo Lily Cane. The heroine is an instantly recognisable flat-sharing 20-something who, without asking for it, gets tangled up in events beyond her. As she inextricably gets pulled in (and hence we follow) into this exclusive world, this allows us to peak behind the curtain to see the Polo and Cocaine set at play without feeling excluded or unnecessarily voyeuristic.

The characters of this world tread a fine line between stereotype and heightened reality, but as the novel progresses you get a sense that they are all desperately trying to keep up with appearances, and really they are just as lost as the rest of us. This underlying sympathy for the characters in this particular goldfish bowl is wholly missing from other writers who either try to make the private-jet set appear effortlessly comfortable with their lot (cf every Jackie Collins/Mills&Boon title since time immemorial), or else utterly soulless and contemptible (cf Mark Lawson's The Deaths and the like).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dina Shoukry on 31 May 2014
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This fast paced thriller that both pokes fun at and celebrates London society culture is highly addictive. The flamboyant fashion, excessive partying, and ridiculously fabulous double barrelled names and titles make it all the more realistic and enormously fun to read. This book kept me on my toes throughout and I look forward to Lily's next murder mystery…
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T R Franks on 4 Jun. 2014
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Provides a glimpse of London fashionable society through the eys of an aspiring journalist; I did not put it down until I was finished. A really super read. Certainly one for the weekend / holiday.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By angela on 27 Oct. 2014
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All the fashionable people in this book seemed rather sleazy to me, although the detailed accounts of their clothes could be interesting. Everyone appears to be snorting cocaine, using foul language and climbing into bed as often as possible with as many people as possible. For me, it all became rather childish. Also, the grammatical errors were irritating - "you better" instead of "you had better" for instance. I thought the female version of Francis was Frances, but not in this book. The story was quite good, but I shall not buy another by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ArtW on 16 Jun. 2014
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This is a gripping, fast paced, sometimes racy thriller which takes readers through the privileged world of London society and a series of tragic deaths to a surprising and unexpected conclusion. Characters are well defined & each scene is well set so that you feel you are part of the story. An absolute must-read for the summer of 2014!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By acjwatt on 19 Aug. 2014
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In writing 'Murdered in Chelsea' the author Ticky Hedley-Dent has managed to channel both Helen Fielding and Agatha Christie - and has thrown in a healthy dose of Tatler / Hello magazines etc. for good measure.

Rock'n'roll chick lit with a brain. I loved it - and I'm a guy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Boo on 19 Jun. 2014
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A thoroughly enjoyable read. Loved the heroine, Lilly and her glittering escapades in life in the fast lane.
Romped through the book very quickly and was a bit sad to finish it. Totally recommended.
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By I on 8 Nov. 2014
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I liked the heroine and the idea behind the story is worth 4 stars but the finished product is only worth 3.

The writer was very eager to show that this book was set among the beautiful and wealthy of London who fill the gossip columns and she overdid the high end product naming as a result, it could have been done with a lighter touch.

The book lost pace in the middle and sagged as a result.

It had the usual faults of books I have downloaded in that it could have done with better proof reading and a good editor.

Regardless of my criticisms I would read another book by this author.
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