A Smattering of Reviews

‘A new Simon Brett is an event for mystery fans.’

P.D.JAMES

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‘Simon Brett writes stunning detective stories. I would recommend them to anyone.’

JILLY COOPER

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‘Murder most enjoyable... An author who never takes himself that seriously, and for whom any fictional murder can frequently form part of the entertainment industry.’

COLIN DEXTER

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‘One of the wittiest crime writers around.’

ANTONIA FRASER

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‘Simon Brett writes the kind of good whodunits that could have been written fifty years ago... and he has a sly sense of humour.’

THE TIMES

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‘Simon Brett is one of British crime’s most assured craftsmen, with idiosyncratic characters proving winning creations... A feast of red herrings, broadly drawn characters, and gentle thrills and spills litter the witty plot. Crime writing just like in the good old days, and perfect entertainment.’

THE GUARDIAN

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‘One of the exceptional detective story writers around.’

DAILY TELEGRAPH

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‘Few crime writers are so enchantingly gifted... as Simon Brett.’

THE SUNDAY TIMES

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‘Like all the best English whodunits, this murder mystery is set in one of those old Home Counties villages where everything looks immaculate on the outside but old secrets have been simmering. Beautifully plotted, with a sharp eye for the social comedy of middle-class, middle England.’

DAILY MAIL

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‘Like a little malice in your mysteries? Some cynicism in your cosies? Simon Brett is happy to oblige.’

THE NEW YORK TIMES

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‘England’s pre-eminent author of the comic mystery story.’

SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER

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‘No one delivers more pure entertainment.’

SAN DIEGO UNION

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‘The great British mystery writers, P.D. James, Ruth Rendell, and Brett, have a way of making murder so, well, civilised.’

MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL




Seriously Funny… and Other Oxymorons

My 100th publication is a modern book of oxymorons, from 'alcohol-free wine' to 'compassionate Conservatism'

The oxymoron is one of the great beauties of the English language - 'a figure of speech that juxtaposes elements that appear to be contradictory'. Some are so common that they are part of everyday language: when we speak of acting naturally... or a victimless crime... or buy a one-size-fits-all garment... the oxymoron is there, hiding in plain sight.

From Popular Culture, to Political Principles and Business Ethics, this book (sure to be a new classic) contains a seriously funny collection of the most brilliantly silly oxymorons, accompanied by amusing illustrations by Paul Thomas. For example...

Numb Feeling: This can be prompted by many domestic events, such opening a spouse's credit card statement, picking up the telephone bill for a teenager in love, or simply standing on the bathroom scales.

Open Secret: There are many of these in relationships, the most common being a husband having an affair that everyone knows about (except his wife).

Useful FAQ: FAQ is an abbreviation for 'Frequently Asked Questions'. Lists of FAQs are guaranteed to list the answer to every question except the one you want the answer to.

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