Death of a Cozy Writer is a book anyone who cut their teeth on Agatha Christie’s mysteries will treasure. I read it once for the story, and plan to read it a second time just to savor the language. It’s that good.
~ Cozy Library
"The reader who hasn’t yet discovered Malliet's St. Just Mystery series has a real treat in store....Longtime cozy fans will be reminded of Golden Age classics starring Dorothy Sayers' Harriet Vane and Edmund Crispin's Gervase Fen. Malliet’s writing is both smooth and elegant and her humor delicious." Booklist starred review
Death in Cornwall
St. Just in Cornwall
The fourth book in the DCI St. Just mystery series is DEATH IN CORNWALL, published in hardback in Autumn 2021. Ebook now available, with soft cover and audio from Dreamscape to follow in 2022.
It is a story in which St. Just is on holiday with his fiancee Portia De'Ath in the beautiful seaside Cornish village of Maidsfell.
Once again, murder disrupts their plans for a peaceful escape. This has been a theme throughout their courtship.
A fuller description from the jacket copy:
To celebrate their engagement, DCI Arthur St. Just and Portia De’Ath visit the quiet village of Maidsfell in Cornwall. Upon arriving they find the villagers in an uproar over plans to redevelop the local seafront. The fishermen want to build a new slipway to aid their business, but many residents worry it will spoil the view for tourists, who help drive the economy. After a heated village meeting on the issue, St. Just overhears an argument involving Lord Bodwally – an unpopular aristocrat staunchly opposed to the plans. Later, Bodwally’s lifeless body is discovered. It’s murder. Although Bodwally was disliked, who would go so far as to kill him? St. Just, although an outsider from Cambridge, feels compelled to help local authorities investigate. Is Bodwally’s death linked to the seafront, his suspect business dealings, or a secret from the past? One thing is certain, the fallout threatens to change Maidsfell forever . . .