An Untidy Death
by Simon Brett

When the body of a prospective client is discovered in her burned-out home, declutterer Ellen Curtis is drawn into a baffling investigation where nothing is as it first appears.

“My mother’s going to kill herself . . . That is, if I don’t kill her first.”

When Alexandra Richards approaches professional declutterer Ellen Curtis to ask her to help sort out her mother’s chaotic flat, Ellen gets the impression Alexandra doesn’t like her mother very much. But when Ingrid Richards’ body is discovered in her burned-out home, Alexandra’s exasperated words don’t seem such a joke.

Due to the hazardous state of the victim’s over-cluttered residence, the police are inclined to dismiss her death as an unfortunate accident. Ellen’s not so sure. Could Alexandra’s resentment towards her mother have escalated into outright violence? The more she discovers about the dead woman’s remarkable past, the more convinced Ellen becomes that there’s something decidedly suspicious about her death.

At least she can console herself that clearing out widower Edward Finch’s bungalow will be a straightforward job in comparison. But in this assumption, Ellen couldn’t be more wrong . . .


“As usual, Brett is brilliant at creating settings that reflect character”

Booklist Starred Review

An intriguing mystery is made more compelling by Brett's sympathetic understanding of human frailties

Daily Mail

Brett has a gift for creating vivid, complex characters … cozy fans will be delighted

Publishers Weekly

A neatly constructed whodunit

Kirkus Reviews

Brett fans, along with readers who liked Richard Roper's How Not to Die Alone, will love this quirky, warmhearted mystery

Booklist Starred Review of The Clutter Corpse

An imaginative plot with a generous quota of surprises ... Highly enjoyable

Daily Mail on The Clutter Corpse

The appealing Ellen ... is sure to win many loyal fans

Publishers Weekly on The Clutter Corpse

Come for the clues, stay for the heroine's appealingly no-nonsense new voice

Kirkus Reviews on The Clutter Corpse

The first in a new series featuring professional tidier-upper Ellen Curtis ... This psychologist in rubber gloves is an engaging narrator

Guardian on The Clutter Corpse

Simon Brett

Simon Brett worked as a producer in radio and television before taking up writing full-time. He was awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours for services to Literature and also was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 2014 he won the CWA’s prestigious Diamond Dagger for an outstanding body of work.

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An Untidy Death by Simon Brett is available in the following formats

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