Murder by Numbers
by Eric Brown

And then there was one . . . can Donald Langham and Maria Dupré stop a killer who’s picking off victims one by one?

December, 1956. Donald Langham’s wife Maria Dupré receives a chilling invitation to attend a death at the home of Maxwell Falwell Fenton in Essex. The once-prominent artist has a number of enemies, and has faded into obscurity since the war ended. Is the invitation to his own death or someone else’s?

Arriving at Winterfield on a cold winter evening, Donald and Maria meet five strangers who have also received numbered invitations. They all had a reason to hate or fear Maxwell – including Maria, who reveals a secret from her own past. But is she telling the whole truth?

The soiree produces a gruesome and dramatic twist, but it’s about to get much worse when someone starts picking off the six, one by one. Can Donald untangle lies, betrayal, and incredible revelations to identify the killer before Maria becomes the next victim?


Brown … has a real knack for historical mystery; his version of Britain in the 1950s, especially the social strata that existed at the time, is vividly re-created and striking in its verisimilitude


Clever plot twists spin the dramatic premise into a gripping tale. Agatha Christie fans will have fun

Publishers Weekly

A classic English mystery with plenty of unexpected plot twists

Kirkus Reviews

Another fine entry in a reliably entertaining series

Booklist on Murder Served Cold

Appealing characters, lively dialogue, and some thought-provoking observations on post-WWII social changes in Britain

Publishers Weekly on Murder Served Cold

Charming . . . Fans of traditional country house mysteries will be gratified

Publishers Weekly on Murder Takes a Turn

Well-realized characters and a beautifully evoked setting

Booklist on Murder Takes a Turn

Eric Brown

Two times winner of the British Science Fiction Award, Eric Brown is the author of thirty science fiction novels and numerous short story collections. He writes a monthly review column for the Guardian. He has written five previous Langham & Dupré mysteries, Murder by the Book, Murder at the Chase, Murder at the Loch, Murder Take Three and Murder Takes a Turn. Born in Haworth, West Yorkshire, he now lives near Dunbar in Scotland.

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Murder by Numbers by Eric Brown is available in the following formats

Paperback978178029712531st May 2021134 X 210mm208£13.99
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