Murder Your Darlings
by Mark McCrum

Crime writer-sleuth Francis Meadowes discovers something dark hiding under the beautiful Umbrian sun when one of his writing group is found dead in Italy.

Francis Meadowes is soaking up the late summer sun in Italy, running a creative writing course at the beautiful Villa Giulia, deep in the remote Umbrian countryside. Recruited by the villa’s owners, Stephanie and Gerry, Francis’s students include snooty, irritating Poppy and her ex-ambassador husband Duncan, eccentric Northern Irishman Liam, quirky, self-styled ‘Hampstead Jewess’ Zoe, bossy Scottish Diana, kooky young American Sasha, mysterious ‘spy’ Tony and restless civil servant Roz.

But what should be a magical week under the Italian sun turns into something far more sinister when one of the group is found dead, and the local police quickly turn to Francis for help. Uncovering betrayal, lies, secrets and old scores to be settled, Francis soon realizes something very dark is lurking beneath the genteel and civilized veneer . . .


A neat twist on the classic English-country-house formula

Kirkus Reviews

Amusing ... Readers will have fun

Publishers Weekly

Readers will do best to relax and enjoy these quirky characters and their sun-drenched setting


Those who prefer a traditional whodunnit, in which a limited pool of suspects is gradually eliminated until only the least likely remains feasible, will savour this third instalment in a piquant amateur sleuth series

Morning Star

A likable and smart series lead. A good choice for traditional-mystery fans

Booklist on Cruising to Murder

Entertaining … [a] riotous abundance of local color and exuberant characters

Publishers Weekly on Cruising to Murder

A beautifully judged homage to the golden-age detective novel – and an enjoyable travelogue to boot

Mail on Sunday (Thrillers of the Month) on Cruising to Murder

Back in the Golden Age of Detective Fiction … traditionalists will love this book

Literary Review on Cruising to Murder

“The beautiful Umbrian countryside is wonderfully realised in this latest cosy-crime novel”

Mail on Sunday on Murder Your Darlings

Mark McCrum

Mark McCrum began his career as a travel writer, with well-received books about Southern Africa (Happy Sad Land), Australia (No Worries) and Ireland (The Craic). He is also the author of the UK Top Ten non-fiction bestsellers 1900 House and Castaway 2000, the UK No.1 bestseller Robbie Williams: Somebody Someday, and Walking with the Wounded, which told the story of four wounded soldiers and their successful attempt to reach the North Pole.@McCrumMark |

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Murder Your Darlings by Mark McCrum is available in the following formats

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