The Clutter Corpse
by Simon Brett

Introducing an engaging new amateur sleuth, declutterer Ellen Curtis, in the first of a brilliant new mystery series.

Ellen Curtis runs her own business helping people who are running out of space. As a declutterer, she is used to encountering all sorts of weird and wonderful objects in the course of her work. What she has never before encountered is a dead body.

When Ellen stumbles across the corpse of a young woman in an over-cluttered flat, suspicion immediately falls on the deceased homeowner’s son, who has recently absconded from prison. No doubt Nate Ogden is guilty of many things – but is he really the killer? Discovering a link between the victim and her own past, Ellen sets out to uncover the truth. But where has her best friend disappeared to? And is Ellen really prepared for the shocking revelations to follow?


Brett fans, along with readers who liked Richard Roper’s How Not to Die Alone (2019), will love this quirky, warmhearted mystery

Booklist Starred Review

An imaginative plot with a generous quota of surprises, it’s carried along on a strong emotional undertow as Ellen grapples with her own family problems. With the promise of more decluttering mysteries, a highly enjoyable series is in the offing

Daily Mail

The appealing Ellen is fortunate to pursue a profession that allows her to enter into the homes and minds of her clients. She is sure to win many loyal fans

Publishers Weekly

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

Kirkus Reviews

Ingeniously drawn characters, deft timing of twists, and a to-die-for climax. A stunner

Booklist Starred Review of The Killer in the Choir

Peppered with wry wit, the story unfurls smoothly and swiftly

Publishers Weekly on The Killer in the Choir

The manner of murder is as satisfyingly bizarre and complicated as any Golden Age puzzler ... This may just be the best Brett novel yet

Booklist Starred Review of The Liar in the Library

A top-notch whodunit plot with loads of red herrings and eccentric suspects. Readers fond of wry, offhand wit will be rewarded

Publishers Weekly on The Liar in the Library

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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The Clutter Corpse by Simon Brett is available in the following formats

Hardback978178029124628th February 2020145 X 224mm192£21.99
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