Waste of a Life
by Simon Brett
Ellen Curtis is about to have her own life thrown into chaos in this third light-hearted decluttering mystery!
“Brett layers the old-fashioned puzzle with deep psychological insights . . . Not to be missed” Booklist Starred Review
Declutterer Ellen Curtis has been working to bring order into the life of Cedric Waites, a recluse in his eighties who hasn’t left his house or let anyone inside it since his wife died. On one of her regular visits, Ellen finds the old man dead.
Sad but, given his age, perhaps not unexpected. Nothing to get worked up about . . . until the police raise the suspicion that Cedric might have been poisoned! The cause seems be something he ate, and as Ellen cleared away the old man’s food containers, she is under suspicion. As is Dodge, who works for Ellen and has unhelpfully done a runner . . .
Meanwhile, a rival declutterer is out to sabotage Ellen’s reputable business, her two grown-up children are back home and in crisis, and she has a potential love interest. Ellen’s life has taken on a chaotic turn of its own! Can she uncover the killer and bring order back to her own life?
Genre: Cosy Mystery
“Brett layers the old-fashioned puzzle with deep psychological insights . . . Not to be missed”
Booklist Starred Review
“Witty and amusing feelgood fiction”
“This book is pure pleasure”
“Brett’s brisk descriptions, pacing, and juggling of subplots temper the sadness of the victim’s recovered biography”
“A prolific and sharp-eyed observer of the British middle class’s crimes and misdemeanours”
Kirkus Reviews on The Clutter Corpse
As usual, Brett is brilliant at creating settings that reflect character”
Booklist Starred Review of An Untidy Death
“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
“Brett is brilliant at showing how throwaway comments and casual snubs intensify cruelty to outsiders. This is an especially incisive Fethering adventure, with a shocker of an ending”
Booklist Starred Review of Guilt at the Garage
“An edgy cozy, filled with dry wit and deft plot twists”
Booklist on Death and the Decorator
Waste of a Life by Simon Brett is available in the following formats
|Hardback||9780727850690||6th December 2022||145 X 225mm||192||$29.99|
|Hardback||9780727850690||6th December 2022||145 X 225mm||192||£20.99|
|Ebook||9781448307920||6th December 2022||N/A||192||$24.99|
|Ebook||9781448307920||6th December 2022||N/A||192||£20.99|
|Paperback||9781448307937||26th September 2023||138 X 216mm||192||$18.99|
|Paperback||9781448307937||27th July 2023||138 X 216mm||192||£13.99|
The Decluttering mysteries Series