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Death and the Lit Chick (A St. Just Mystery #2)

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Everyone has gathered at Dalmorton Castle in Scotland for a crime writers' conference, including Kimberlee Kalder, the publishing industry's "It" girl. Totally hot and couture-clad, this bestselling chick-lit mystery writer has captured the envious — and resentful — attentions of all. Rumor has it that prima donna Kimberlee is shopping around for a new agent (and the best ...more
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Published June 1st 2009 by Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. (first published January 1st 2009)
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Laura
Huh-larious. From the woman who brought us Death and the Cozy Writer comes a new installment of murder among spectacularly absurd people. This time they’re an assortment of mystery writers at a conference at some Scottish castle. Most of them have a motive for killing the star of the conference, a hack arriviste whose books are obviously inferior and yet, inexplicably, sell better. (The cow probably didn’t even write them herself!) To add insult to injury, she is also a blond knockout who’s abou ...more
Pamelabyoung
A wonderful mystery in the style of Agatha Christie, this book includes an enormous cast of characters that, surprisingly, is not confusing. The author includes a long, detailed cast list at the beginning of the book and, at first glance, I thought I would not be able to keep up with them all. However, the author introduces each of them well and begins to weave an intricate web of interconnectedness that is fascinating and really hard to put down. I read this in one long Sunday afternoon and fee ...more
Ellie
I always enjoy G.M. Malliet's writing and I love her contribution to fun fiction detectives, St. Just. Death and the Lit Chick is the second in the St. Just series and it is a pleasurable English manor mystery, when the manor is filled with mystery writers desperate to be published and one young beautiful author who has scored a major hit with a cross-over genre: mystery a la chick lit a la roman a clef. Everybody has reasons to hate Kimberlee so when she is murdered, the problem is too many peo ...more
Andrea
This is the first narrated audiobook I've tried (I've listened to books before, but using the entertainly unmusical and robotic voice that comes with my phone). It's quite difficult to separate my opinion of the book from the narration - I'm fairly sure the story would have read slightly differently to me if I'd read it instead of listened to it.

However, I can listen to books during my day job! I'm trialling a Scribd subscription, which makes audiobooks not so financially steep a prospect.

This i
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Rebecca
Inspector St. Just of Cambridge has the dubious honor of presenting a panel at a mystery writers' conference, which includes a stay at the historic Dalmorton Castle in Scotland along with several authors and publicists from the Drawn Dagger (I think that was the name) publishing house. Among them is the gorgeous and poisonous Kimberlee Kalder, who shot to fame and fortune with her chick lit mystery, 'Dying for a Latte.' Everyone at the castle, it seems has some reason to hate Kimberlee, so it's ...more
Monique
Okay so started this novel before an international trip and finished it on the plane and didnt really like the ending, it seemed rushed and contrived to me and the story had so much promise..Okay so this is a mystery along the same vein of one of my favorite mysteries And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie with the smart and thought provoking premise of a group of mystery writers convening in a castle when one particularly annoying author is murderered and because of the eerie secluded sett ...more
judy
So how many mysteries have you read where a gaggle of authors head to a conference and one of the dies? Yep. In this one, however, the author seems to be having a bit of fun with us by reviving some classic British mystery scenes and adding cell phones and laptops. I knew instantly where the book was going but the writing was bright and amusing enough to keep me on board. The ending was a bit "meh" but it could have been much worse. I shudder to think of, perhaps, a hot summer day where our hero ...more
Sharla
There were holes in the plot big enough to drive a bulldozer through but since it's a farce from start to finish I guess it's okay. It was amusing although I didn't enjoy this one as much as I did the first one.
Nancy
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Nancy
I started this at the first of the month. This Malliet mystery involves the death of one attendee at a mystery conference in Edinburgh.
The murdered person has blazed into the mystery market, having written what should like a mash-up of a contemporary mystery and "Sex in the City." But it is also contains lots of thinly veiled references to real people and their real failing. A number of writers and DCI St. Just (of Death and the Cozy Writer - he has been invited to talk about police procedure)
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Megan
This is not actually a chick lit book. It starts a male detective trying to solve a murder at a mystery writer's conference. It is pretty good, and has some funny moments based around writing a mystery staring characters who write mysteries. However, the big reveal was based largely around not mentioning certain details to the reader. Sure, that made it harder to guess one of our conspirators, but it's the cheap way to do it.
Alisonpaddock
I enjoyed this second-in-a-series book. It was a new take on the country house murder. The detective was interesting, the other characters rather broadly drawn. For light mystery entertainment, I think I would try G. M. Malliet again. This was a good antidote to Cold Granite by Stuart MacBride. There is even a line in Lit Chick refering to most current British crime fiction as "tres, tres noir" which Cold Granite definitely is.
Alice
names of characters --- just read down the list and not crack a smile or laugh out loud.

St. Just falling in love is poignant--BUT I kept thinking Portia might be to good to be true--maybe the villainess--

pg 28 Donne Doone was at work, happily oblivious to the futility of writing a detective story in prehistoric time.

pg 36 --reputation of dectective genre &its authors
pg 44 -- purple passion titles for the sessions
pg 121 "latte a fragrant piece of mind-numbing crap. So it was-- to a certain
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Caroline
Jun 03, 2010 Caroline rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes mysteries
Wonderful! So glad I got this book at Malice! Can't wait to read the one before this and the one after now. Arthur St. Just is a really good character and the send off of the mystery-writing field is hilarious. Really recommend.
Georgiann Hennelly
Kimberlee Kalder is a wildly successful Chick lit Mystery writer. She is also the Guest of Honor at an Exclusive Writer,s conference being held at Dalmorton Castle in Scotland. But the fun end,s when Kimberlee is found dead at the bottom of the Castles Bottle Dungeon. It's up to Cheif Inspector St Just t figure out which of the other mystery writers wanted the Prima Donna Kimberlee dead. Than when Flories a maid at the Castle is found floating in the Moat dead. It's up to St Just to figure out w ...more
Janet
The characters in this second installment of the St. Just mysteries were a bit cliched and more like caricatures than characters and there are plenty of them. I was not sure at first if I could put up with them, but once the body turned up things were back on track.

It's really St. Just that I read these books for. I love his character. With this book I get the idea we are going to learn a bit more about the DCI with each installment. The mysteries are good, St. Just's investigations are interes
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Kate Collins
I loved this book. Witty, great characters, intrigue, and entertaining. Exactly what I needed.
Stacielynn
I stumbled across the first St. Just title (Death of a Cozy Writer) while sorting books for the annual AAUW Used book sale and found it fun, entertaining. and refreshing -- I immediately downloaded the second in the series (Death and the Lit Chick).

Perhaps I was too optimistic, but this one didn't have the same effect on me. It was a good premise (a self-absorbed, wildly successful chick lit/mystery author is found murdered during a convention), there were a number of potentially intriguing char
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Ivonne Rovira
Author G.M. Malliet has the same fun with backstabbing mystery writers in Death of the Lit Chick as she did with the traditional British house mystery in Death of a Cozy Writer. In this second novel to feature Detective Chief Inspector St. Just, the police inspector has been dispatched to lecture a convention of mystery writers gathered on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Scotland. Readers can begin with the series with Death of the Lit Chick without having read the first novel. Indeed, this novel mi ...more
Norma Huss
New to me author, but certainly not a new author. Her first mystery won the Agatha in 2008. This is the third in the St. Just mysteries, sent in the British Isles. This book takes place in a castle in Scotland, with the victim and all the suspects trapped inside by a non-working bridge over the moat. And, except for Detective Chief Inspector St. Just and the castle/hotel staff, everyone is involved in writing or publishing mystery books. Delicious!

What I particularly like (as a mystery writer m
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Any Length
Sep 11, 2013 Any Length marked it as discarded  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I recently read "Wicked Autumn" by this author and found it so terrible I didn't give it one start. This week I donwloaded a more audio books from the library and unknowingly picked another one. About 20 minutes into the book I wondered if I had unwittingly picked the same boring author again. The more I listened the more bored I became. I tried very hard to give her another go. But her stuffy, stuck in the 50s style of writing is hideous. It's like all the characters just escaped the 1950s ...more
Nicholas
If classic literature and history are the steak dinner of reading, then I guess that makes this a bag of snack chips. It was a nice change of pace from some of the heavier matter I've been reading for the last few months. So in that way it succeeds.

I was intrigued by the synopsis. A mystery satire. What better way to delve into such a thing than having a murder mystery set in an old Scottish castle, in the midst of a mystery writers convention. The satire lead to some humorous gems like:
"Donna D
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Fanficfan44
This is the second in the series, the first being Death of a Cozy Writer. I thought the first one was okay and so decided to try another in the series. This started out definitely more interesting. Very Agatha Christie-ish, as in And Then There Were None.

We had the group of isolated visitors, in this case writers at a conference. There is a house that is cut off from the outside, power outage, fog, etc. There is a first victim, who is a very unlikable character. All this added up to a lot of pro
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Katie
I met DCI Arthur St. Just last winter in his first outing, Death of a Cozy Writer. It was good, a solidly constructed mystery, filled with awful people. In short, it was the classic British mystery. I liked it, but I didn't love. St. Just didn't show up till halfway through, and procedure was followed so carefully that it was hard to get a feel for him as a person. His second, Sergent Fear was hysterical, but this was more the fault of his young daughter who had programed his phone to play jingl ...more
Nicole
This was an okay mystery novel. It wasn't one of my favorites. It took about 100 pages to finally get the death that is mentioned in the synopsis. The first 100 pages is kind of just a filler of back stories. It wasn't a thrilling lead up to the death either. I did like the writing style and the premise. I also wasn't even close to picking who did it, which I love when that happens. Overall I thought it was decent.
Ali
The mystery aspect was as interesting and well written as the series opener and the supporting cast was delightfully colorful, save one. The one, with the too too cute, name was unfortunate since she garnered a great deal of the narrative but lacked any depth or roundness, she was in fact so completely lacking in personality that St. Just's constant mentions, notices and ponderings of and about her became at points intolerable, not to mention pointless and my reading suffered. I love the writing ...more
Mary Newcomb
DCI St Just is at as writers' event in a castle near Edinburgh. One of the mystery authors, not well liked, is found dead at the bottom of the castle's bottle dungeon. What with egos, tale telling and drunken memory lapses St Just has quite a time figuring out the mystery. I am not so fond of mysteries where the reader does not have all the clues.
Kara
I like a good drawing room murder mystery, and this book satisfied. A murder committed in a closed castle with a zany cast of characters? Yes, please! My only complaint would be the tacked-on, afterthought "romance." It was unnecessary and undeveloped. Otherwise, the book satisfied my Christie- and Heyer-loving heart.
Melanie
A beautiful blond is found dead at the bottom of the Bottle Dungeon in an Edinburgh castle surrounded by a host of jealous and angry colleagues. Who tossed her down there and why? Enough like Agatha Christie in structure and plot development that I enjoyed it more than I expected to. Some of the dialogue was silly and even unclear in parts, and there really weren't enough clues leading up to the detective's clever revelation at the end to give the reader anything close to a fair shot at even gue ...more
Susan
Kimberlee Kalder has it all--she's beautiful and a best selling author. But Kimberlee never learned to play nicely with others, so she's also the target for dislike and even envy by the other mystery writers gathered at Dalmorton Castle for a literary conference in Edinburgh. Still, most people are surprised when she's found dead. After all, envy is not much of a reason to commit murder. Fortunately, detective chief inspector St. Just has been assigned to speak at the conference, and is on hand ...more
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G.M. Malliet writes crime novels for Thomas Dunne/Minotaur Books. The first book in her Max Tudor series is the Agatha-nominated WICKED AUTUMN (September 2011), which received starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal. Library Journal and the Boston Globe also named it a Best Mystery of 2011: "Sly humor rivals Jane Austen’s."

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Other Books in the Series

A St. Just Mystery (3 books)
  • Death of a Cozy Writer (A St. Just Mystery #1)
  • Death at the Alma Mater (A St. Just Mystery #3)
Wicked Autumn (Max Tudor, #1) Death of a Cozy Writer (A St. Just Mystery #1) A Fatal Winter (A Max Tudor Mystery, #2) Pagan Spring (A Max Tudor Mystery, #3) Death at the Alma Mater (A St. Just Mystery #3)

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