Monday, March 30, 2009

Death of a Cozy Writer by G. M. Malliet

The first of our Agatha-nominees for Best First Novel is G.M. Malliet. Here G.M. tells us about her debut mystery, Death of a Cozy Writer:

A reclusive old mystery writer, a dubious wedding invitation, and an inheritance up for grabs—at this family reunion in the English countryside, murder is all relative.

Death of a Cozy Writer is the story of a British crime writer who is anything but cozy. Sir Adrian is, in fact, a cantankerous, capricious, and spiteful man. To keep his family of four dysfunctional children in line, he frequently changes his will, disinheriting one after another in turn. It’s a dangerous game, not unlike Russian roulette. Then one day he announces his plans to remarry, and the panic really sets in. Not surprisingly, someone ends up dead, and DCI St. Just and Sergeant Fear of the Cambridgeshire Constabulary are dispatched to investigate.


Nancy Pearl of National Public Radio has called Death of a Cozy Writer “a delightful homage to the great novels of Britain's Golden Age of Mysteries.” It was completed with the aid of the Malice Domestic Grant (now the William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grants Program for Unpublished Writers) and chosen by Kirkus Reviews as one of the Best Books of 2008.


Thank you, Killer Hobbiests and Joanna, for inviting me to tell you a little about my book. And by the way, St. Just’s hobbies are skiing and drawing. (There’s more about the latter hobby in the second book in the series, Death and the Lit Chick.)

Please visit me at for more information.


Next week, our guest will be Sheila Connolly, aka Sarah Atwell, author of Through a Glass Deadly.

** Clue word: Skiing
Remember--Submit all five "clue words" and I'll draw a name from the group on Monday, May 11. The winner will receive an autographed set of all five of the Agatha-nominated Best First Novels. That would be G.M. Malliet's Death of a Cozy Writer, "Sarah Atwell's" Through a Glass, Deadly, Rosemary Harris' Pushing Up Daisies, Krista Davis' The Diva Runs Out of Thyme, and Joanna Campbell Slan's Paper, Scissors, Death.


Camille Minichino said...

Thanks for visiting, G. M., and thanks for introducing us to the Agatha nominees, Joanna. It's great to have a little preview of Malice!

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

Camille, isn't this fun? G.M., I appreciate your taking the time to say, "Hi."

G.M. Malliet said...

I love the look of the Killer Hobbies blog, BTW.

Thanks for hosting us, Joanna!

Rosemary Harris said...

Hi GM,
Have you recovered from Virginia Festival of the Book yet? I can still taste those biscuits...(which I had with everything!)

Terri Thayer said...


Glad to have you over here!

Krista said...

Hi Everyone,

G.M. thanks for getting us off to a great start. I can't wait to read your book.

I'm also looking forward to seeing Linda and Betty at Malice again. Hope you guys will be there. Betty and I have the same wonderful editor!

Jess Lourey said...

Gin, I'm passing your book around amongst my family, a bunch of English teachers, and they're LOVING it! Your wry humor and nods to the classics are fantastic.

Have you ever seen the movie Murder by Death?

G.M. Malliet said...

Rosemary - Sort of recovered, yes!

The organizers of this Virginia Festival, for anyone not familiar with it, do an amazing job of treating all its speakers/panelists like royalty...Picking us up at the railroad station, dropping us off, hosting parties, even sending us thank-you notes afterwards. I have the idea this is the way things *used* to be in the publishing world. Yay for Virginia for underwriting such a worthwhile literary event. (The yearly event is free and open to the public.)

G.M. Malliet said...

Jess - Oh, yes, I've seen Murder by's a hoot. Time to rent that one again.

And didn't they just do a remake? They should do, if not.

p.s. Thanks so much for the kind comments. I didn't know you had English teachers in your background but of course with your talent that figures.