FICTION

The Postscript Murders

HMH Audio. Mar. 2021. 9:08 hrs. ISBN 9780358450214. $25. M
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When Peggy Smith dies, her carer Natalka is convinced that something is amiss. Detective Harbinder Kaur is less sure—the woman was 90 years old, after all—though she’s given pause by Peggy’s unofficial position as “murder consultant” to best-selling authors. To investigate, Natalka teams up with Peggy’s 80-year-old neighbor Edwin, and Benedict, a former monk who owns the local coffee shop. While they’re looking for clues in Peggy’s apartment, someone breaks in, holds them at gunpoint, and steals a single book. Natalka, Edwin, and Benedict head to a literary festival in Aberdeen to interview the authors Peggy worked with, and other suspicious deaths follow. Griffiths (The Stranger Diaries) weaves details about publishing into the plot, which will tickle listeners familiar with the industry (those who don’t give much thought to blurbs or comps might learn a little bit). Nina Wadia ably voices a variety of characters with a wide range of accents.
VERDICT Reminiscent of the work of Golden Age writers like Agatha Christie or Dorothy L. Sayers, Griffiths’s latest will be a hit with listeners who enjoyed Richard Osman’s The Thursday Murder Club or Anthony Horowitz’s Magpie Murders.
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