The It Girl

Scout. Jul. 2022. 432p. ISBN 9781982155261. $28.99. THRILLER
Ware (One by One; The Turn of the Key) once again demonstrates her literary claim as the 21st century’s answer to Agatha Christie with this ingeniously crafted puzzler in which she deftly shifts suspicion among a closed circle of suspects while at the same time cleverly inserting seemingly innocuous clues to the real killer among a sea of red herrings. When Hannah Jones hears the news that John Neville has died in prison, she thinks it is finally over. Instead, for Hannah, it is just beginning. Ten years ago, Hannah’s testimony sent Neville to prison for the murder of Hannah’s Oxford roommate and friend April Clarke-Cliveden. Now a reporter wants to meet with Hannah to share with her information he believes may prove Neville’s innocence. But if Neville didn’t murder April, who did?
VERDICT Fans of Golden Age mysteries like Dorothy Sayers’s Gaudy Night will love the book’s Oxford setting, while readers of trendy dark academia suspense novels, in the manner of Alex Michaelides’s The Maidens, will feel right at home. Top-drawer entertainment from a modern master of mystery.
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