On the Horizon – the 7 1/2 deaths of evelyn hardcastle (Stuart Turton) – wherein I finally read the correct book!

Ahoy there mateys!  I received this murder mystery  eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .

the 7 1/2 deaths of evelyn hardcastle (Stuart Turton)

Title: the 7 1/2 deaths of evelyn hardcastle

Author: Stuart Turton

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

Publication Date: TODAY! (U.S. hardcover/e-book)

ISBN: 978-1492657965

Source: NetGalley

I have been avenged and vindicated!  I finally, finally got me grubby mitts on this here correct book!

For those new to me crew, a while back I suffered immense confusion and shock when I picked up a book expecting to find a time-travel fantasy and there was no time travel to be had. What I had meant to read was this book, called the seven deaths of evelyn hardcastle.  What I got instead was a book called the seven husbands of evelyn hugo – a wonderful historical fiction about the golden age of Hollywood with a LGBT twist!  Similar titles hence the confusion.

Side note:  Liz Laurin on Goodreads asked the author “Always been curious since I love both books, is the name any sort of homage to The Seven Hsubands of Evelyn Hugo, or just a weird coincidence? There wouldn’t seem to be any sort of connection as they are very different books, but I LOVE both.”  His glorious response, “Complete coincidence – that’s why we had to change the US title to 7 1/2 Deaths.”  Ha!

While I was delighted by the mischance, I did want to read the correct book.  It was described to me as Agatha Christie meets Groundhog’s Day.  Fun stuff!  And goodness did this yarn deliver.  The main premise is that a man named Aiden Bishop has been doomed to repeat the same day over and over – the day that Evelyn Hardcastle is murdered at a gala party thrown by her parents.  The only way he can escape this dastardly day is if he can solve who murdered Evelyn and how.  But after hundreds of repeats of the day in question, is Aiden really any closer to discovering who-dun-it?

Basically this work be a genius of craft and cunning.  The complexities were many and the puzzles fascinating.  And I loved it.  I am in awe of the planning and vision of this work.  Me noggin spun pleasantly in possibilities while readin’ it and spun satisfactorily in circles upon finishing it.  It is a book that deserves a second readin’ now that the puzzle pieces have been revealed to me.  Because now that I can see the pieces, I want to take another look at how the parts interlocked from the beginning.  I will certainly be readin’ Mr. Turton’s next book.

I still recommend that the crew reads about evelyn hugo.  But I also recommend that me crew picks this one about evelyn hardcastle up too!  Savvy?

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

How do you stop a murder that’s already happened?

At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed–again. She’s been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden’s only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend–but nothing and no one are quite what they seem.

To visit the author’s twitter go to:

Stuart Turton – Author

To buy this novel visit:

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27 thoughts on “On the Horizon – the 7 1/2 deaths of evelyn hardcastle (Stuart Turton) – wherein I finally read the correct book!

  1. I love the sound of this one, Cap! And I’m also intrigued by the book you also acquired by mistake! Thank you for the heads-up. I’m still busy trimming down my teetering TBR – but once it’s a bit more respectably slim, this is definitely one of the books I want to top it up with, againj.

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    1. Can’t believe ye missed this one and very glad to point ye towards it. Personally I liked the Hugo book better. It actually may become me best book of the year. I just completely connected with the characters and it had beautiful writing. The Hardcastle book was also well written and clever but I felt like I was watching from overhead or offstage. So while the puzzle and story were wonderful, I was never fully invested in the main character. That said I loved them both and have no regrets. Ye gonna give both a shot?
      x The Captain

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      1. I am definitely going to give both a shot! I love historical fiction and I’ve really been in the mood for more of it lately. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo sounds like what I am craving.

        That said, the idea of a Groundhog’s Day mystery really intrigues me. Did feeling detatched from the story affect your overall enjoyment, or just your ability to attach to the main character? I ask because I find being distant during mysteries is an experience I almost always have. I’ve never considered it closely before!

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      2. Hooray for giving both a shot! I believe that seven husbands is going to be me favourite book of the year even if me blog be for fantasy, sci-fi, and young adult. I just can’t stop thinking about it.

        I have to admit that feeling detached did affect me overall enjoyment a bit. I like to be sucked into a story and forget I be readin’ one. So I always knew that I was readin’ seven deaths. This does happen to me with almost all mysteries (an exception isn’t coming to mind). It is why most mysteries are one-time reads. Not because I know the endings (I tend to forget details anyway) but because I don’t attach to the characters. I read mysteries when I have to focus on multiple things at once so if I miss something, it usually doesn’t matter. Hope that makes sense. Arrr!
        x The Captain

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      3. That’s HIGH praise, Captain! Now I definitely have to read Seven Husbands. Immediately.

        I agree with you when it comes to mysteries. For some reason, I can never get completely lost in the story. I don’t know why! It might be because the characters aren’t the focus — the mystery, and threfore the plot, is! I would rather focus on characters and relationships than plot. O_o

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