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)
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.
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