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The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
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The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

"This book blew my mind! Utterly original and unique."—Sophie Hannah, New York Times bestselling author

A murder mystery novel inspired by Agatha Christie with a dash of Groundhog Day and a hint of Quantum Leap and Downton Abbey.

Aiden Bishop knows the rules. Evelyn Hardcastle will die every day until he can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest at Blackheath Manor. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others. With a locked-room mystery that Agatha Christie would envy, Stuart Turton unfurls a breakneck novel of intrigue and suspense.

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a breathlessly addictive mystery that follows one man's race against time to find a killer, with an astonishing time-turning twist that means nothing and no one are quite what they seem.

From the author of The Devil and the Dark Water, Stuart Turton delivers inventive twists in a thriller of such unexpected creativity it will leave readers guessing until the very last page.

Praise for The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle:

Sunday Times Bestseller
Costa First Novel Award 2018 Winner
One of Stylist Magazine's 20 Must-Read Books of 2018
One of Harper's Bazaar's 10 Must-Read Books of 2018
One of Guardian's Best Books of 2018
One of Buzzfeed's 17 Mystery Books You Won't Be Able to Put Down
One of BookRiot's 10 Mystery and Thriller Authors like Agatha Christie

"I hereby declare Stuart Turton the Mad Hatter of Crime. The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is unique, energizing, and clever. So original, a brilliant read."—Ali Land, Sunday Times bestselling author Good Me Bad Me

"Darkly comic, mind-blowingly twisty, and with a cast of fantastically odd characters, this is a locked room mystery like no other."—Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes

"Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day... quite unlike anything I've ever read, and altogether triumphant."—A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

Other Thrillers from Sourcebooks Landmark:
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton
The Last Flight by Julie Clark
Black Widows by Cate Quinn
The Quiet Girl by S.F. Kosa

"This book blew my mind! Utterly original and unique."—Sophie Hannah, New York Times bestselling author

A murder mystery novel inspired by Agatha Christie with a dash of Groundhog Day and a hint of Quantum Leap and Downton Abbey.

Aiden Bishop knows the rules. Evelyn Hardcastle will die every day until he can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest at Blackheath Manor. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others. With a locked-room mystery that Agatha Christie would envy, Stuart Turton unfurls a breakneck novel of intrigue and suspense.

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a breathlessly addictive mystery that follows one man's race against time to find a killer, with an astonishing time-turning twist that means nothing and no one are quite what they seem.

From the author of The Devil and the Dark Water, Stuart Turton delivers inventive twists in a thriller of such unexpected creativity it will leave readers guessing until the very last page.

Praise for The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle:

Sunday Times Bestseller
Costa First Novel Award 2018 Winner
One of Stylist Magazine's 20 Must-Read Books of 2018
One of Harper's Bazaar's 10 Must-Read Books of 2018
One of Guardian's Best Books of 2018
One of Buzzfeed's 17 Mystery Books You Won't Be Able to Put Down
One of BookRiot's 10 Mystery and Thriller Authors like Agatha Christie

"I hereby declare Stuart Turton the Mad Hatter of Crime. The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is unique, energizing, and clever. So original, a brilliant read."—Ali Land, Sunday Times bestselling author Good Me Bad Me

"Darkly comic, mind-blowingly twisty, and with a cast of fantastically odd characters, this is a locked room mystery like no other."—Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes

"Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day... quite unlike anything I've ever read, and altogether triumphant."—A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

Other Thrillers from Sourcebooks Landmark:
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton
The Last Flight by Julie Clark
Black Widows by Cate Quinn
The Quiet Girl by S.F. Kosa

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  • STUART TURTON is a freelance journalist who lives in West London with his wife. Stuart is not to be trusted-in the nicest possible way. The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is his first novel.
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  • Library Journal

    April 15, 2018

    In this creepy, twisty, much-anticipated thriller, Evelyn Hardcastle is murdered each day at 11:00 p.m., and protagonist Aiden Bishop is ordered to inhabit the bodies of eight different guests at the event where they're present so that he can identify the killer and break the bloody cycle. Must-read kudos from Stylist Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and Australia's Marie Claire; from debut British author Turton.

    Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 9, 2018
    Turton’s complex debut blends mystery with Groundhog Day and Quantum Leap. Guests have been invited to the Hardcastle family manse, the dilapidated Blackheath House in the English countryside, for a masquerade ball that the Hardcastles are holding for the return of their daughter, Evelyn, from Paris. At the novel’s start, several days before the ball, an unnamed protagonist comes upon Blackheath and enlists those inside to find the body of a woman he thinks has just been murdered. He’s forgotten his identity, but people at the house think he’s Dr. Sebastian Bell, an invitee to the ball. It turns out Bell is the first of eight people—invited guests of the Hardcastles, their associates, staff, and a police officer—whom the main character will inhabit over eight days in a repeating loop. This loop revolves around two mysteries: who killed young Thomas Hardcastle 19 years ago, and who murders Evelyn, his older sister, the night of the ball? As the hero amasses clues about the past and present, a mysterious costumed “Plague Doctor” chimes in to direct the action, explaining the only escape from this loop is to expose the identity of Evelyn’s murderer. This is a complicated, twisting plot that may delight some looking for a puzzle but may leave others exasperated at the overly abstruse rules and kitchen-sink concept.

  • Kirkus

    July 15, 2018
    In this dizzying literary puzzle, the hapless protagonist is doomed to relive the same day over and over unless he can solve a murder at a masquerade ball.The narrator, Aiden Bishop, wakes up in a forest outside Blackheath House, "a sprawling Georgian manor house," not knowing who or where he is--or why he's screaming the name Anna. A man in a beaked plague-doctor mask brings him up to speed: For eight days, Aiden will wake up in the body of a different witness to the shooting of young beauty Evelyn Hardcastle. If at the end of that extended week, during which Aiden will remember all that occurs, he fails to identify the killer and break the bizarre murder cycle, he will have his memory wiped and be forced to start from the beginning. "It's like I've been asked to dig a hole with a shovel made of sparrows," Aiden moans. To be real or not to be real, that is the question for Aiden, who struggles after his own identity while being "hosted" by individuals who include the lord of the manor, a doctor, and a butler. Borrowing liberally from such cultural milestones as Groundhog Day, Quantum Leap, and Eyes Wide Shut--and, of course, the stories of Agatha Christie--the book has a built-in audience. It's a fiendishly clever and amusing novel with explosive surprises, though in the absence of genuine feeling, it tends to keep its audience at arm's length.Turton's debut is a brainy, action-filled sendup of the classic mystery, though readers may be hard-pressed to keep up with all its keenly calibrated twists and turns for more than 400 pages.

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  • Booklist

    Starred review from May 1, 2018
    The Hardcastle family has decided to throw a party at Blackheath House as a memorial to their son, who was killed there years before. At 11 p.m., during the party, Evelyn Hardcastle is murdered. Aiden Bishop is trapped inside a time loop with this murder mystery at its center. Each morning he awakens in another guest's body and relives that same day until Evelyn's death. If he does not find the killer by 11 p.m., Evelyn will die, and the cycle will begin again. However, there is a catch: he's racing against time?he has eight days, eight do-overs, to solve the mystery. If he fails, he will be killed himself. This novel is so ingenious and original that it's difficult to believe it's Turton's debut. The writing is completely immersive. The reader slips into the pages right beside Bishop, following closely in the adrenaline-packed hunt for the killer. Evelyn's time line could easily be confusing, but Turton masterfully creates a natural flow while jumping through different characters on different days. There are certainly echoes of Agatha Christie here, but it's Christie ramped up several notches, thanks to the malevolent twist on the Groundhog Day theme. Readers may be scratching their heads in delicious befuddlement as they work their way through this novel, but one thing will be absolutely clear: Stuart Turton is an author to remember.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2018, American Library Association.)

  • Robin Stevens, author of the Wells and Wong mystery series "Gloriously inventive, playful and clever, this is a must for mystery fans. I wish I'd written it myself."
  • Anna Stephens, author of The Godblind Trilogy "Stuart Turton's debut novel is dazzling in its complexity, astonishing in its fiendishness, and shocking in its sheer audacity. Every page, every character, and every deliciously dark secret is an absolute treat. Turton is going places."
  • Louise O'Neill, author of Only Ever Yours and Asking For It "Audaciously inventive, gripping, and original."
  • Jenny Blackhurst, author of How I Lost You "I'm green with envy; I wish I'd written this book."
  • Natasha Pulley, author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street "Absolute envy-making bloody murderous brilliance."
  • Imran Mahmood, author of You Don't Know Me "This book had me mesmerized from the very first page to the last. A totally unique premise and a beautifully plotted tale told with breathtaking skill. One of the best books I've read in a long time. Every page either sparkles or fizzes with beauty or danger. This is a real mind-melter of a novel from a writer who has complete mastery over his work. If more people could write like this, who'd need cinema?"
  • Harper's Bazaar, 10 New Books to Add to Your Reading List in 2018 "Pop your favorite Agatha Christie whodunnit into a blender with a scoop of Downton Abbey, a dash of Quantum Leap, and a liberal sprinkling of Groundhog's Day and you'll get this unique murder mystery. The twisting, cleverly-written debut . . ."
  • Sarah Cation, Canadian Living "My favorite mystery so far this year, it's Agatha Christie, Groundhog Day, and Black Mirror mashed up into the kind of tale you just can't put down."
  • Kirsty Logan, author of The Gracekeepers "Bonkers but brilliant. It's an Agatha Christie manor-house mystery – with a Black Mirror twist. Kept me engrossed and guessing throughout, and I still didn't figure it out."
  • A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Woman in the Window "Dazzling. A revolving door of suspects (and narrators); a sumptuous country-house setting; a pure-silk Möbius strip of a story. This bracingly original, fiendishly clever murder mystery - Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day - is quite unlike anything I've ever read, and altogether triumphant. I wish I'd written it."
  • Kirkus Reviews "Turton's debut is a brainy, action-filled sendup of the classic mystery."
  • International bestseller Sophie Hannah "This book blew my mind! Utterly original and unique."
  • Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author "If Agatha Christie and Terry Pratchett had ever had LSD-fuelled sex, then The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle would be their acid trip book baby. Darkly comic, mind-blowingly twisty, and with a cast of fantastically odd characters, this is a locked room mystery like no other"
  • Ali Land, Sunday Times bestselling author Good Me Bad Me "I hereby declare Stuart Turton the Mad Hatter of Crime. The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is unique, energizing, and clever. So original, a brilliant read."
  • Delilah S. Dawson, New York Times bestselling author "Agatha Christie meets Downton Abbey with a splash of red wine and Twin Peaks. Dark and twisty, lush and riddled with gorgeous prose, part of me will always be trapped in Blackheath."
  • Sarah J. Harris, author of The Color of Bee Larkham's Murder "Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! It's a work of sheer genius. An amazing, unique book that blew my mind."
  • Matthew Sullivan, author of Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore "A kaleidoscopic mystery that brilliantly bends the limits of the genre and the mind of the reader. The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is urgent, inventive, creepy and, above all, a blast to read!"
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