A Times Crime Novel of the Year In the second instalment of Lynne Truss's joyfully quirky crime series, our trio of detectives must investigate the murder of a hapless romantic; an aristocratic con man on the prowl; and a dodgy Brighton nightspot... It is summer in Brighton and the Brighton Belles are on hand to answer any holidaymaker's queries, no matter how big or small. The quickest way to the station, how many pebbles are on the beach and what exactly has happened to that young man lying in the deckchair with blood dripping from him? Constable Twitten has a hunch that the fiendish murder may be connected to a notorious Brighton nightspot and the family that run it, but Inspector Steine is - as ever - distracted by other issues, not least having his own waxwork model made and an unexpected arrival, while Sergeant Brunswick is just delighted to have spied an opportunity to finally be allowed to go undercover... Our incomparable team of detectives are back for another outing in the new instalment of Lynne Truss's joyfully quirky crime series. Murder by Milk Bottle, the third in the Constable Twitten series, publishes in July 2020 and is available for pre-order now.
A knockabout farce of mayhem and murder ... A feast of black humour -- Barry Turner * Daily Mail * A welcome second outing ... Lynne Truss is clearly having a great time - and so does the reader. There is a smile, giggle or guffaw on every page -- Mark Sanderson * The Times * [An] entertaining new crime series ... Truss's affection for a rollicking, twisty caper has transferred to the page with ease ... There's some fine storytelling on display here -- Praise for 'A Shot in the Dark' * Observer * Funny, clever, charming, imaginative, nostalgic and gently satirical -- Praise for 'A Shot in the Dark' * The Times * A farce that gathers hilarious pace with every page ... More Marx Brothers than Agatha Christie, this is crime fiction turned on its head - a giddy spell of sheer delight -- Praise for 'A Shot in the Dark' * Daily Mail * With plenty of brightly coloured bucket-and-spadery, including ghost trains and Punch and Judy and variety acts, this clever, tongue-in-cheek escapade is a perfect summer read -- Praise for 'A Shot in the Dark' * Guardian * It takes a writer of Lynne Truss's wit and intelligence ... to take on both the cosy and comic fields, shaking them up to forge something fresh and beguiling ... Delightfully witty -- Praise for 'A Shot in the Dark' * i *