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In the Crypt with a Candlestick

Daisy Waugh

3 Reviews

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Crime & mystery

A wonderfully comedic novel full of sharp insight, sly wit - and a smidgeon of murder. Perfect for fans of PG Wodehouse, Julian Fellowes and Agatha Christie.

'Sharp, funny . . . the best sort of murder mystery' Tatler

'A jolly farce that never takes itself too seriously' Red Magazine

'Fizzles, crackles and sparkles' Elizabeth Buchan

'A perfect antidote to wintry gloom' The Literary Review

'Deliciously entertaining' Andrew Wilson

'A work of sublime silliness' Simon Brett

'An effervescent madcap whodunnit' Metro

'A marvellous rollicking read' Mary Killen

Sir Ecgbert Tode of Tode Hall has survived to a grand old age - much to the despair of his younger wife, Emma. But at ninety-three he has, at last, shuffled off the mortal coil.

Emma, Lady Tode, thoroughly fed up with being a dutiful Lady of the Manor, wants to leave the country to spend her remaining years in Capri. Unfortunately her three tiresome children are either unwilling or unable (too mad, too lefty or too happy in Australia) to take on management of their large and important home, so the mantle passes to a distant relative and his glamorous wife.

Not long after the new owners take over, Lady Tode is found dead in the mausoleum. Accident? Or is there more going on behind the scenes of Tode Hall than an outsider would ever guess....?

In the traditions of two great but very different British writers, Agatha Christie and P.G. Wodehouse, Waugh's hilarious and entirely original twist on the country house murder mystery comes complete with stiff upper lips, even stiffer drinks, and any stiffs that might embarrass the family getting smartly brushed under the carpet...

Praise for Daisy Waugh

'Refreshingly sharp and witty social satire' DAILY MAIL

'Dazzlingly evoked' SUNDAY TIMES

'Funny, cynical, and genuinely knowing' EVENING STANDARD

'A lubricious new novel . . . period charm and sexual intrigue' TATLER

'Gripping . . . powerful, evocative' THE LADY

'A sharp eye for detail and a refreshingly black comic streak' LITERARY REVIEW

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Praise for In the Crypt with a Candlestick

  • Fizzles, crackles and sparkles

  • An irresistible, high-camp crime caper - deliciously entertaining

  • This is marvellous rollicking read with brilliantly drawn characters. I finished it within 24 hours

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Daisy Waugh

Daisy Waugh writes 'Waugh Zone', a weekly column about her family life, at the front of the SUNDAY TIMES magazine. She has been writing for newspapers and magazines for many years - as an agony aunt, restaurant critic, interviewer, property 'expert', and travel writer. She has published seven novels and has also written a travelogue about living in Africa. She lives in London with her husband and children.

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