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A Murder To Die For

A darkly comic farce about a murder at a murder mystery festival by Stevyn Colgan

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The Synopsis

‘Stevyn Colgan bestrides the territory of English rural comedy, one foot on the throat of Joanna Trollope, the other knocking the bonnet of Miss Marple off her silver head.’ - STEPHEN FRY


How do you solve a murder when hundreds of wannabe detectives all have the same goal?

Every year, fans from all over the world descend upon a tiny picturesque English village to celebrate the life of the enigmatic author Agnes Crabbe and her fictional lady detective, Miss Millicent Cutter.

Crabbe fans are quite obsessive; the majority turn up to the festival dressed as Miss Cutter. Spats between rival fan clubs are not uncommon. But when one of the most prominent superfans is murdered on the first day of the festival, the police find themselves trying to solve a crime in which the victim, witnesses, almost everyone in the village, and even the murderer, are all dressed as Miss Cutter. And most of them are also trying to solve the murder …

In this darkly comic farce, the worlds of classic detective fiction and real-life homicide investigation come crashing together with hilarious and occasionally messy results.

Stevyn Colgan spent 30 years as a police officer. But now he’s one of the writers of the award-winning TV show QI and its sister show on BBC Radio 4, The Museum of Curiosity. In A Murder To Die For, he brings his sense of humour and his policing experience together to create something that is definitely not your average murder mystery.

The Excerpt

Savidge didn’t start the fight, at least not directly. The first sputtering fuse had actually been lit by a sozzled member of the late Denise Hatman-Temples’ Agnes Crabbe Society suggesting to an equally intoxicated member of the equally late Gaynor Nithercott’s Agnes Crabbe Book Club that the latter was responsible for the death of the former.

“Why was she still driving?” snapped the lady from the Agnes Crabbe Society. “She was nearly blind for goodness’ sake.”

“Her eyesight was obviously good enough for the DVLA”, said the lady from the Agnes Crabbe Book Club.

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Questions & Answers

Sarah Tennant Sarah Tennant asked:

Hello,
just wondering if the signed editions are dedicated?
Thanks

Unbound Unbound replied:

Hi Sarah,

Thanks for getting in touch. The collectable level entitles the pledger to a signed copy of the book, but these won't be dedicated as our warehouse can't process orders this way. I hope that's OK.

Best wishes,

Unbound Support

Hi there,
Could you please let me know where the launch party is going to be held? (Town/city, I mean, not specific venue.) Love the sound of the book, right up my street!
Thank you,
Claire Bodanis

Stevyn Colgan Stevyn Colgan replied:

Hi Claire! It's early days yet so we haven't given much thought to a venue. I am planning to run it as a murder mystery night if I can - it would just make the party so much more fun! To be honest, it will probably be in London or somewhere very close to London as that's where Unbound is based and I live in nearby Buckinghamshire. But who knows? As soon as I do, I'll let people know via my 'shed' on this page. Thanks for your interest! - Stevyn x

Thanks Stevyn - sounds like a great party, I've signed up! Good luck with the funding. And apologies for getting my question twice!
Claire

Stevyn Colgan Stevyn Colgan replied:

Claire - No problem! And thank you! Do visit the shed for a chat now and again! - S x

Angela Lord Angela Lord asked:

How about this for a pledge-raiser - promise that when your book reaches 75 per cent funding, you'll dress up as Miss Chetwynd?

Stevyn Colgan Stevyn Colgan replied:

Angela - Oh that's a given! x

Angela Lord Angela Lord asked:

Brilliant - Or even a flashmob of Chetwynds - what's the collection noun for that, a gale or a gaggle?

Stevyn Colgan Stevyn Colgan replied:

I'll go for a Sleuth. Or is that bears?

Cara Usher Cara Usher asked:

careful stevyn, your QIs are showing!!

Stevyn Colgan Stevyn Colgan replied:

I'd better tuck them under my skirts then :D

The Rewards

All supporters get their name printed in every edition of the book. All levels include immediate access to the author's shed.

$15
Digital
E-book edition and your name in the back of the book
📖 Pledge $15 102 pledges
$20
Paperback
1st edition paperback, ebook edition and your name in the back of the book
📖 Pledge $20 148 pledges
$35
Collectable
Signed 1st edition paperback, ebook edition and your name in the back of the book
📖 Pledge $35 149 pledges
$65
Launch Party
An invite to a murder mystery-themed launch party hosted by the author, plus signed 1st edition paperback, ebook edition and your name in the back of the book
📖 Pledge $65 37 pledges
$125
Bucks and Oxon Tour & Lunch
Lunch and a tour with Steve around the villages and sites that inspired the book in Bucks and Oxon (including Agatha Christie’s grave), plus signed 1st edition paperback, ebook edition and your name in the back of the book
📖 Pledge $125 6 pledges
$190
Total Package
Lunch and a tour with Steve around the villages and sites that inspired the book in Bucks and Oxon, plus two tickets to the murder mystery-themed launch party hosted by the author, signed 1st edition paperback, ebook edition and your name in the back of the book
📖 Pledge $190 1 pledge
$315
Become a character!
Name a character in the book after you or a loved one, plus two tickets to the murder mystery-themed launch party hosted by the author, plus signed 1st edition paperback, ebook edition and your name in the back of the book
📖 Pledge $315 7 pledges