Title: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Author: Stuart Turton
Published: 2018 (Sourcebooks Landmark, Illinois – Originally published as The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle in the UK by Bloomsbury Raven)
Pages: 430 (Hardcover)
Genres: Murder-Mystery, Fiction, Thriller, British Crime, Historical Fantasy
I’ve been hearing good things about this book since it came out in 2018. Finally, I got a chance to read this British crime mystery, and review it for you all as another Short Review!
My first impression of the novel was that it seemed like a cross between an Agatha Christie novel, and the Netflix series Russian Doll meets the film Ground Hog Day. But this novel with its trippy twists-and-turns creates an imaginative mystery in a classic historical setting. A man named Aidan Bishop is trapped in Blackheath, an English manor in the country-side, where he lives the same day every day of a party in the body of 8 rotating guests, attempting to solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle, the daughter of Blackheath’s Lord and Lady owners. Solving the murder is the only way to escape Blackheath alive, or else there will be grave consequences for Bishop.
If you’re looking for a compelling and strange British murder-mystery, this is the book for you. At times, it was almost too surreal and repetitive, but this book kept me on my toes as the story grew closer to revealing Aidan Bishop’s fate. The characters and settings were described acutely, and at times the story felt more like a sci-fi fantasy than Sherlock Holmes.
Overall, I give this book a 3 out of 5!