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Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone book club notes

Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone is a fiendishly clever mystery that will keep your book club guessing and introduces a family of characters brilliant for discussion.

After getting snowed in at a mountain resort, bodies are piling up around the Cunninghams with our unwitting narrator-turned-detective searching for answers. The thing is, the Cunninghams don’t really get along. They’ve only got one thing in common: they’ve all killed someone. Will Ernest Cunningham discover who's behind the mountain murders?

This witty and clever book is full of twists that make it a great book to discuss with your reading group!

Discussion points and questions:

  • What do you think of Ronald Knox's 10 Commandments of Detective Fiction? Do you feel they are relevant today or old fashioned/predictable?
  • Are Knox's rules often broken in modern crime? Do you view this as a positive or negative thing?
  • How well does Stevenson stick to the rules?
  • The narrator has a unique role to play in this book, how does the narrator differentiate this book from other crime novels?
  • Did you enjoy the pre-emptive reveals of events in the book (ie. the page numbers)? Does knowing what's coming, but not how or why, increase or decrease suspense?
  • Which family members did you like/dislike?
  • Which family members did you suspect the most?
  • Did you find it funny? Does a humorous tone work in crime?

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Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone
Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle meet Knives Out and The Thursday Murder Club in an ingenious blend of classic and modern murder mystery.
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