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  • Published: 27 August 2024
  • ISBN: 9780857526588
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $34.99

Death at the Sign of the Rook




Jackson Brodie returns! From the Number One bestselling author, a brilliantly clever take on the classic country house murder mystery; a homage to writers such as Agatha Christie

DISCOVER THE NEW JACKSON BRODIE NOVEL, FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF SHRINES OF GAIETY

'How delicious to have Jackson Brodie back, this time in a story that starts off in Agatha Christie's world but soon becomes a landscape that could only have been crafted from the pen of the incomparable Kate Atkinson.' Ian Rankin

**SPECIAL FIRST EDITION PRINT RUN: With an exclusive design underneath the dust jacket and Author Q&A, available while stocks last**

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Welcome to Rook Hall.

The stage is set. The players are ready. By night’s end, a murderer will be revealed.

Ex-detective Jackson Brodie is staving off a bad case of midlife malaise when he is called to a sleepy Yorkshire town, and the seemingly tedious matter of a stolen painting. But one theft leads to another, including the disappearance of a valuable Turner from Burton Makepeace, home to Lady Milton and her family. Once a magnificent country house, Burton Makepeace has now partially been converted into a hotel, hosting Murder Mystery weekends.

As paying guests, a vicar, an ex-army officer, impecunious aristocrats, and old friends converge, we are treated a fiendishly clever mystery; one that pays homage to the masters of the genre—from Agatha Christie to Dorothy Sayers.

Brilliantly inventive, with all of Atkinson’s signature wit, wordplay and narrative brio, Death at the Sign of the Rook may be Jackson Brodie’s most outrageous and memorable case yet.

****

'Exceptionally smart, wild and brimming with sardonic wit... A gourmet read from first course to last' Janice Hallett, author of The Appeal


PRAISE FOR KATE ATKINSON

'Atkinson proves quite unique in her ability to fuse emotional drama and thriller...Imagine a Richard Curtis film scripted by Raymond Chandler' The Times

Kate Atkinson is an international treasure: She creates characters with the ease of Agatha Christie, makes narratives out of mysteries and mystery out of narrative' Vanity Fair

'Sharp humour, together with a number of unexpected twists makes this a typically pacey and intelligent read' Daily Mail

'Spot on characterizations, pitch perfect observations of contemporary culture and a sharp, wisecracking narrative voice' Time Out

  • Published: 27 August 2024
  • ISBN: 9780857526588
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $34.99

About the author

Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson is one of the world’s foremost novelists. She won the Costa Book of the Year prize with her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum. Her three critically lauded and prizewinning novels set around World War II are Life After Life, A God in Ruins (both winners of the Costa Novel Award), and Transcription. She was appointed MBE for services to literature in 2011.

Her bestselling literary crime novels featuring former detective Jackson Brodie, Case Histories, One Good Turn, When Will There Be Good News? and Started Early, Took My Dog became a BBC television series starring Jason Isaacs. Jackson Brodie returns in her new novel Big Sky.

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Praise for Death at the Sign of the Rook

How delicious to have Jackson Brodie back, this time in a story that starts off in Agatha Christie's world but soon becomes a landscape that could only have been crafted from the pen of the incomparable Kate Atkinson.

Ian Rankin