The Last Word

The Last Word

Crime & Thrillers
Hardback Published on: 30/01/2024
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A cosy, twisty mystery that reintroduces the glorious characters we met in the bestselling The Postscript Murders - shortlisted for the Gold Dagger. Natalka and Edwin, whom we met in The Postscript Murders, are running a detective agency in Shoreham, Sussex. Despite a steady stream of minor cases, Natalka is frustrated, longing for a big juicy case such as murder to come the agency's way. Natalka is now living with dreamer, Benedict. But her Ukrainian mother Valentyna has joined them from her war-torn country and three's a crowd. It's annoying to have Valentyna in the tiny flat, cooking borscht and cleaning things that are already clean. To add to Natalka's irritation, Benedict and her mother get on brilliantly. Then a murder case turns up. Local writer, Melody Chambers, is found dead and her family are convinced it is murder. Edwin, a big fan of the obit pages, thinks there's a link to the writer of Melody's obituary who pre-deceased his subject. The trail leads Benedict and Edwin to a slightly sinister writers' retreat. When another writer is found dead, Edwin thinks that the clue lies in the words. Seeking professional help, the amateur investigators turn to their friend, detective Harbinder Kaur, to find that they have stumbled on a plot that is stranger than fiction.

  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781529433432
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 580g
  • Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 36 mm

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The Last Word
A New Harbinder Kaur Mystery - Nice One!
Elderly gent Edwin and Natalka (Ukranian born) run a detective agency in Sussex; their Sussex Constabulary ally being Detective Harbinder Kaur. They ge... READ MORE
Lesley Brown
The Last Word
Well-observed, funny and truly uplifting
What a lovely book! My shorthand way of describing it would be to say that, if you enjoy Richard Osman's books then this is in a very similar vein. But to ... READ MORE
Sadie Robinson
The Last Word
a cleverly-plotted cosy mystery
The Last Word is the fourth novel by award-winning British author, Elly Griffiths to feature Harbinder Kaur. At the K and F agency, Natalka Kolisnyk is exc... READ MORE
Marianne Vincent
The Last Word
A quirky cosy crime
I seem to be in a flurry of ‘new to me’ authors, this being my first Elly Griffiths book. The Last Word follows the adventures of an unlikely trio, Natalka... READ MORE
Sarah C
The Last Word
Ok read.
This is the fourth mystery in the Harbinger Kaur series, based around a private investigator firm. It's a cosy read, I like the characters but it is a bit ... READ MORE
Martha Brindley
The Last Word
Second in big hearted wrens of crime and conundrums- loved it
There is no denying that Elly Griffiths is one of the best and most prodigious crime fiction writers today . Whether it be The Ruth Galloway series or The... READ MORE
Stephen - the bookworm
The Last Word
A real joy to read
I was really sad when the Dr Ruth Galloway series finished by I am really pleased that Elly Griffiths has created this new series of books, of which "The L... READ MORE
Mel Pretorius
The Last Word
Brilliant, as always.
Natalka and Edwin run a small detective agency doing everything you would expect them to be doing. It’s good honest work, but sometimes it can become monot... READ MORE
Peter  Evans
The Last Word
Wonderful characters
This was an intriguing slow burn crime read featuring an unusual trio of private investigators who have been approached by the daughter of a recently decea... READ MORE
Sarah Goldthorpe
The Last Word
Thoroughly enjoyed! Recommended!
Elly Griffiths is one of my favourite authors and I must admit I was devastated when she drew a lime under the Ruth Galloway series. It was like saying goo... READ MORE
Annette Librarian
The Last Word
The sleuthing trio of Natalka , Edwin and Benedict are back . Edwin and Natalka are running a detective agency and they have an ally in the police force ... READ MORE
Zoe Hitchen
The Last Word
Entertaining read
It was great to spend time with the lovable characters from Postscript Murders. Elly is brilliant at characterisation and they really come alive; .similarl... READ MORE
Mavis Tiller
The Last Word
a fabulous tale full of wit, intrigue, and wonderful characters
The engaging new novel from British bestseller Elly Griffiths. The Last Word sees the welcome return of unusual investigative trio Natalka, Edwin, and Bene... READ MORE
Craig Sisterson
The Last Word
The epitome of cosy crime
Edwin and Natalka have set up a detective agency following their previous success at solving crime and are approached to look into the suspicious death of ... READ MORE
Jo-anne Atkinson
The Last Word
I really enjoyed the storyline
This is the first book I’ve read by this author but it won’t be the last. I really enjoyed the storyline, the setting and all the different characters. Th... READ MORE
Brenda Birkett
The Last Word
I am delighted for the return of the dynamic trio of amateur detectives, Benedict, Edwin, and Natalka. You may remember them from The Postscript Murders wh... READ MORE
Noemi Proietti