The Other Half
by Charlotte Vassell
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Pub Date 21 Nov 2023 | Archive Date Not set
Vintage Anchor, Anchor
A STUNNING DEBUT FROM YOUR NEXT FAVORITE MYSTERY WRITER • Rupert's 30th birthday party is a black-tie dinner at the Kentish Town McDonald's—catered with cocaine and expensive champagne. The morning after, his girlfriend Clemmie is found murdered on Hampstead Heath, a single stiletto heel jutting from under a bush.
“A perfectly modern whodunnit.” —Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of I Will Find You
Who killed Clemmie? Was it the blithe, sociopathic boyfriend? His impossibly wealthy godmother? The gallery owner with whom Clemmie was having an affair? Or was it the result of something else entirely?
All the party-goers have alibis. Naturally. This investigation is going to be about aristocrats and Classics degrees, Instagram influencers and whose father knows who.
Or is it 'whom'? Detective Caius Beauchamp isn't sure. He's sharply dressed, smart, and thoroughly modern—he discovers Clemmie's body on his early morning jog. As he searches for the dark truth beneath the luxurious life of these London socialites, a wall of staggering wealth and privilege threatens to shut down his investigation before it's even begun. Can Caius peer through the tangled mess of connections in which the other half live—and die—before the case is wrenched from his hands? Bitingly funny, full of shocking twists, and all too familiar, The Other Half is a truly stunning debut.
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I realised from the beginning that this was going to be good. Charlotte Vassell writes with a confident, razor sharp edge that’s perfect for bursting the bubbles of the entitled upper class characters that populate this exceptional whodunnit. After reading several novels by Yarwood- Lovett who seems to be in thrall to her titled characters and the high end possessions that define them, it’s a breath of fresh air to read a blistering satire on the ruling classes who have done such a fantastic job of damaging Britain over the last 13 years! The trio of dedicated sleuths who crack the case stand in complete contrast to this privileged elite and I hope they’ll feature in a sequel.