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Everyone on This Train Is a Suspect

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The is the second book in Ernest Cunningham series. You definitely need to read book one first. I really enjoyed the first book and liked this one even more. Although the setting of a murder on a train is certainly not original, the way this mystery is carried out is unique. I hope the author continues this series.

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Loved this more than the first! It gave me Agatha Christie/Arthur Conan Doyle in the best way, so good! Highly recommend!!!

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Ernest is back and surprise, surprise he is thrust into another murder investigation. EVERYONE ON THIS TRAIN IS A SUSPECT brings the reader to a crime-writing festival with Ernest Cunningham as one of the members of the panel. Again, Stevenson’s combination of unique choice in the narrator, wit, and carefully plotted reveals allow the reader to be brought into the examination of the crime(s) taking place.

I have to say, this book was better than the first. The concept and general idea are the same where Ernest writes a book about the murders he is present for. His signature candidness and humor are present on every page you read. The noticeable difference is the cast. Though Juliette and Andy are intertwined with the story, there is a whole new group of characters consisting of authors, people who work in publishing, and attendees of the festival. These personalities were just the right blend of caricature and relatable traits.

From beginning to end, this book was pure entertainment and downright addictive. I cannot wait to see what craziness Ernest gets into next. And if what I read at the end is any indication, it looks like we will be seeing a little more of Juliette too. Bring on book three!

Audiobook Note: The audiobook for the second book in the Ernest Cunningham series brings back Barton Welch with the addition of Megan Smart. Having the same narrator is the cherry on top when you are listening to a series. Welch, again, brought Ernest to life with perfect pacing and just the right amount of inflection. I loved this story just as much as the first, but listening to this audiobook truly allowed me to feel like I was there on the train.

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Thank you NetGalley and Mariner Books for providing this book for review consideration. All opinions are my own.

After reading Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone, I looked forward to the release of Everyone on This Train is A Suspect, which is somewhat surprising since I didn’t rate the first book very highly. However, my appreciation for Ernest’s narration style outweighed my hang ups going in.

While I liked this storyline more overall, this installment didn't quite hit the mark for me either. The pacing of the book failed to keep me engaged and the large cast of characters confused me. Even through the final chapters, I would encounter a character by name and have to flip back through the book to remind me who they were. Ernest's overtly promised reliable narration usually makes him come across as so stable and logical, that when he makes erratic decisions it feels like those scenes are about someone else completely.

However, I did find the resolution of the mystery to be satisfying and easier to comprehend compared to Book 1. Even with all of the struggles, if there's a 3rd book, I'll probably try it too.

I'll be recommending this book to:
- Anyone who enjoyed Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone
- Finlay Donovan fans

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Everyone on This Train is a Suspect is an absolute delight to read! Building on the success of his first book, the author once again delivers a witty and engaging story that is both charming and clever. From the moment I started reading, I found myself effortlessly drawn into the world of this captivating mystery. The writing is fantastic, striking the perfect balance between humor and intrigue. It's a light-hearted yet thoroughly entertaining read that keeps you guessing until the very end. A must-read for fans of cozy mysteries and anyone looking for a fun and enjoyable escape!

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Thank you to Netgally, the publishers, and Benjamin Stevenson

When I requested this book I was unaware that it was apart of a series, one that requires you to read the previous books for this one to make sense. I am unable to read all the previous books along with this one before the publish date. Therefore, I will rate this a fair 3/5 stars and will adjust the rating and review when I am able to read all the books in the series along with this one.

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This is the second book in the Ernest Cunningham series, and Ernst is back in action. This story line takes place on a cross country train where the Australian Mystery Writers Society has invited Ernst (along with other authors) to network. However, when one of the authors is found dead on the train everyone on board is considered a suspect. The first half of this book is slow moving with a lot of details and the second half picks up the pace. This book is full of wit, humor, and mystery. Someone described it as Murder on the Orient express meets Knives out and I couldnt agree more.

Thank you to the author, publishing team, and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a review. Book was released 1/30/24

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Would recommend for fans of…
🛤️ Finlay Donovan
🛤️ West Heart Kill
🛤️ Agatha Christie

Ernest Cunningham is back in another fourth-wall breaking mystery, this one an homage to Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express.

I was pretty ambivalent about the first book in this series, as the constant fourth-wall breaking was a quirk in the writing that was hard to get around. But I found the mystery intriguing enough, so I figured I’d continue on with the series.

Having adjusted to the unique narration style, it was easier to jump right in and start following along with the mystery. The plot, which focused on a murder among mystery writers, had a lot of fun “wink wink nod nod” moments to tropes and classic elements of the genre, and there was plenty of humor mixed in, which added a dash of fun. Ernest’s constant acknowledgements to the reader and references to things that are about to happen do get a little tiring at times, but if you’re able to power through that, you’ll find a great mystery underneath.

While this is the second in the series, I think you could jump in right with this one, as it offers a pretty good recap of the first book. And good news, there are more stories coming, including a holiday novella later this year.

Everyone on This Train Is A Suspect is out now. Thanks to Mariner Books and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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This is a great murder mystery! The story is engaging, and the narrative is hilarious. I love how the author not only encourages the reader to solve the murder along with him, but discusses clues and hints throughout the story. Even with all the clues, I wasn't able to figure it out before the end! Wonderfully entertaining!

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Following the much buzzed about Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone, this is another meta mystery which is tonally more successful than Everyone and just as twistily plotted.

Following in the literary footsteps of Murder on the Orient Express, Ernest Cunningham and four other writers are on the Ghan, a luxury train going from Darwin to Adelaide, for the 30th Anniversary Australian Mystery Writers Festival. Following Ern’s formula for successful mystery fiction we are introduced and given some back story on the characters, before plunging into a murder, interrogations, a second murder, and the lengthy resolution expounded to the cast in the bar carriage.

As before, Ernest plays fair with the readers, not hiding anything or overtly misleading us, liberally sprinkling clues, indeed often pointing them out, and winkily using a traditional mystery structure. What’s different this time is that the murders themselves are much less gratuitously gory and the tone is somewhat less jokey which gives a more balanced tone. Additionally, Ernest completely shatters the fourth wall by playing a game to keep track of the suspects which I didn’t love.

As I hope you know, in Murder on the Orient Express, everyone did it, and while it would be too obvious for that to be the denouement here, all the characters have a motive, some of which are more obvious than others. There are revelations galore, a rather clunky coincidence, and much use is made of the Australian Outback scenery for diversion and metaphor.

As well as getting me to look up trips on the Ghan (cheapest 4 days/3 nights is $3705), I felt satisfied that the author had ironed out the issues I had with the first in the series, albeit had added a couple of new wrinkles. Having read the two in quick succession, I’m glad there will be a break before we have another entry in this series - there’s only so much archness I can take - as that seems to be where the author is going.

Thanks to Mariner and Netgalley for the digital review copy.

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Top Pick - 4.5 Stars

Ernest Cunningham survived a tragedy, then wrote a book about the events. He’s been paid an advance to write a second novel, but is struggling to write a fictional story. Ernest is happy to be invited to be part of an author’s panel on a luxury train ride through the desert of Australia. He’s hoping he can get ideas for his next book, but didn’t think the inspiration would come from another real life murder. However, when one of the authors on the panel is murdered, Ernest puts his writing skills and his detective skills to use again to catch a killer.

Everyone on this Train is a Suspect is the sequel to Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone, but it works well as a standalone. I didn’t read the first book so it did take a little bit to get to know Ernest, the main character and narrator, and get used to the writing style of the book. However, once I did I could just sit back and enjoy this unique book. Ernest believes in authors playing fair to readers in mystery books, but often expects real life to work the same way. He is insecure, flawed, and doesn’t always make the right decision, but he is still likable. Ernest is a character to root for, both in the investigation, his writing career, and his personal life with his author girlfriend, Juliette, who is also on the train trip.

This book plays tribute to the golden age of detective stories and also cleverly talks about the publishing industry. It was also interesting the way Ernest talks to the other authors and uses their areas of expertise, such as forensics and psychology, to investigate the crime. The narration style is casual and chatty with Ernest speaking directly to readers, pointing out clues to help solve the case along with him. Even with all the clues and Ernest’s help, I wasn’t able to correctly identify the killer! I was surprised and entertained by the dramatic ending. I also loved the humor throughout the book. This is a mystery novel for mystery lovers and I highly recommend it.

~ Christine

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This follow-up to Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone was even more enjoyable than the first. This series is utterly original and entertaining. I love how the narrator breaks the fourth wall and takes the reader along on his journey to uncover the solution to the mystery. The tone is perfectly snarky, and the mystery is complicated and intricately plotted. I can't wait for more in this series. Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC.

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Thank you so much to NetGalley and Mariner Books for this advance copy of the sequel to a work I really enjoyed last year - Everyone on this Train is a Suspect is out today!

One thing that’s really great about this book is the writing style - it is very similar to the first book with our protagonist Ernest chiming in here and there with commentary on what’s going on, and I absolutely loved that. Of note, I read this one on my kindle and listened to the first one, and definitely enjoyed my print experience better, simply because with these “closed door mysteries”, you can run into a large cast of characters, and I like being able to flip back and refer to past characters. I cannot wait to continue this series - I would say you should read the first one to get an understand of Ernest as a lead, but technically this is a stand alone story with a new cast of characters, so you could read it independently.

Thank you again to NetGalley and the publishers for this ARC in exchange for my honest review. This one is out today!

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Oh man this was so fun! This is the second book I've read from this author and, like the first, this book takes pulls punches and twists on the standard for a murder mystery. Taking place on a train chugging thru the vast open expanse of central Australia, it is a clever and fast read with some laugh stops along the line! Toot toot, thanks to the publisher for the digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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A worthy follow-up to Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone, and with a substantially less far-fetched conclusion. Can't imagine the protagonist getting even less lucky as time goes on, but I suppose we shall see. My one quibble is that the large cast of characters were somewhat difficult to distinguish around the edges.

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Everyone on This Train Is a Suspect by Benjamin Stevenson was a great read! I have to admit that I liked it much better than the first book and I did like that one as well. I felt that in this story, the breaking of the fourth wall by Ernest was more seemless and felt more natural than the first time around. The action and pace of the story kept me turning pages. There were laugh out loud moments. And as usual, I did not solve the mystery before it was revealed and I personally like that in a mystery novel!!

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Everyone on This Train is a Suspect, written by Benjamin Stevenson, is the second novel that follows the same characters, after Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone. Definitely could win awards for mystery novels with the longest titles.

In each of these mysteries, the author writes as a first person narrator. Ernest Cunningham survived at the end of the last adventure and wrote the story of his experience. The book had great sales and now his publisher has given him an advance for another novel. As he and his girlfriend, Erin, board a train with other authors for a special Writer's Festival, he is worried that he cannot come through with another book.

But when a dead body is discovered on the train, it is clear the next book is all set. Again this time Ernest promises the reader that he is following the rules of of writing a murder mystery. As you reading the book the narrator continues to make sure you are getting all the facts he is getting and sharing the facts even down to how many times killer's name is mentioned in the book and when a character should be killed off.

Though he promises to be a reliable narrator, when you get to the end of the book the twist is still surprising. Probably all the facts that being offered are just another red herring.

Cleverly written and very entertaining style.

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Sequels can sometimes be scary especially if you’ve absolutely loved the first book, but Benjamin Stevenson, rose up to this challenge because I actually loved this book more than the original and I absolutely loved the original. I love Ernest’s character, even though some of his decisions are not the brightest. I especially love the wall breaks he does with the reader, his banter always cracks me up. I really hope a third book is on its way.

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The sequel to “Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone” was similarly structured and paced to its predecessor. It was filled with details, and tongue in cheek references to “how to write mystery novels,” and whatever the literary equivalent of “breaking the fourth wall” is. There’s gotta be a name for it, but it escapes me. Anyway, I liked this one better than the first book- the setting was excellent, I got a clearer picture of a bunch of the characters, and it was even funnier than the first. It’s definitely a book you need to focus on though- a lot happens very quickly, and my ADHD brain had a few misfires that led me to have to reread parts of it. If you like funny narrators and complicated mysteries, this one is for you. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the e-arc.

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This was a fantastic book and such a fun read! I really got into it and it lead me on a journey into the crazy world of murder! I thought it was well written and a book I would read again and again!

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