The Appeal by Janice Hallett (Free Download), Dear Reader – enclosed are all the documents you need to solve a case. It starts with the arrival of two mysterious newcomers to the small town of Lockwood, and ends with a tragic death.
Someone has already been convicted of this brutal murder and is currently in prison, but we suspect they are innocent. What’s more, we believe far darker secrets have yet to be revealed.
Throughout the Fairway Players’ staging of All My Sons and the charity appeal for little Poppy Reswick’s life-saving medical treatment, the murderer hid in plain sight. Yet we believe they gave themselves away. In writing. The evidence is all here, between the lines, waiting to be discovered.
Will you accept the challenge? Can you uncover the truth?
The standout debut thriller of 2021 that delivers multiple brilliant twists, and will change the way you think about the modern crime novel.
In a town full of secrets…
Someone was murdered.
Someone went to prison.
And everyone’s a suspect.
Can you uncover the truth?
*** THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER ***
*** WATERSTONES THRILLER OF THE MONTH ***
*** THE SUNDAY TIMES CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH ***
‘This dazzlingly clever cosy crime novel completely trumps Richard Osman. A modern Agatha Christie’ – SUNDAY TIMES.
‘This is a case you’re about to become obsessed with. A triumph’ – ALEX NORTH.
‘Very different but very satisfying. I thoroughly recommend The Appeal’ – ELLY GRIFFITHS.
‘Gripping. I loved the ambitious and unusual approach’ – SOPHIE HANNAH.
‘A brilliantly fresh, ingenious and original whodunnit. So, so good’ – INDIA KNIGHT.
‘Extremely addictive, it will reel you in, one piece of evidence at a time’ – ALEX PAVESI.
‘Takes the whodunnit to a whole new level. A rare feat’ – ELIZABETH HAYNES.
This dazzlingly clever cosy crime novel in emails completely trumps Richard Osman… Hallett uses the epistolatory form to superb effect in this terrific debut * Sunday Times * Agatha Christie for the 21st century. A dazzlingly clever murder mystery, told via emails, about sinister goings-on in an amateur dramatics group * The Times * Witty, clever and completely addictive * Mail on Sunday * This witty thriller is giving Richard Osmond’s Thursday Murder Club a run for its money in the cosy crime stakes, as it continues to charm readers. Hallett’s debut, set in a sleepy town where an am-dram production of All My Sons is in the works, is funny and full of twists. Amateur sleuths and thespians alike will love it * Evening Standard * This ingeniously conceived whodunnit encourages the reader to turn detective in a murder case set against the backdrop of an amateur dramatic club. Brain-twistingly clever * Metro * If you’re looking for a crime novel that is very different but very satisfying I thoroughly recommend The Appeal by Janice Hallett. I loved it — Elly Griffiths, bestselling author of The Postscript Murders Very gripping. I loved the ambitious and unusual approach — Sophie Hannah, bestselling author of Haven’t They Grown [A] daring debut… Hallett will soon have you laughing out loud… The Appeal is clever and funny * The Times * I couldn’t put it down. [Hallett’s] take on the epistolary novel is so involving AND funny at the right moments. Puts the reader right in the thick of it, as we become the spyware eavesdropping on all these private emails and messages. Brilliant idea and SO cleverly executed — Diane Setterfield.
Janice Hallett studied English at UCL, and spent several years as a magazine editor, winning two awards for journalism. Her debut novel, The Appeal, was the Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month and a Waterstones Thriller of the Month. Her second novel, The Twyford Code, will be published by Viper in 2022. When not indulging her passion for global adventure travel, she is based in West London.