Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone – Benjamin Stevenson

Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle meet Knives Out and The Thursday Murder Club in this fiendishly clever blend of classic and modern murder mystery.

I was dreading the Cunningham family reunion even before the first murder.

Before the storm stranded us at the mountain resort, snow and bodies piling up.

The thing is, us Cunninghams don’t really get along. We’ve only got one thing in common- we’ve all killed someone.

My brother.
My step-sister
My wife
My father
My mother
My sister-in-law
My uncle
My stepfather
My aunt

Book Info: Print length: 350 pages. Publisher: Penguin. Publication Date: 18 Aug 2022

Benjamin Stevenson is an award-winning stand-up comedian and author. His first novel, Greenlight, was shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut Crime Fiction, and his second novel, Either Side of Midnight, was shortlisted for the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Original Paperback.
Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone, his third novel, was a huge bestseller and has so far been sold in twenty-four territories around the world. It will soon be adapted into a major HBO TV series.
Benjamin has sold out live shows from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival all the way to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has appeared on ABC TV, Channel 10 and The Comedy Channel.

My Review:

Yes, Yes, Yes – this is exactly the type of book I love. Funny, clever, original, addictive, entertaining, page-turning and totally brilliant.

Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone is Benjamin Stevenson’s latest novel and I hadn’t heard of him before I read this book, I have now completed my indepth reseach, bought his previous book She Lies in the Vines and made sure I’ve followed him (stalked) on all social media platforms. Now that I know he is an award-winning stand-up comedian, the humour and wit evident throughout Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone is obviously written by a very talented and funny man.

Back to the book, narrated by Ernest Cunningham, a self-published author of “how to write a crime novel”, Ernest has been invited to a family reunion at a Ski Resort, however he really doesn’t want to be there for a number of reasons which are revealed throughout the story but I can tell you that the Cunningham family is a very dysfunctional bunch of misfits and there is no surprise (it’s in the title) when we find out everyone in the Cunningham family has killed someone.

This is such an entertaining book, Ernest speaks directly to the reader whilst narrating his story and there were moments of absolute hilarity, deadpan humour and observational remarks which were brilliant.

For those who love a murder, there are several gross and gruesome killings to keep you happy and a nasty serial killer on the loose.

Everyone in my Family Killed Someone is so smart and entertaining, I absolutely loved the humour and irony, all the characters involved, especially Ern – our “reliable narrator” who brings the Cunningham family to life (and death) in such vivid descriptions.

5 very easy stars from me and a huge recommendation to fans of the crime/mystery genre.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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