Over My Dead Body – Maz Evans

‘Laugh-out-loud hilarious, moving and life affirming. How can one book be so many things? I couldn’t put this fabulous, first class, five star read down.’ JANICE HALLETT
‘Thoroughly wicked, compulsively page-turning, and funny as hell.’ S J BENNETT
‘Warm, wacky and witty. I loved it!’ SALLY PAGE

Hello? Can you hear me? Probably not. I’m Dr Miriam Price . . . and I’m dead.
The local police, who couldn’t investigate their own nostrils, think I drank myself into an early grave. The nerve! I was murdered. I was just too plastered to know whodunnit, that’s all.

Unless I prove to my inquest this week that my death was no ‘misadventure’, I’m condemned to 50 years in Limbo. I have to find my killer – but I can’t communicate with any living human. Well, there’s one, but she barely qualifies . . . Winnie – my neighbour and nemesis. It seems the dying can interact with the dead, which is helpful news for me, if not stellar for Winnie. Oh well. She’ll live. Maybe.

Suspects? How long have you got? My saintly husband, who’d reached his limit? My best friend, who was anything but? My secret lover, or his wife? My disgruntled colleague? The mother who wrongly holds me responsible for her child’s death? Professor Plum? Your guess is as good as mine.

So Winnie – slap on your deerstalker and strap on your granny pants. Let’s catch a killer! Assuming we don’t kill each other first . . .

‘Clever, wise and properly funny. An absolute triumph.’ LUCY MANGAN
‘Hilarious…a fab whodunnit with brilliant characters. A gleeful read!’ TINA BAKER

Book Info: Print length: 320 pages. Publisher: Headline. Publication Date: 3 Aug 2023

Still unsure how it happened, Maz Evans is apparently the author of the bestselling WHO LET THE GODS OUT?, VI SPY and SCARLETT FIFE series, which have collectively sold over half a million copies to 22 countries worldwide. They have received over 30 award nominations, including the Carnegie Medal, Branford Boase, Books Are My Bag, Waterstone’s Children’s Book of the Year, Indie Children’s Book of the Year and CrimeFest Best Children’s Book.

She narrates the audiobooks for the series and her acclaimed live events have featured at Hay, Imagine, Edinburgh, Bath, Cheltenham, Bestival, Wilderness, CarFest and countless literary festivals and primary schools around the UK.

As an author, she has won the hearts of thousands of children. As a nuclear physicist, she has frankly been completely rubbish.

My Review:

Sometimes I like to take a step away from the dark side and change genre, so when I saw a few people recommending this book on Social Media it seemed like the perfect time for some light relief.

Over My Dead Body is absolutely WONDERFUL, I think I may have read the book from start to finish with a huge smile on my face (and if you know me, you will know that’s not a regular occurence!).

Firstly, I adored Dr Miriam Price – she is absolutely brilliant as the main character who wakes up dead and stuck in “limbo” because everyone thinks she killed herself. Determined to prove she was in fact murdered, she finds she is able to communicate with her elderly next door neighbour Winnie, which is rather unfortunate because the two of them absolutely HATE each other.

Over My Dead Body is Maz Evan’s first book in the adult fiction genre, having a hugely successful career as a children’s writer and I am tempted to read those books just because the wit, plotting and character development is so good in this one.

This book was so entertaining and I did snort-laugh several times throughout – causing a little embarrassment as I was sunbathing by a busy pool on holiday at the time!

If you enjoy “cosy” crime mysteries with brilliant characters, cracking one-liners, hysterical situations all tied beautifully together in a clever and original story, then I would 100% recommend you buy this book when it is published in August 2023.

5 HUGE STARS and I’m still grinning thinking about this book weeks after finishing it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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