‘A delicious new voice in crime writing… Excellent on the English aristocracy and written in a fine, wry style, we will hear much more of Miss Mahl.’ (Daily Mail)

'Absorbing, charming and funny, A Brush with Death heralds a fresh and welcome new voice in crime writing. Susie Mahl is also a welcome new detective: witty, warm and very inquisitive.' (Antonia Fraser)

'This is a crime novel for mystery fans sick of gore and sexual violence. Just curl up and lose yourself happily in this world of animals and toffs - closely observed by a beady-eyed artist turned amateur sleuth who realises all is not as innocent as it looks and is determined to do something about it.' (Ruth Dudley Edwards, author of the Robert Amiss Mysteries)

'A Brush with Death is a perfectly English mystery, with an abundance of all the right jokes, details, and muddy dogs. Author Ali Carter’s first book is a lovely romp and shows promise for a wonderful tongue-in-cheek mystery series.’ (Foreword Reviews)

‘Animal lovers, Anglophiles, and fans of humorous, socially observant whodunits will look forward to the next Susie Mahl mystery.’ (Publishers Weekly)

‘Fans of country-house cozies will delight in this series debut.’ (Booklist)

'The first book in a promising new series will remind you of Downton Abbey and Miss Marple, except that this Miss M is a pet portraitist with a penchant for rather expensive underwear, and it's purely for her own pleasure.' (Bookbag)

Agatha Christie meets Downton Abbey, in this delightful new series introducing pet portraitist and amateur super-sleuth, Susie Mahl. A Brush with Death combines a country house murder with a fascinating insight into the life of a working artist.

If secrets could be taken to the grave many of us would have an ear to the ground. But as Alexander, Earl of Greengrass, discovers one clear Sunday morning late in November, death is a most efficient way of revealing the cavern of cover-ups in a guilty conscience. Caught with his trousers down in Spire village graveyard whilst his faithful wife was playing the organ inside the church, this wealthy landowner meets a gruesome end.

Luckily pet portraitist Susie Mahl is on hand to sort things out, as she’s been recently commissioned to draw Situp, the dog at the village’s Glebe House. Susie discovers an unexpected zest for truth and an awesome nosey parker instinct, and soon the newly annointed Pet Detective is digging out the truth with a dogged determination.

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Ali Carter was born in Scotland and read art history at St Andrews. There followed an eclectic career in investment management, retail and technology; then in 2011 she had a catastrophic bicycling accident. After major brain surgery and a long recovery, Ali set herself a challenge to walk alone from Canterbury to Rome, a three-month pilgrimage she wrote about in her book, An Accidental Jubilee by Alice Warrender.  From then she decided to follow her passion and become a fine artist, specialising in oil paintings from life with an emphasis on colour. Ali works from her studio in East Sussex and also draws pet portraits to commission. A Brush with Death is her first novel.

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Margot Weale at Oneworld

Tel: 020 7307 8908

Crime & Mystery

US: July 2018

£8.99 / $14.99 304pp

B Format Paperback

ISBN: 9781786072764

eISBN: 9781786072771

Territories: World