Appeal, The: Winner of the 2022 CWA New Blood Dagger

Janice Hallett

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd

Published: 14th Jan '21


An extraordinarily inventive thriller debut in which the reader is challenged to solve the crime… and predict the victim. With the small-town intrigue of The Casual Vacancy and the deft plotting of Agatha Christie, this is unlike any novel you’ve read before.

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*** 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 ________________________________________ In a town full of secrets… Someone was murdered. Someone went to prison. And everyone’s a suspect. Can you uncover the truth? 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. ________________________________________ ‘Gripping. I loved the ambitious and unusual approach’ – SOPHIE HANNAH ‘A daring debut… Hallett will soon have you laughing out loud’ – THE TIMES ‘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 ‘Fiendishly clever and totally gripping’ – CASS GREEN ‘A cracking book. Fresh, original and very clever’ – MEL SHERRATT

Additional information

Weight 0.616 kg
Dimensions 26 × 153 × 234 mm
Page Count 432