The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

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Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden Bishop must solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle in order to escape the curse in a world filled with enemies where nothing and no one are quite what they seem.
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781492657965
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY TURTON 2018
Characteristics: 435 pages : map ; 24 cm


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As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young daughter of the house, is killed.
But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden – one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party – can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again.

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Jan 05, 2019

This is possibly one of the most intriguing novels I have ever read. Filled with a cast of characters that are hard to imagine to be in one place. Aiden Bishop finds himself in the body of different hosts as he tries to find out the answer to the mystery of who killed Evelyn Hardcastle. As the story progresses more questions arise, more things are revealed as he lives the same day over and over and over again searching for the final answer. But when the why and wherefore of the whole journey is revealed your mind will be blown. Intense and indescribable this is a book that you will want to read again to see how many clues you may have missed along the way. If you love a great mystery you will love this book and be captured by the concept, the characters and the plot. wOw!!!!!

Dec 27, 2018

If you like twisty, convoluted mysteries with narrators who are as confused as you are, this may be your cup of tea. It plays on the classic country house murder story with a "Groundhog Day" twist - our narrator keeps reliving the day of the murder from different perspectives.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Dec 11, 2018

Very unusual high concept mystery. Super intricate plot: the reader experiences the same day leading up to the murder many times as the main character jumps from body to body. Yes, it’s weird, but also fascinating. Also, really good!

DCLadults Nov 02, 2018

A New & Noteworthy Best of 2018 pick. Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Aiden Bishop is trapped in a “Groundhog Day” cycle where he needs to solve the murder. Every day he inhabits a different body to gather clues. A convoluted conundrum of a mystery, and you’re going to love it!

Oct 19, 2018

This is a mind blowing genre-bender for the ages! It has something for lovers of mystery, thrillers, and science fiction in it. Don't let that last genre deter you; there are no robots or aliens but there are definitely some elements of the story that qualify as not being strictly mystery/thriller. In fact, I'd go so far as saying that there are some threads of horror hear as well.

The story mainly takes place in a setting that hints at being post war England (the book doesn't specify so it could be either World War) and takes you on an edge of your seat ride as the main character jumps between bodies while trying to figure out who killed the title character. Nothing and no one is what they seem in this book. I will definitely be offering it as a recommendation to my patrons.

Oct 04, 2018

Color me confused but impressed. This is a twisty turny wildly complicated book and I applaud the author because I'm pretty sure it made sense if you stopped and thought about it. Incredibly detailed and a good reminder of why I mostly read fluff. But it was an interesting read all the same.

Sep 04, 2018

Buckle up your seatbelts, readers! This is a mindbending, genreblasting rollercoaster of a read. As described it contains elements of Groundhog Day and Quantum Leap. With all there is to learn in the eight days given to our protagonist to solve the mystery, will he even believe Evelyn is worth saving?
Reminiscent of "Dark Matter" by Blake Crouch as you are doing mental gymnastics and a fabulous choice for book groups. This edition even had discussion questions included.

A hearty thank you to Sourcebooks and Edelweiss for a digital ARC of this captivating new title.

Aug 30, 2018

A unique mystery with a twist. You might need pen and paper to create a timeline of the characters assembled in a crumbling country mansion but if you like intricately crafted books you will enjoy the journey.

Aug 17, 2018

This was an amazing murder mystery--the twists and turns kept me reading chapter after chapter. It's like a mix of Life after Life by Kate Atkinson and an Agatha Christie novel with a bit of science fiction thrown in.


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