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A howl of wolves : a mystery / Judith Flanders.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Minotaur Books, 2018.

Physical Description:
295 pages ; 22 cm


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FLA Book Adult Mystery / Suspense Fiction

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"Whip-smart" (Louise Penny) amateur sleuth Samantha Clair returns in A Howl of Wolves , a mystery from Judith Flanders, the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed author of A Murder of Magpies.

Sam Clair figures she'll be a good sport and spend a night out at the theater in support of her upstairs neighbors, who have small parts in a play in the West End. Boyfriend (a Scotland Yard detective) and all-round good sport Jake Field agrees to tag along to what is apparently an extra-bloody play filled with dramatic, gory deaths galore. So Sam expects an evening filled with faux fatalities. Until, that is, the curtain opens to the second act, revealing a dummy hanging from the rafters,who's been made up to look suspiciously like Campbell Davison, the director of the production.

When Sam sees the horrified faces of the actors onstage, she realizes that this is indeed not a dummy, but Davison himself--and this death is not part of the show. Now everyone wants to know: who killed Campbell Davison? As Sam learns more about the murdered man, she discovers that he wasn't all that well-liked amongst the cast and crew, so the suspect list grows. The show must go on--but Sam knows a murderer must be apprehended, so she sets out to find out what happened, and why.

New York Times bestselling author, Judith Flanders once again brilliantly fuses mystery with humor in the fourth installment of her critically acclaimed ­ Sam Clair series.

Author Notes

JUDITH FLANDERS is the New York Times bestselling author of The Invention of Murder and is one of the foremost social historians of the Victorian era. Her book The Victorian City was a finalist for the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She lives in London.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In Flanders's entertaining fourth mystery featuring London book editor Samantha Clair (after 2017's A Cast of Vultures), Sam accepts the invitation of her upstairs neighbors, actors Kay and Anthony, to attend the opening night of a new production of a blood-soaked 16th-century play in which Kay's character meets a grisly end. Sam is not enthusiastic, but wants to support her friend-especially since Kay's adorable six-year-old son, Bim, has a small role in the play. But when the curtains part on the second act, the body of the director, Campbell Davison, is revealed hanging from the rafters. Days later, the costume designer is killed. Only when a woman claiming to be Sam kidnaps Bim does Sam muster all her forces-including her live-in love, homicide detective Jake Field-to find the killer. Sam's delightfully acerbic British wit more than compensates for a plot that falls apart at the end. Flanders gives readers a fascinating backstage look at the theater and insight into the amusing machinations of the English publishing world. Agent: George Lucas, Inkwell Management. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.