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Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781529381436

Price: £14.99

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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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‘A gripping page-turner will make you gasp’ Catherine Ryan Howard

‘I couldn’t put it down’ Andrea Mara


She said yes to a dinner invitation. Now she’s a murder suspect …

Returning to her alma mater and memories of her youth is the last thing Finn Fitzpatrick wants to do right now. But when a former classmate invites her to speak at a university conference, Finn feels she can’t say no. Even though she has no idea why she’s been included among such high-profile guests, or invited to the exclusive dinner in the College president’s private dining room afterwards.

Then, three days later, a body is discovered in the College grounds, and everyone who was at the president’s dinner falls under suspicion.

Soon, Finn is deeply embroiled in the murder investigation. But as she looks more closely into her fellow dinner guests, behind their success she unearths a slew of damaging secrets, bitter rivalries and hidden agendas. Will Finn let sleeping dogs lie, or risk it all to uncover the truth?

‘Agatha Christie meets John Grisham in the ancient halls of academia – will grip you to the very last page’ Sam Blake

‘Agatha Christie vibes … a great read’ Patricia Gibney


Agatha Christie vibes with the added atmosphere and intrigue of the murder occurring in a university. A great read
Patricia Gibney
Dark academia meets locked-room mystery ... a gripping page-turner ... will make you gasp
Catherine Ryan Howard
Clever, sharp and addictive, I couldn't put it down
Andrea Mara
Agatha Christie meets John Grisham in the ancient halls of academia - dark, atmospheric and intricately plotted, A Lesson in Malice is a lesson in suspense that will grip you to the very last page
Sam Blake
A perfect Agatha Christie 'locked room whodunnit' murder mystery that will keep you guessing
Sunday Independent
A very entertaining read
Irish Times
Fans of the pacey whodunnit will also enjoy this book
Irish Examiner