Bloomsbury to Publish A Shot in the Dark by Lynne Truss

Bloomsbury to Publish A Shot in the Dark: A Twitten Mystery by Lynne Truss

The first novel in a fabulous new comic crime series from much-loved author Lynne Truss, perfect for fans of M. C. Beaton, Celia Imrie and James Runcie’s Grantchester series.

Eats Shoots and Leaves sold over one million copies (TCM) and won the British Book Awards Book of the Year in 2004.

Lynne Truss has a significant media profile, with a weekly Sunday Telegraph column and frequent drama series on BBC Radio 4. Expect major review coverage.

Cat Out of Hell, Lynne’s last novel, has sold almost 20,000 copies (TCM) and was translated into Italian, Czech and Japanese.

About the book: The first book in a charming and witty new crime series from much-loved author Lynne Truss.

After the notorious ‘Middle Street Massacre’ of 1951, when the majority of Brighton’s criminals wiped one another out in a vicious battle as the local police force enjoyed a brief stop en route for an ice cream, Inspector Steine rather enjoys life as a policeman. No criminals, no crime, no stress. He just wishes Sergeant Brunswick would stop insisting that perhaps not every criminal was wiped out that fateful day.

So it’s really rather annoying when an ambitious – not to mention irritating – new constable shows up to work and starts investigating a series of burglaries. And it’s even more annoying when, after Constable Twitten is despatched to the theatre for the night, he sits next to a vicious theatre critic who is promptly shot dead part way through the opening night of a new play.

It seems Brighton may be in need of a police force after all…

About the author: Lynne Truss is a writer and broadcaster. She has written for Woman’s Journal, the Daily Mail, The Times and the Sunday Times. In 1996 she was named Columnist of the Year and the following year was shortlisted for Sportswriter of the Year. She has written extensively for radio, including dramas, adaptations and short stories. She is the author of three novels and she also writes scripts and comedy series for BBC Radio 4. Truss’s first book, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, was an international bestseller and won the British Book Awards Book of the Year. Lynne Truss lives in Brighton.

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