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Dead Clever
A Lily Pascale Mystery

By Scarlett Thomas

Kate’s Mystery Books/Justin, Charles & Co.
Hardcover, Fiction/Mystery, 312 pp., 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
$24.95, ISBN: 1-932112-01-4

Meet Lily Pascale, London party girl and brash young thing, who throws in the towel on her job, her boyfriend and her London flat to move back to the wild coast of Devon. Smart, willful, incautious and nearly terminally curious, Lily arrives at her new job at the local college on the same day student Stephanie Duncan is brutally murdered there. Suddenly, Lily finds herself smack in the middle of a real life crime, and Stephanie’s murder is just the beginning. Fenn Baker, the rather attractive Victorian Fiction specialist has disappeared (just as Lily was hoping to get to know him better), a student is going completely bonkers, and Lily’s weirdo boss Professor Valentine is behaving very strangely. Then another body is found and the questions start piling up.

Intelligent, endearing, eccentric and habit-forming, Lily Pascale is the coolest heroine to step out of London since Bridget Jones. Dead Clever is her spirited debut, the first novel in Scarlett Thomas’s acclaimed trilogy of Lily Pascale mysteries.

"Twin Peaks condensed into book form" —BBC Radio 4.
Scarlett Thomas is the author of three mysteries featuring Lily Pascale: Dead Clever, In Your Face, and Seaside, all forthcoming (more).

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