Eight Detectives by Alex Pavesi is a clever and original read

Eight Detectives is the stunning debut novel from author Alex Pavesi. It’s a compelling puzzle you want to solve.

All murder mysteries follow a simple set of rules.
Grant McAllister, an author of crime fiction and professor of mathematics, once sat down and worked them all out.

But that was thirty years ago. Now he’s living a life of seclusion on a quiet Mediterranean island – until Julia Hart, a sharp, ambitious editor, knocks on his door.

His early work is being republished and together the two of them must revisit those old stories.

An author, hiding from his past, and an editor, probing inside it.

But as she reads the stories, Julia is unsettled to realise that there are parts that don’t make sense. Intricate clues that seem to reference a real murder

.One that’s remained unsolved for thirty years . . .


If Julia wants answers, she must triumph in a battle of wits with a dangerously clever adversary.


But she must tread carefully: she knows there’s a mystery, but she doesn’t yet realise there’s already been a murder . . .

Book description for Eight Detectives by Alex Pavesi

Eight Detectives is a clever, engaging and original read. It threads numerous stories together seamlessly, dropping hints and clues at every turn.

Throughout Eight Detectives Alex manages to keep the pace and the tension sustained and evident so the reader keeps turning the pages, as they navigate through seven short stories and the wider plot, slotting in the puzzle pieces until the reader gets to the splendid and twisted end.

You can get a copy of Eight Detectives here, which is out now via Penguin imprint Michael Joseph.

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