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The Other Half

Charlotte Vassell

Agatha Christie meets Made in Chelsea in this bitingly funny police procedural packed with the suspense, wit, and energy of Knives Out

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Agatha Christie meets Made in Chelsea

‘Vassell’s sharply witty debut novel is an enticing blend of frothy social satire and deadly serious detective work.’ Daily Mail
‘Brilliantly compulsive . . . I could not stop reading this book.’ DENISE MINA

‘As sharp, witty and energetic as it is bitingly satirical.’ JANICE HALLETT

The night before
Rupert’s 30th is a black tie dinner at the Kentish Town McDonald’s – catered with cocaine and Veuve Clicquot.
The morning after
His girlfriend Clemmie is found murdered on Hampstead Heath. All the party-goers have alibis. Naturally.

This investigation is going to be about Classics degrees and aristocrats, Instagram influencers and who knows who. Or is it whom? Detective Caius Beauchamp isn’t sure. He’s sharply dressed, smart, and as into self-improvement as Clemmie – but as he searches for the dark truth beneath the luxury, a wall of staggering wealth threatens to shut down his investigation before it’s begun.

Can he see through the tangled set of relationships in which the other half live, and die, before the case is taken out of his hands?

Bitingly funny, full of twists, and all too close to reality, this is a stunning debut from your next favourite crime writer.

‘An incredible crime debut.’ ERIN KELLY
‘Scintillating.’ HARRIET TYCE

‘Delicious, searing . . . What a great new voice she is in detective fiction!’ S. J. BENNETT

‘A perfectly horrid cast of over the top characters and an engaging detective. Glorious.’ 5* review
‘Such a fun, biting take on the thriller genre . . . I loved this book!’ 5* review
‘It was fast paced and twisty and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I loved it.’ 5* review
‘It’s the characters that really make this book and I’d love to see a TV series based on these detectives.’ 5* review
‘Highly recommend if you enjoy Lucy Foley, I raced through this in less than a day!’ 5* review

Critic Reviews

Smart, twisty and full of wry humour, The Other Half is the perfect new thriller for a country that’s fed up to the back teeth with posh people running things.

Critic Reviews

The Bullingdon Club meets Knives Out [in] Vassell’s highly entertaining and satirical whodunnit.

Evening Standard
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A taut, tense debut.

Critic Reviews

A scintillating debut . . . combining a cast of compulsively ghastly characters, a truly engaging cop, Ancient Greek, Instagram, a corpse on the Heath and a butler in McDonald’s. Much of what I loved about The Secret History is to be found here, but with a thoroughly modern sensibility all of its own.

Harriet Tyce
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Smart, pacy and good fun.

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Brilliantly compulsive storytelling and in a completely repellent milieu. I could not stop reading this book.

Denise Mina

Charlotte Vassell studied History at the University of Liverpool and completed a Masters in Art History at SOAS, University of London, before training as an actor at Drama Studio London. Other than treading the boards Charlotte has also worked in advertising, executive search, and as a purveyor of silk top hats.

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