There was every possibility that I was dead, and my brain hadn’t got the memo. Or maybe it was that I wished I were dead. On reflection, that was more likely.
Usually clear-headed editor Samantha Clair stumbles through her post-book-party morning with the hangover to end all hangovers. But before the ibuprofen has even kicked in, she finds herself entangled in an elaborate saga of missing neighbors, suspected arson, and strange men offering free tattoos.
By the time the grisly news breaks that the fire has claimed a victim, Sam is already in pursuit. Never has comedy been so deadly as she faces down a pair from Thugs ’R’ Us, aided by nothing more than a Scotland Yard boyfriend, a stalwart Goth assistant, and an unnerving knowledge of London’s best farmer’s markets.
From the acclaimed bestselling author Judith Flanders, A Cast of Vultures continues the sharp-witted series starring book editor and amateur sleuth Samantha Clair.
Praise for “A Cast of Vultures”
“Hilarious, big-hearted, clever, whip-smart, and devious.”
Louise Penny, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Wickedly clever―and very funny.”
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
Sam Clair is like a sleuthing Bridget Jones: a witty, self-effacing, smarter than she lets on, sassy singleton in the big city. […] m Flanders’ witty prose keeps readers guessing, and charmed by her delightfully realistic protagonist.
Comparisons to Janet Evanovich’s books about bounty hunter Stephanie Plum are clear. Notably, both feature strong, funny, messy female narrators, and both are set in close-knit neighborhoods populated by (mostly lovable) eccentrics. Both protagonists even have cops for long-suffering boyfriends. Flanders, though, has a distinctive and appealing voice of her own, especially when it comes to wisecracks about a publishing scene beset by executives more interested in “product” than in worthwhile writing
The highlights of the third in this marvelous and often amusing series (A Bed of Scorpions, 2016, etc.) are neighborhood characters who are a basket of enjoyables and a complex and brainy heroine.
Flanders adroitly avoids chick-lit clichés, opting for nuanced, multidimensional characters… Insights into the fraught culture of publishing, where editors balance publicity demands with interference by corporate management consultants who refer to books as “product,” lend interest. Readers will look forward to seeing more of smart, successful, self-deprecating Sam.