The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is an unconventional mystery. Aiden Bishop is tasked with solving the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle, but there are a few rules. He has to present the solution at 11 pm, and he has to be the first to do so. He has rivals in this game, and only one of them can leave Blackheath. To add to the difficulty of his task, Aiden wakes up in a different body each day after he fails to solve the murder. At the end of eight days and eight hosts, his memory will be reset and he will be forced to start over again. Aiden has to race against time and his rival sleuths in order to escape the loop. This book is destined to become one of my favorites. It combines everything I love about mysteries, suspense, and period pieces. The plot twists and revelations rival the works of my dearly beloved Agatha Christie. I usually don’t go for stories that involve time travel and repetition of events, but Stuart Turton handled this aspect of the story exceptionally well. The amount of time the author must have spent plotting out this novel is incomprehensible to me. This will definitely warrant a re-read in the future.
February 6, 2019 Becca N. @ Hughes Main