Skip to content

How To Solve Your Own Murder

How To Solve Your Own Murder by Kristen Perrin

As seen:

By Kristen Perrin

avg rating

3 reviews

VERY funny’ Jennie Godfrey

‘Smart, twisty, and original’ Heat

‘Terrific’ J. M. Hall

‘Superb’ Glamour

‘Wildly original’ Elly Griffiths

‘Delightfully refreshing’ Daily Mail


In 1965, Frances Adams was told by a fortune teller that one day she’d be murdered. Frances spent the next sixty years trying to prevent the crime that would be her eventual demise. Of course, no one took her seriously – until she was dead. For Frances, being the village busybody was a form of insurance. She’d spent a lifetime compiling dirt on every person she met, just in case they might turn out to be her killer. In the heart of her sprawling country estate lies an eccentric library of detective work, where the right person could step in and use her findings to solve her murder. When her great-niece Annie arrives from London and discovers that Frances’ worst fear has come true, Annie is thrust into her great-aunt’s last act of revenge against her sceptical friends and family. Frances’ will stipulates that the person who solves her murder will inherit her millions. Can Annie unravel the mystery and find justice for Frances, or will digging up the past lead her into the path of the killer? ******************************

Readers are loving How to Solve Your Own Murder

FINALLY, the book I’ve been searching for . . . Without a doubt the best murder mystery book I’ve ever read’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

’A cracking dual timeline read . . . I was totally engrossed in trying to solve the crime! Loved it! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘This book is SO much more than just a clever hook. It’s a fantastic combination of wonderfully crafted prose, vivid characters and a plot that made me gallop through’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘An amazingly well written mystery with true Christie vibes . . . a rollercoaster I didn’t want to get off’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Just brilliant . . . A proper who done it with a very modern twist’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Praise for How to Solve Your Own Murder

‘A wonderful idea and, pun intended, brilliantly executed’ Ian Moore ‘Plenty of twists and red herrings . . . entertaining’ Guardian ‘Addictive . . . a devilishly clever plot’ Sunday Post ‘I so enjoyed this smart, original murder mystery’ Beth O’ Leary ‘A deliciously inventive new take on the classic murder mystery’ Bobby Palmer ‘Ridiculously fun . . . unputdownable . . . One to savour for fans of Only Murders in The Building’ My Weekly ‘Sharply observed . . . vivid characterisation and theatrical plotting’ Sunday Independent ‘Intriguing . . . skilful storytelling . . . a compelling read’ Daily Mirror


13 Jun 2024


How to Solve your Own Murder
Kristen Perrin

I guess this book would fit into the cosy crime category, an easy comfortable read which pulls you in.

A very intriguing title and concept for the plot although one is hardly likely to be given the news of one’s imminent death from a fortune teller.

The author paints a vivid description of each of the characters and their surroundings.  The introduction has a fairytale quality which is in stark contrast to the reality portrayed in London. I liked the amusing asides used by Laura. As the plot develops it seems like many of the characters were involved in “game playing” which became quite annoying.

The shifting timeline technique which seems to be employed as the norm these days wasnt too convoluted and didn’t get in the way of the flow of the novel.

The pace soon picked up and drew me in. There were too many characters featured, many of them related and across generations and I soon wished that I had written notes or a family tree or two to help me out.

I began to lose interest when we got to the “detection”phase.  The police seemed pretty inept and disinterested in protecting evidence or crime scenes, they contributed little to the solving of the crime and at this stage I assumed the author was not seeking authenticity.

Yes I was taken by surprise at the ending!

12 Jun 2024


An enjoyable easy read. Set in 2 time periods, which are easy to follow, we meet Annie, a would-be writer who is summoned to meet her elderly, wealthy great-aunt Frances, whom she has never met. Her aunt is proposing to leave Annie her vast estate which includes the home her mother lives in in London. Her aunt has lived her life trying to solve her future murder, which was predicted by a fortune-teller at a village fair when she was young. Over the years, she has gained a reputation for being an eccentric busy-body, compiling files of information on her family, friends and neighbours, in an attempt to prevent her murder. Or assist in the solving of it, should she fail. In a lot of ways, this is a classic Agatha Christie-style murder mystery, with a crazy old lady, a Lord of the Manor, old retainers, and a gathering of relatives. As this is a popular, tried-and-tested form of fiction, it makes perfect sense for a debut novel. With the two timelines, we get to know certain characters as both young people and adults, so we can see how they have developed as people and try to work out what might have shaped them. I think that the characters are well drawn and I could visualise them quite clearly. The plot has clever twists and turns, and the added element of a race against time to solve Frances's murder and win the inheritance builds the suspense. I didn't guess the ending so it did keep my interest until the end. A good debut novel that I would recommend to fellow readers of cosy murder mysteries.

12 Jun 2024

[email protected]

Kristen Perrin’s How to Solve Your Own Murder brilliantly blends dark humor with suspense. The protagonist’s posthumous investigation is both eerie and entertaining, as she uncovers the darker sides of her acquaintances while attempting to identify her murderer. Perrin’s witty dialogue and clever plotting create a novel that is as amusing as it is thrilling. The book’s unique concept and engaging narrative voice make it a memorable read that stands out in the crowded mystery genre.

Latest offers

View our other programmes