Guilty By Definition - Susie Dent PRE-ORDER

Guilty By Definition - Susie Dent PRE-ORDER

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Agatha Christie meets Countdown in the debut mystery novel from the Genius of Dictionary Corner, Susie Dent

The debut murder mystery from the resident genius of Countdown's Dictionary Corner, Susie Dent.

An anonymous letter arrives at the offices of the Clarendon English Dictionary containing a challenge for the team of lexicographers working there. It's clear that's it's not the usual run-of-the-mill, eccentric enquiry. The letter hints at secrets, lies and a year. 2010. For Martha Thornhill, the new senior editor, that year can mean only one thing: the summer her brilliant, beautiful older sister Charlie went missing.

After a decade living abroad, Martha has returned to her father, her family home and the city whose institutions have defined her family, but the ghosts she thought at rest were only waiting for her to return.

More letters arrive, pointing towards a secret in the heart of the dictionary itself. As Martha and her colleagues start pulling apart the clues, the questions become more insistent and troubling. Charlie's disappearance is one of a series of secret absences going back centuries, and someone wants to keep those secrets buried.

PRAISE FOR SUSIE DENT:

'Susie Dent is a national treasure' - Richard Osman

'Nobody on earth knows more about the English language than Susie Dent and nobody writes about it more entertainingly' - Gyles Brandreth

'Stuffed with delightful words . . . it'll keep Scrabble fanatics and wordsmiths entertained for hours' - Radio TImes

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