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The bestselling new novel from Ben Elton

With old friends like these, who needs enemies?

It's a question mild mannered detective Edward Newson is forced to ask himself when, in romantic desperation, he logs on to the Friends Reunited website in search of the girlfriends of his youth. Newson is not the only member of the Class of take back '88 who has been raking over the ashes of the past. As his old class begins to reassemble in cyberspace, the years slip away and old feuds and passions burn hot once more.

Meanwhile, back in the present, Newson's life is no less complicated. He is secretly in love with Natasha, his lovely but very attached sergeant, and failing comprehensively to solve a series of baffling and peculiarly gruesome murders. A school reunion is planned and as history begins to repeat itself, the past crashes headlong into the present. Neither will ever be the same again.


In Past Mortem, Ben Elton - previous winner of The Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award for Popcorn - delivers both a heart-stopping thriller and a killer comic romance.

Reviews

Fans will love it

Heat

Engaging and smartly plotted

Observer

It's warm-hearted characterisation and deft pacing should make the paperback popular on next summer's beaches

The Sunday Times

Past Mortem confirms Elton as craftsmanlike, thoughtful and readable. Fans will find plenty to enjoy

Daily Mail

A writer who provokes almost as much as he entertains

Daily Mail

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Formats & editions

  • EBook

    9781448167487

    November 8, 2012

    Transworld Digital

    464 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780552771238

    May 2, 2005

    Black Swan

    464 pages

    RRP $24.99

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