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  • Published: 15 July 2006
  • ISBN: 9780099437284
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $26.99

The Smiling Affair


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A bewitching first novel by the author of the highly praised story collection THE COMFORT ZONE.

It’s simple really. After years of hunting ghosts in California for a living, Jay Richards is tired of the whole business. His life is full of jokers and hoaxers, swindlers and sceptics – and that's just his clients.

Things soon get even more problematic for Jay when he’s hired by heiress Zelda Smiling to investigate a possible haunting at Cranmere Hall, her family’s ancestral seat and home to her glamorous twin sister Helena. For a start, Helena broke Jay’s heart years before. Worse, Helena seems to have left her husband and run off with a lover…although this doesn’t stop Jay from thinking that she’s been murdered. Is our hapless hero just bitter and paranoid? Or are his suspicions reasonable? And is any of this connected with the spectral figure that seems to be stalking the corridors of the sprawling mansion each night in Helena’s absence?

  • Pub date: 15 July 2006
  • ISBN: 9780099437284
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $26.99

About the Author

Jeremy Sheldon

Jeremy Sheldon was born in 1971 in London where he has worked as a script-reader, a DJ and a university lecturer. He was educated at Eton College and the University of East Anglia where he was awarded an MA in Creative Writing. He is the author of a collection of short stories, The Comfort Zone (2002) and a novel, The Smiling Affair (2005).


Praise for The Smiling Affair

“'Sheldon's debut novel adds an intriguing modern twist to the traditional country house murder.'”

Daily Mail

“Boasts some extremely skilful storytelling...Absorbing...Extremely good fun...Thoroughly entertaining”

Time Out

“A haunting, hugely accomplished Great Gatsby-esque tale”

Esquire

“A taut, compelling, thickly atmospheric thriller”

Metro


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