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Stevyn Colgan – The Diabolical Club | Review

Title: The Diabolical Club

Author: Stevyn Colgan

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 304

Rating 4.25/5



This is the second Stevyn Colgan novel that I’ve read and maybe the third or fourth of his books overall. This one picks up from where the last one left off, although you can also read it as a standalone, which is the case with most murder mystery stories that I’ve come across. This one’s a bit different to the others though, because it has a deep sense of humour underlying it that makes it an unusual blend of mystery and comedy.

Colgan does it great, but perhaps that’s because he used to be a policeman and so he’s writing about what he knows. The same could be said of the setting – the fictional British county of South Herewardshire – which is clearly based on High Wycombe, the town that both Colgan and I happen to live in. I also like how it built on his fictitious writer, Agnes Crabbe, and how it even had a reference to books by Ariadne Oliver, who was one of Agatha Christie’s characters. It was a cool little crossover.

The only bone that I have to pick here is with the depiction of animal rights activists, which was kind of at odds with the way that most of the groups that I know of are known to work and function. But then, this is a comedy book as much as a mystery book, and so I think we can be too picky with things like that.

All in all though, I was pretty happy with this and I’m glad that I picked it up – and that I supported it through the launch campaign with Unbound, too. If you like humour and murders, give this a go.



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Stevyn Colgan – A Murder to Die For | Review

Title: A Murder to Die For

Author: Stevyn Colgan

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 334

Rating: 5*/5


Stevyn Colgan - A Murder to Die For

Stevyn Colgan – A Murder to Die For


I was super excited for this book because Mr. Colgan is a local writer and he’s even been a guest speaker at a writing workshop of mine. This release came out through Unbound, which is a pretty innovative new publisher, and so I pledged some cash to support the book in exchange for a pre-release copy, which is why I’m able to read this now and why you’ll have to wait.

Sucks to be you, ’cause this is a cracker. It’s basically a fun take on the classic cozy detective novel, and I love cozy detectives and have even written my own, which is due for release in 2018. But this takes that a step further, satirising detective novels while simultaneously being one. It gets super meta, and I liked that.

Basically, the book is about a murder that happens during a festival held each year in honour of fictitious crime writer Agnes Crabbe. Her fans flock to the small village of Nasely and dress up as her characters, attending talks and hobnobbing with the actors who play her characters on the TV adaptation. Unfortunately, in this particular year, a real-life murder takes place – and the subsequent investigation fills up the majority of the narrative. But I won’t talk about that because, you know, spoilers.

What’s great about this is that it gets the balance just right, making me laugh as a reader whilst simultaneously delivering a plot that kept me gripped until the end. In fact, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to both die-hard murder mystery fans and to people who only ever read “funnybooks. Hell, I’d recommend it to anyone, but if Agatha Christie and the other Queens of Crime are your jam then this is sure to give you the warm fuzzies. But if it is your jam, don’t eat it. It might be poisoned.


Stevyn Colgan

Stevyn Colgan


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