Everyone on This Train Is a Suspect: A Novel
A must-read for classic mystery lovers, where all the characters, suspects, and victims are mystery authors, agents, or publicists. Brilliantly written, funny, and quirky, it’s a book lover’s book you won’t want to miss.
From the bestselling author of Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone, a fiendishly fun locked room (train) murder mystery that "offers a tip of the hat to the great Agatha Christie novel while at the same time being a modern reinvention of it" (Nita Prose) -- perfect for fans of Richard Osman and Anthony Horowitz
When the Australian Mystery Writers’ Society invited me to their crime-writing festival aboard the Ghan, the famous train between Darwin and Adelaide, I was hoping for some inspiration for my second book. Fiction, this time: I needed a break from real people killing each other. Obviously, that didn’t pan out.
The program is a who’s who of crime writing royalty:
the debut writer (me!)
the forensic science writer
the blockbuster writer
the legal thriller writer
the literary writer
the psychological suspense writer
But when one of us is murdered, the remaining authors quickly turn into five detectives. Together, we should know how to solve a crime.
Of course, we should also know how to commit one.
How can you find a killer when all the suspects know how to get away with murder?
Praise for Everyone on This Train Is a Suspect: A Novel
"Sparkling with wit and witticisms about the world of writers and writing, Everyone on This Train Is a Suspect offers a tip of the hat to the great Agatha Christie novel while at the same time being a modern reinvention of it. Leave it to Stevenson to make high-jinx and murder deviously good fun." — Nita Prose, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Maid and The Mystery Guest
“Fun and diverting, with a plethora of red herrings.” — New York Times Book Review
"Another clever spoof of the mystery genre." — Washington Post
“Witty.. Readers should find the ride on the Ghan well worth the price of the ticket.” — Wall Street Journal
"Clever and twisty....an intoxicating murder mystery puzzle." — Seattle Times
"An outstanding and exceptional mystery from start to finish . . . everything fans would hope for. It’s a spectacular sequel, every twist and turn as fun and fiendish as the first novel." — Jane Harper
"Clever, satisfying, impossible to put down and gloriously inventive. It's fantastic. Books like this are why we love reading." — Stuart Turton, author of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
“A fresh take on the classic whodunnit. In developing Ernest Cunningham, Stevenson has brought a modern-day Poirot to the mystery scene, and his newest novel is not one to miss.” — CriminalElement.com
“Stevenson’s brilliant and creative second closed-circle mystery toys with golden age mystery tropes while delivering its own hugely satisfying whodunit… This is another triumph from a gifted genre specialist… deliciously clever.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Stevenson rivals his golden age models in his willingness to sprinkle every scene with clever clues, outdoes them in setting up a dazzling series of false conclusions, and leaves them in the dust for modern-day fans with an appetite for self-reflexiveness.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Perfectly structured and suspenseful...Readers who wondered whether Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone was lightning in a bottle, whether the author could recreate that feeling of freshness, now have their answer, and it’s a resounding Yes.”
“A delightful locked-room mystery that is rife with references to classic detective fiction. What sets this novel apart, though, is Ernest’s unique voice and humor … a meticulously plotted and enjoyable mystery that lives up to the high standards set by Stevenson’s first mystery.”
“This is just as cleverly written as the previous book, with wit, laugh out loud moments and humorous asides and observations on the nature of writers and festivals. … If you enjoy meta fiction and Stevenson’s previous novel featuring Ernest, then you will surely enjoy going along on this wild and deadly train trip with him.” — Mystery & Suspense Magazine
“A witty twist on classic whodunits… Stevenson not only ‘plays fair,’ he plays the mystery game very, very well.” — Washington Post on Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone
"An ingenious and hilarious meta-murder mystery." — Sunday Times (London), best crime of the year on Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone
“I absolutely loved it. Utterly original, hugely entertaining, and a must-read for every fan of the mystery genre. What an exceptionally fresh, smart, funny book—I’ve never read anything like this before.” — Jane Harper on Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone
“Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone is a jaunty and clever mystery with unexpected twists. Absolutely not to be missed.” — Karin Slaughter