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WAKING UP DEAD BY NIGEL WILLIAMS: PART GHOST STORY, PART MYSTERY, AND SOME FLOURISHES OF MONTY PYTHON

On the morning of Jessica Pearmain’s ninety-ninth birthday, her eldest son—George, a retired bank manager aged sixty-five—wakes to some terrible news.

It appears that, at some point in the night, an intruder broke into his Putney home, where several generations of the Pearmain clan have gathered to celebrate their matriarch’s momentous milestone, and murdered the birthday girl.

George’s wife, Esmerelda, discovers her on the kitchen floor surrounded by blood and broken glass. The house promptly descends into outraged chaos. A chaos that only becomes more confused and strident when Esmerelda rushes upstairs to tell George…

Only to realize that his mother wasn’t the only to die that night. It seems that George, too, has shuffled off the mortal coil and joined the choir invisible.

Which comes as something of a shock to our narrator. (Read my full review at the link above!)