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Subject: Crime & Thriller

A Brush with Death

A Susie Mahl Mystery

Ali Carter


‘A delicious new voice in crime writing… Excellent on the English aristocracy and written in a fine wry style.’ Daily Mail

‘Absorbing, charming and funny.’ Antonia Fraser

Agatha Christie meets Downton Abbey in this delightful new series introducing pet portraitist and amateur super-sleuth, Susie Mahl

In the village of Spire, murder is afoot. Rich landowner Alexander, 9th Earl of Greengrass is caught with his trousers down in the village graveyard before meeting a gruesome end.

Luckily Susie Mahl happens to be on hand. With her artist’s eye for detail and her curious nature she is soon on the scent of the murderer…

  • Publication date: June 7, 2018
  • ISBN: 9781786072764
  • RRP: £8.99
  • Pages: 320
  • Publication date: June 7, 2018
  • ISBN: 9781786072771
  • RRP: £1.99
  • Pages: 304


'A riveting, charming and very funny new crime series from the fabulously talented Ali Carter.'


Piers Morgan

'A delicious new voice in crime writing... Excellent on the English aristocracy and written in a fine wry style.'

Daily Mail

'An entertaining read, and one that had me up to the wee small hours.'


'Absorbing, charming and funny, A Brush With Death heralds a fresh and welcome new voice in crime writing. Susie Mahl is also a welcome new detective: witty, warm and very inquisitive.'

Antonia Fraser

‘A Brush with Death is a perfectly English mystery, with an abundance of all the right jokes, details, and muddy dogs. Author Ali Carter’s first book is a lovely romp and shows promise for a wonderful tongue-in-cheek mystery series.’

Foreword Reviews

'Brilliantly enjoyable; coolly observed.'

The Tablet

‘Animal lovers, Anglophiles, and fans of humorous, socially observant whodunits will look forward to the next Susie Mahl mystery.’

Publishers Weekly

‘Its rich details on the British leisure class may interest fans of Downton Abbey and G.M. Malliet's "Max Tudor" mysteries.’

Library Journal

‘Fans of country-house cozies will delight in this series debut.’


'This is a crime novel for mystery fans sick of gore and sexual violence. Just curl up and lose yourself happily in this world of animals and toffs – closely observed by a beady-eyed artist turned amateur sleuth who realises all is not as innocent as it looks and is determined to do something about it.'

Ruth Dudley Edwards, author of The Robert Amiss Mysteries

A Brush with Death is a charming and amusing murder mystery. It contains great character observations and is written with humour. She brings to life the world of the aristocracy and everything that goes with it. A pleasant change from the dark Norwegian Noir genre. It is definitely a book to take on holiday.’

Country Wives

‘Carter is a fresh and welcome new voice in crime writing and Susie Mahl a very different new detective.’

Crime Review

Ali Carter

Ali Carter was born in Scotland and read art history at St Andrews. In 2011, she had a catastrophic cycling accident, and after a long recovery decided to follow her passion and become an artist. This experience serves as the basis for her novels, A Brush with Death (2018) and The Colours of Murder (2019).

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