Death of a Bookseller


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$26.95  $25.06
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6.37 X 9.27 X 1.31 inches | 1.58 pounds
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About the Author

Alice Slater is a writer, editor, podcaster, and former bookseller based in London. She cohosts the What Page Are You On? podcast with Bethany Rutter. Death of a Bookseller is her first novel.


A dark masterpiece of grief and obsession. It will work its way under your skin like a splinter and stay there.--Catriona Ward
Tense, addictive, and sticky underfoot.--Julia Armfield
Utterly engrossing, atmospheric, and deliciously dark. Hugely compelling.--Will Dean
Fresh and sharp, expertly plotted and also emotionally charged, comic but also pitch-black dark. . . . Utterly unforgettable.--Catherine Ryan Howard
Written with dark wit and verve, this mischievous novel is clever, entertaining, and unsettling, with a gasp-inducing climax that beautifully (and wickedly) intertwines the two unforgettable anti-heroines. Each sentence is a dagger, sharpened to perfection; Slater's deliciously morbid debut will haunt you.--Caitlin Barasch, author of A Novel Obsession
Alice Slater triumphs in Death of a Bookseller, the story of two frenemies who share an antagonistic obsession with true crime. I love a book that features messy women making very bad choices, and this novel delivers the delicious juice in a surprising, twisty narrative that has you guessing until its unpredictable end.--Chelsea G. Summers, author of A Certain Hunger
Slater delivers a twisty exploration of society's fascination with the macabre.-- "Publishers Weekly" (1/10/2023 12:00:00 AM)
Very dark, character-driven, slow-burn suspense ... Slater explores the ethics surrounding our obsession with true crime and questions how we should handle other people's stories. This highly original, whip-smart first novel will have crime lovers second-guessing their next read.-- "Booklist" (4/1/2023 12:00:00 AM)
Fresh, excellent, quotable, entertaining.--Caroline Kepnes
Fresh, funny, chilling and disturbing. The story crackles with killer prose and the characters slay you with their read-through-your-fingers desire and desperation. Searingly good.--Chris Whitaker, award-winning author of We Begin At The End
You can't help but race through the pages. This will have huge commercial appeal.-- "Glamour"
A spectacularly creepy debut ... Both bookselling and society's true crime are filleted mercilessly in a tense and disturbing read.-- "Guardian"
The really terrific thing about the book is how the writer conjures that slightly mysterious quality that people working in bookshops always have.-- "Daily Mail"