The reason I loved this is, I think, the same reason I love the shows Death In Paradise and Poirot. Bear with me.
The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle is the ultimate locked room mystery. The author credits reading Agatha Christie as a child with inspiring a desire to write this type of novel.
I think it’s safe to say that with the time travel, an entire locked stately home and grounds, and an incredibly complex plot which moves at breakneck speed (or maybe I just had to read it that fast) that good old Aggie would be pretty impressed with this.
I don’t want to give too many spoilers, as the ‘what on earth is happening?!’ sensation, particularly at the beginning, was something I really enjoyed. Suffice it to say the characters were very well crafted, and there was a good amount of suspense, spookiness and mystery.
I tried to imagine even beginning to plot this and started to get palpitations. A brilliant first read for 2019.