Bauer’s judgment of tone is perfect throughout a captivating whodunnit that’s often hilarious — the chapter called Felix’s Confession is a miniature masterclass in writing farce — but is punctuated by reminders that death could always be just around the corner for its cast of codgers, cops and crooks. Beady-eyed yet tender, it resembles a collaboration between Agatha Christie and Muriel Spark.
When Felix Pink lets himself into a house to keep a dying man company in his last moments, little does he know that 15 minutes later he'll be runnnign from the police. An offbeat, comic crime with endearing characters, its the perfect summer caper.
The first since her brilliant Booker Prize-longlisted Snap which raised her to a new level sales-wise. This opens with 75-year-old Felix Pink letting himself into a stranger's house. He's part of a loose network called the Exiteers, and is about to provide an act of kindness and charity by keeping a dying man company as he takes his final breath. Except something goes very wrong and 15 minutes later Felix is on the run... Cleverly plotted, this is also touching and funny and it's not a million miles from Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie novels.