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.
Her new novel is another fine work. As always, she combines a rare ability to write about ordinary people and their quotidian concerns with deliciously unlikely plots ... Where other crime novels centred on assisted dying have been manifestly pro or anti, Bauer is ambiguous about the rights and wrongs of playing God. If there is a marked lack of suspense compared with some of her other books, one doesn’t miss it: there is so much to mull and chuckle over. Few writers who convey so well the essential sadness of life do so with such warmth and wit.
Felix Pink is a courteous elderly widower who facilitates the suicides of the terminally ill. When an assignment goes awry, Felix, now a murder suspect, tries to find out whether he is at fault or whether something more sinister has been going on... this intriguing, tender, funny and sometimes (in the best possible way) farcical novel about life and death is a sheer delight.
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.