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The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels

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'Her best so far' - MARIAN KEYES
'The queen of tricksy crime' - SUNDAY TIMES
'Another resounding success' -

True-crime author Amanda Bailey knows all about the notorious Alperton Angels cult. There have been dozens of books and films about the Angels, ever since the night nearly two decades ago, when they attempted to sacrifice a baby they believed to be the Antichrist.

With all the cultists now dead - apart from their charismatic leader - it seems like there's nothing new to say about the Angels... until now. The Alperton baby has turned eighteen and can finally be interviewed, and if Amanda can track them down, it will be the scoop of the year. But rival author Oliver Menzies is just as smart, better connected, and is also on the baby's trail.

As Amanda and Oliver are forced to collaborate, they realise that what everyone thinks they know about the Angels is wrong. The truth is something much darker and stranger. And the devilish story of the Alperton Angels is far from over...

From the bestselling author of
The Appeal and The Twyford Code comes a stunning new mystery for fans of Richard Osman and S.J. Bennett, that shot straight into the Sunday Times bestseller list in January 2023. The devil is in the detail...

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"What a switchback ride it is! The big twist made me drop my book but there are so many smaller shocks along the way. I enjoyed it hugely!" - Hope Adams

"Fantastic. Keeps the 'found footage' narrative structure that Hallett does so well and injects some real darkness into it." - Tariq Ashkanani

"The queen of the narrative twist. She takes the conventions of the modern mystery novel and upends them as Christie did. And the themes of this book are haunting." - S J Bennett

"Is anyone telling stories quite like Janice Hallett? It feels interactive, with readers invited to solve the mystery alongside the brilliantly tenacious protagonist. Intricate, funny and a total page-turner." - Amanda Block

"Brilliantly clever, ingenious in structure and throughly compelling. Full of wonderful characters and extremely funny!" - Sarah Bonner

"Hallett continues to evolve the modern detective novel. Absolutely gripping." - Greg Buchanan

"Absolutely loved The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels. So gripping but also has real emotional heart. Bravo." - Alice Clark-Platts

"Janice at her absolute best - an intricate and surprising plot which keeps you turning the pages, interspersed with gentle but laugh out loud humour. I absolutely loved it - my favourite Janice Hallett book yet." - Catherine Cooper

"Constantly surprising, witty and fresh. I really enjoyed it!" - Emma Curtis

"It's so good. Gripping but my favourite thing is the humour - actual laugh out loud moments despite the shocking tale. Genius." - Heather Darwent

"Wickedly clever and immersive. I just can't get enough of Janice Hallett's writing." - Sophie Flynn

"Hooked me in completely... It's travelled with me to work, to the dentist's and even up a couple of mountains! A real treasure trove of a read." - J M Hall

"I absolutely loved it. A brilliantly crafted proper mystery, I couldn't put it down." - Lisa Hall

"Compulsive, dark, twisty and unputdownable. A work of true genius, masterfully plotted, funny and unique." - Sarah J Harris

"Hallett is a wording wizard. Her storytelling ability is enviable. Characters whom I loved very quickly and intrigue are the beating heart of this book." - J M Hewitt

"Janice Hallett has done it again. Engrossing from the very first page, it's deviously clever and as charming as it is chilling." - Tom Hindle

"It knocked me sideways. Just as brilliant as you would expect from Janice Hallett. Twisty as a labryinth and so gripping I cancelled plans to finish it." - Sophie Irwin

"What an absolute treat. Twisty and dark, packed full of angels and demons and monsters, with a thrilling mystery that keeps you guessing till the end." - Lynsey James

"I slowed down because I didn't want it to end. Heavenly and creepy combined with twisted genius. Outstanding." - Joy Kluver

"Hallett has done it again! Brilliant, clever, and will have you hooked and guessing throughout." - Charlotte Levin

"A masterclass. It's exactly what you've come to expect: compelling written and utterly addictive. It's funny, dark, and the puzzle comes together brilliantly at the end." - Chris McDonald

"I loved The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels. It's fresh, whip-smart, dark and intriguing with a brilliant, compelling heroine. Janice Hallett is surely the queen of the brain-twisting, just-one-more-page mystery novel." - Gilly MacMillan

"A unique and completely immersive novel about manipulation, and seeking the truth at all costs. An absolute triumph in storytelling." - L V Matthews

"It's not enough to say that this book is fascinating, gripping and clever. It's an astonishing piece of work. Janice Hallett is playing a different ball game to the rest of us." - Ian Moore

"Very clever, twisty, shocking, and yet another reinvention of the crime novel by Janice Hallett. Brilliant, unique and compelling!" - Guy Morpuss

"Another absolutely brilliant mystery by one of my favourite crime writers. Take the role of investigator and let yourself be immersed in this fantastic novel. Five stars!" - Louise Mullins

"Janice Hallett dials her brilliance up yet another notch, exploiting the compulsive readability and inherent slipperiness of her chosen form to dazzling effect." - Leonora Nattrass

"I was absolutely mesmerised by The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels - stupendously clever, but also brilliant fun, with characters that just jump off the page." - Frances Quinn

"I genuinely don't know how Janice Hallett does it. The detail, the plot twists, the humour, even in dark places - she creates a brilliant puzzle for the reader to solve. I loved it." - Victoria Scott

"Agatha Christie has found her heir. A genius premise. A perfect puzzle. Crime fiction fans will not want to miss this one!" - Victoria Selman

"Extremely clever, compelling and very chilling." - Jane Shemilt

"I absolutely loved it. It is the funniest, cleverest and most innovative novel I've read for years." - Sarah Stovell

"What a compelling, complex, utterly gripping read. Hallett's cast of characters - both major and minor - are fully formed and so integral to the unfolding plot." - Sue Teddern

"Smart, witty and menacing - everything you want from a mystery. Utterly brilliant!" - Marion Todd

"Janice Hallett is a murder mystery mastermind. A new Agatha Christie for the modern age. This book is sure to grow her already considerable cult following." - A J West

"Sinister and utterly compelling." - Andrew Wilson

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