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The Last Party

(The first book in the DC Morgan series)
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"Wicked fun, devilishly clever, with echoes of Agatha Christie." —Patricia Cornwell, #1 New York Times bestselling author

At midnight, one of them is dead. By morning, all of them are suspects.

It's the party to end all parties....but not everyone is here to celebrate.

On New Year's Eve, Rhys Lloyd has a house full of guests. His vacation homes on Mirror Lake are a success, and he's generously invited the village to drink champagne with their wealthy new neighbors.

But by midnight, Rhys will be floating dead in the freezing waters of the lake.

On New Year's Day, Ffion Morgan has a village full of suspects. The tiny community is her home, so the suspects are her neighbors, friends and family—and Ffion has her own secrets to protect.

With a lie uncovered at every turn, soon the question isn't who wanted Rhys dead...but who finally killed him.

In a village with this many secrets, murder is just the beginning.

"Brilliant, so atmospheric....I fell in love with the courageous, complicated detective Ffion Morgan and I think readers will too." —Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author of The It Girl

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Whipsmart dialogue, droll observation, great characters and some very nasty business make this another standout for Mackintosh." - Linwood Barclay

"Detectives Leo and Ffion make a storming debut in this twisty, cleverly-layered tale of worlds colliding." - Belinda Bauer

"Absolutely gripping. A wonderful sense of place, great cast of characters and a policewoman I'm looking forward to reading about again." - Fanny Blake

"Expertly plotted and relentlessly gripping, The Last Party is a perfectly executed murder mystery. The whip-sharp and deeply likeable Ffion leads the investigation, introducing us to a cast of brilliantly realised suspects. I loved every page." - Lucy Clarke

"The writing is superb. Wicked fun, devilishly clever,with echoes of Agatha Christie. This is a party you won't want to miss." - Patricia Cornwell

"Clare Mackintosh is a genius." - Fiona Cummins

"I loved everything about The Last Party. Taut, pacey and so atmospheric with brilliantly-executed twists and wonderfully-written characters. DC Ffion Morgan is my new favourite detective and I'm so excited to read more. An absolute triumph." - Claire Douglas

"Her best yet. A picturesque setting, wonderful cast and a pair of detectives you'll love. Plus I guarantee you'll never guess whodunnit." - Mark Edwards

"Terrific. The Last Party has twists that blindside you all the way." - Mari Hannah

"Clare Mackintosh is just getting better and better with every book. This is a wonderfully assured and gripping read." - Peter James

"I absolutely inhaled this insanely gripping and atmospheric thriller. DC Ffion Morgan and her English counterpart Leo Brady are up there with the greats." - Erin Kelly

"The Last Party has everything - a great story, evocative setting, brilliant characters and shocking twists." - Claire McGowan

"A superbly entertaining murder mystery full of emotion and humour. I loved it!" - Allie Reynolds

"Superb. A compelling murder mystery told with warmth, humour and enough red herrings to keep even the most seasoned crime reader guessing." - C L Taylor

"Brilliant, so atmospheric. I fell in love with courageous, complicated DC Ffion Morgan and I think readers will too." - Ruth Ware

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