Peter Dickinson - published May 2013
May 2013 · trade paper · $16 · 9781618730404 | ebook · $9.95 · 9781618730411
“Death of a Unicorn has nothing to do with unicorns or fantasies. … This is a mystery by Peter Dickinson….
“The thing about Peter Dickinson is that his books, one from the other, are totally different. … And this is a novel, a mystery, where the mystery doesn’t really happen. The event that is mysterious, the death — if you will — doesn’t really happen until probably two-thirds of the way through the book. And it’s written from the point of view of a young upper-class … woman in England and her relationship with the [financier] of a magazine very much like the New Yorker. …
“I think that this is one of those books that I hope will … introduce people to Peter Dickinson and then they’ll go and pick up all the rest of his books. … But I have to stress these are not for people who want fast-moving thrillers. These are not mysteries in the style of American private-eye stories. These are really character studies and studies of society at a particular place in a particular time.”
—Nancy Pearl, NPR
For bestselling author Lady Margaret, the past is no longer a pleasant memory. Her first lover’s mysterious death and the seeming inevitability of her inheriting the family’s stately home are cast in new light by secrets unwillingly revisited in Dickinson’s wonderful novel of family and friends, work and duty, and above all, love.
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“Mr. Dickinson has a nice dry wit and a talent for deft characterization.”
—New York Times
“Everything here is exactly right.”
“Peter Dickinson is my own chosen demigod in the pantheon of crime fiction.”
—Laurie R. King
“The Tolkien of the crime novel.”—H.R.F.Keating
Death of a Unicorn is the first in a series of reprints of Peter Dickinson’s mysteries from Small Beer Press. This classic British mystery will win fans currently engrossed in Downton Abbey.
Audio rights sold to Audible.
“When the youngest member of the five-strong editorial staff of Punch (founded 1843) turned 40 the editor, Kenneth Bird (the cartoonist Fougasse) had written to a don he knew at Cambridge to ask him to find someone younger to train up. On his way to the interview for the job Peter was knocked down by a tram and arrived covered with blood and dirt, but they gave him the job because he was the only candidate. A lot of his novel Death of a Unicorn is based on the seventeen years he spent there.”
Peter Dickinson OBE has twice received the Crime Writers’ Association’s Gold Dagger as well as the Guardian Award and Whitbread Prize. His latest book is Earth and Air: Tales of Elemental Spirits (Big Mouth House). He lives in England and is married to the novelist Robin McKinley.
Praise for Peter Dickinson:
“He is the true original, a superb writer who revitalises the traditions of the mystery genre . . . incapable of writing a trite or inelegant sentence . . . a master.”
—P. D. James
“He sets new standards in the mystery field that will be hard to live up to.”
“He has an eye and a mind and a voice like no other.”
—Donald E. Westlake
“A fresh triumph . . . a simultaneous insight into kids and their minders, and emerging nations, and the concept of freedom – all done with consummate story-telling skill.”
“Read this book carefully. It’s a jewel.”
—The New York Times Review
“Brilliantly imaginative first detective story . . .wonderfully convincing.”
“Mr Dickinson is the most original crime novelist to appear for a long, long time.”
“Brilliantly original, as always.”
—Times Literary Supplement
“Wry, witty, irresistible.”
—The Financial Times
“A literary magician controlling an apparently inexhaustible supply of effects . . . Craftsmanship such as this makes for compulsive reading.”
“Dickinson tops all his prizewinners with this stunning psychological thriller.”
Peter Dickinson: Peter Dickinson OBE has twice received the Crime Writers’ Association’s Gold Dagger as well as the Guardian Award and Whitbread Prize. His latest book is Earth and Air: Tales of Elemental Spirits (Big Mouth House). He lives in England and is married to the novelist Robin McKinley.