'A riveting, charming and very funny new crime series from the fabulously talented Ali Carter.'
– Piers Morgan
'A delicious new voice in crime writing... Excellent on the English aristocracy and written in a fine wry style.'
– Daily Mail
'An entertaining read, and one that had me up to the wee small hours.'
'Absorbing, charming and funny, A Brush With Death heralds a fresh and welcome new voice in crime writing. Susie Mahl is also a welcome new detective: witty, warm and very inquisitive.'
– Antonia Fraser
‘A Brush with Death is a perfectly English mystery, with an abundance of all the right jokes, details, and muddy dogs. Author Ali Carter’s first book is a lovely romp and shows promise for a wonderful tongue-in-cheek mystery series.’
– Foreword Reviews
'Brilliantly enjoyable; coolly observed.'
– The Tablet
‘Animal lovers, Anglophiles, and fans of humorous, socially observant whodunits will look forward to the next Susie Mahl mystery.’
– Publishers Weekly
‘Its rich details on the British leisure class may interest fans of Downton Abbey and G.M. Malliet's "Max Tudor" mysteries.’
– Library Journal
‘Fans of country-house cozies will delight in this series debut.’
'This is a crime novel for mystery fans sick of gore and sexual violence. Just curl up and lose yourself happily in this world of animals and toffs – closely observed by a beady-eyed artist turned amateur sleuth who realises all is not as innocent as it looks and is determined to do something about it.'
– Ruth Dudley Edwards, author of The Robert Amiss Mysteries
‘A Brush with Death is a charming and amusing murder mystery. It contains great character observations and is written with humour. She brings to life the world of the aristocracy and everything that goes with it. A pleasant change from the dark Norwegian Noir genre. It is definitely a book to take on holiday.’
– Country Wives
‘A Brush with Death is the first in a charming new series about pet portraitist and amateur sleuth Susie Mahl.’
– Crime Reads
‘Carter is a fresh and welcome new voice in crime writing and Susie Mahl a very different new detective.’
– Crime Review
'The first book in a promising new series will remind you of Downton Abbey and Miss Marple, except that this Miss M is a pet portraitist with a penchant for rather expensive underwear, and it's purely for her own pleasure.'