BOOK CLUB: An A-List for Death

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An A-List for Death by Pamela Hart is a fictional, suspenseful, murder mystery that is an entertaining

Poppy McGowan is a TV researcher for an ABC television children’s program. Through her job she
meets lots of interesting people.

Poppy is pondering her relationship status. Her boyfriend Tol, an archaeologist, is about to leave for
a dig in Jordan. She may not see him for years.

While her house is being renovated, which is taking longer than expected, she has been living with
her parents. Her Aunt Mary has recently had surgery and her mother volunteers Poppy to move in
and care for her as she recovers. Poppy can’t refuse.

Aunt Mary lives in an exclusive retirement complex.

Daisy Montgomery is Mary’s oldest and best friend, they are also neighbours. They lived quite an
exciting life in London in their younger years, as Poppy now discovers.

When Daisy doesn’t visit when expected, Mary sends Poppy with the spare key to check on her.
Poppy finds daisy unconscious and bleeding in her bathroom.

The police dismiss this as an accident, but as more events follow, Poppy and Mary believe Daisy was

To complicate events even further, Daisy’s son is Nathan Castle a famous rock god.

Throw in a murder, family secrets, poisoning, bribery, and blackmail, plus Tol is now a suspect.
Naturally Poppy investigates. She can’t leave this to the police!

Poppy is a vibrant, intelligent, fun character who narrates the story with humour. Aunt Mary and Daisy
are wonderful characters too.

It is a great read with so many suspects and possibilities that keep you guessing to the end.

The book is written in a way that is easy to read. It’s entertaining and you relate to all the characters.

This is the second Poppy McGowan mystery story. This book stands alone. The first is Digging Up
Dirt which I definitely plan to read.

I am now a fan of Poppy McGowan and I look forward to her next adventure.

Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins for the opportunity to read this fun book.

ISBN: 9781867201908
Copy courtesy of Harper Collins

A selection of our Beauty and Lace Club Members are reading An A-List for Death by Pamela Hart. You can read their comments below, or add your own review.

8 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: An A-List for Death

  1. Such a wonderful book!!
    I couldn’t put it down the storyline kept you guessing the whole way through with a mix of love, murder and suspense.

    Thankyou for the opportunity to read this book I hope everyone else enjoys it as much as I did!

  2. If you’re a fan of Mary Higgins Clark and love Australian authors, then this is the book for you!
    Poppy McGowan makes a wonderful protagonist as a TV researcher who is dragged into a intriguing murder mystery when she finds her Aunt’s best friend lying unconscious in her home. What follows is a fun tale of twist, turns and family secrets. A definite must forva lazy Sunday afternoon with a glass of wine!

  3. Thank you Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to review An A-List for Death by Australian author Pamela Hart.
    The story revolves around Poppy McGowan who is a tv researcher. Poppy finds her photo has been on gossip sites because she has been photographed with rock musician Nathan Castle. She is not too happy with this.
    Poppy finds Nathan’s Mum Daisy, best friend of Poppy’s Aunt Mary bleeding and unconscious in her bathroom.Police believe it’s an accident but Poppy has other ideas. Who and why did someone attack Daisy.
    I really enjoyed this book, it was light and an easy read.

  4. Thank you, Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins, for my first dive into the quirky life, love and adventures of Poppy McGowan, whom I immediately fell in love with.

    I loved the inter-generational and caring aspect of the story and the connections between Poppy and her aunt Mary, and gorgeous Nathan and his feisty mum Daisy, and Mary and Daisy’s strong decades old friendship and their fun filled antics of yesteryear.

    With plenty of plot twists, murder and foul play, good cop / bad cop, rival gossip magazines, a couple of boxes of exclusive chocolate, and money hungry relatives thrown in the mix, I thoroughly enjoyed this book it was such a fun read for me.

  5. Thank you for this book reading opportunity.

    The book was easy to read and kept me entertained, the middle was a little slow, but I kept reading.

    I enjoyed the comments the main character makes, which did make me laugh and also made her more endearing. The storyline was good and fairly easy to keep on reading.

    It’s a good book to take on holiday or read when you want to relax and don’t want anything too serious.

  6. I really enjoyed Pamela Hart’s book “An A-List for Death” the second in her Poppy McGowan mystery series. I loved the characters especially Poppy who is witty and charming, she often had me chuckling at either what she was doing or saying. I had not read the first book but intend to go back and read it now that I have discovered this series – it can easily be read as a stand alone novel though.

    I would describe this book as a cozy mystery with Poppy as the resident amateur sleuth. The storyline moves along at a great pace and I found it easy to read and it had me guessing to the very end on who was behind it all. One of the quotes on the cover says “Witty and entertaining, a fabulous, distinctively Australian mystery” which was the reason I loved it – is was very Australian.

    I look forward to reading more of Poppy’s adventures. Thank you to Beauty and Lace, Pamela Hart and Harper Collins for the chance to read and review this book. I highly recommend it.

  7. ‘An A-List for death’ was a thoroughly entertaining, fast paced, clever book.

    It centres around ABC Kids TV researcher Poppy, who always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time (or is it the right time?).

    She keeps uncovering attempted murders and tries her best to be one step ahead of the the police, especially when her boyfriend Tol becomes a suspect.

    When one of the victims turns out to be the mother of a very famous rock star ‘Nathan Castle’ things get very interesting.

    I found the story to be very well written, with enough suspects and red herrings to keep you guessing.

    I’ll be keeping an eye out for more stories by Pamela Hart, this one was a winner!

  8. I really enjoyed the wit and humour in this book! It was Aussie through and through (without being too much for overseas people that may not “get” us). The characters were engaging and the storyline kept you guessing!
    I didn’t realise that this was the second book in a series, but that is great as it read well as a stand alone book, AND I now want to go back and read the first one as well as future stories!
    Congratulations Pamela Hart for a great read, and thank you for sharing it with Beauty and Lace readers!

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