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May 29, 2024

The Last Murder at the End of the World by Stuart Turton ~ an Audiobook Review

by Donna Huber

The world has been consumed by a fog - all but a single island where life is idyllic. One hundred and twenty-two villagers and three scientists, living in peaceful harmony. The villagers are content to fish, farm and feast, to obey their nightly curfew, to do what they're told by the scientists. Until they wake up one day with their memories wiped and the death of their leader. The death sets off a chain of reactions and the fog that has ringed the island is now encroaching. The villagers must solve the murder in order to save their island.

Amazon affiliate links are used on this site. A free audiobook was provided for an honest review.

book cover of post-apocalyptic murder mystery novel The Last Murder at the End of the World by Stuart Turton
May 2024; Tantor Audio; 9798855506761
audio (11h 21m), ebook, print; post-apocalyptic mystery 

My mystery book club read The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle last year and I was interested in reading The Last Murder at the End of the World to see if I should suggest we read it. However, it would be better for my post-apocalyptic book club.

There were elements of the storytelling that echoed Evelyn Hardcastle. If you read that book, you might remember that the story takes place at Blackheath Manor. In this book, there is also a Blackheath. But that isn't the only similarity. Unlike Evelyn Hardcastle, though, there is not a time loop. The story is told in a linear fashion, but there is an all-knowing character that keeps the story moving forward.

I listened to the audiobook and James Cameron Stewart is the narrator. He also read the Evelyn Hardcastle book, which may have provided some of the similarity vibes. I like his readings. He is easy to listen to and does a good job with different character voices. The cast of The Last Murder is kind of large while I had trouble remembering who was who I did not have trouble distinguishing the different characters.

As is often the case with utopian societies, when you start to dig below the surface you realize it is more of a dystopian world. And the island society is no exception. The revelations of the island society were more interesting to me than figuring out the murder mystery, which is why I think my post-apocalyptic book will enjoy this book more than my mystery book club.

If you liked Turton's previous novels, then you will want to pick up this book.

Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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