Why did I love this book?
Stuart Turton's novel, published as The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle in the US, has a Groundhog Day setup but with head hopping, a crumbling English manor isolated on all sides by woods, and a murder at the end of the night. The pace is quick, the characters plenty sinister—including a mystery man with a medieval plague doctor's mask. The story starts with a map of the grounds and an invitation: “You are cordially invited to Blackheath House for The Masquerade,” your hosts the Hardcastle family. From there we’re off, with the narrative’s twists and turns requiring the reader’s full attention. An engrossing, ambitious whodunit.