Guilty by Definition

The debut linguistic mystery novel from Countdown's resident lexicographer

You must sign in to see if this title is available for request. Sign In or Register Now
Send NetGalley books directly to your Kindle or Kindle app

1
To read on a Kindle or Kindle app, please add kindle@netgalley.com as an approved email address to receive files in your Amazon account. Click here for step-by-step instructions.
2
Also find your Kindle email address within your Amazon account, and enter it here.
Pub Date 15 Aug 2024 | Archive Date 16 Aug 2024

Talking about this book? Use #GuiltybyDefinition #NetGalley. More hashtag tips!


Description

'Kept me reading eagerly' - Philip Pullman

'Guilty by Definition is positively aglitter with etymological and detecting treasures for word-sleuths and crime-fans alike.' - Janice Hallett

When an anonymous letter is delivered to the Clarendon English Dictionary, it is rapidly clear that this is not the usual lexicographical enquiry. Instead, the letter hints at secrets and lies linked to a particular year.

For Martha Thornhill, the new senior editor, the date can mean only one thing: the summer her brilliant older sister Charlie went missing. After a decade abroad, Martha has returned home to the city whose ancient institutions have long defined her family. Have the ghosts she left behind her been waiting for her return?


When more letters arrive, and Martha and her team pull apart the complex clues within them, the mystery becomes ever more insistent and troubling. It seems Charlie had been keeping a powerful secret, and someone is trying to lead the lexicographers towards the truth. But other forces are no less desperate to keep it well and truly buried.

'Kept me reading eagerly' - Philip Pullman

'Guilty by Definition is positively aglitter with etymological and detecting treasures for word-sleuths and crime-fans alike.' - Janice Hallett

When an...


Available Editions

EDITION Other Format
ISBN 9781804183946
PRICE £16.99 (GBP)
PAGES 400

Available on NetGalley

NetGalley Shelf App (PDF)
Send to Kindle (PDF)
Download (PDF)

Average rating from 123 members


Readers who liked this book also liked: