Seven friends throw a 1920s–themed party, where it's all pretend—until one of them is murdered. One of Us Is Lying meets Knives Out in this glamorous locked-room mystery.
"A can't miss for mystery fans." —Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces and The AgathasSomeone brought a knife to the party.
To celebrate the end of high school, Izzy Morales joins her ride-or-die Kassidy and five friends on a 1920s–themed getaway at the glamorous Ashwood Manor. There, Izzy and her friends party in vintage dresses and expensive diamonds—until Kassidy’s boyfriend turns up dead.Murdered,
investigators declare when they arrive at the scene, and now every party guest is a suspect. There’s the girlfriend, in love. The other girl, in despair. The old friend, forlorn. The new friend, distressed. The brooding enigma. And then, there’s Izzy—the girl who brought the knife.
To find the killer, everyone must undergo a grueling interrogation, all while locked in an estate where, suddenly, the greatest luxury is innocence.
September 5, 2023
12 and up
Grade 7 & Up
Lauren Muñoz is a writer, lawyer, and former teacher living in Southern California. She received her J.D. from Northwestern University in Chicago, where she frequently skipped class to commune with her sun lamp. When she's not reading, she can be found knitting, crocheting, and collecting recipes for things she'll never bake. Suddenly a Murder
is her debut novel.
PRAISE FOR SUDDENLY A MURDER
An Amazon Best Book of the Month
"A delicious, twisty, and clever
locked-room mystery with loads of glamour and danger that will keep readers rapt until the very end. A can't miss for mystery fans." —Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times
bestselling author of Girl in Pieces
and The Agathas
"Alongside the central mystery, the author successfully explores a host of serious issues, including substance abuse, risky sexual behavior, and the armor of socioeconomic privilege.... An un-put-down-able, bittersweet whodunit." —Kirkus Reviews
"In classic Clue fashion, debut author Muñoz delivers a nail-biting mystery
. . . . Muñoz’s attention to class dynamics and interpersonal loyalty anchors the happenings in cerebral themes. By skillfully molding tension via well-placed clues and gripping dialogue
, the creator believably cultivates shocking reveals and bittersweet resolutions
." —Publishers Weekly
"Agatha Christie meets Karen M. McManus
in this suspenseful mystery. . . . Muñoz captures the spirit of the classic mystery, deftly weaving the threads without missing a plot point. A strong debut from a promising new voice.