Murder Isn’t Easy by Richard Hull

The NeO-aD advertising agency was the brainchild of Nicholas Latimer – unfortunately for him, to make the business work, he had to recruit two partners. And as the days pass, and his business plans continue to be undermined by Paul Spencer, Latimer becomes convinced that the firm would be much more successful – and his work so much easier – if Paul Spencer simply wasn’t part of the company. But as Spencer isn’t going to leave of his own accord any time soon, Latimer soon decides that he will need to take matters into his own hands.

But is murder really the answer? Latimer certainly thinks so. But the best laid plans often go astray. After all, despite what Dame Agatha might think… well, read the title.

Richard Hull was the author of fifteen works of crime fiction from 1934 to 1953, and is probably best known (if known at all) for his debut work The Murder Of My Aunt, recently re-issued by the British Library Crime Classics range – review coming soon, hopefully, along with Excellent Intentions. Ipso Books have also re-issued a Hull title, namely this one, and I thought I’d take a look at this one first – and it’s rather impressive.

It’s not a traditional murder mystery but… you know, this is a spoiler-free blog, so I can’t go into any of the specific reasons why I loved this one. It’s clever, unpredictable and entertaining. This is probably going to be one of my shortest reviews ever – just go and read it. Highly Recommended.


  1. Just finished this last night. An entertaining book for sure but I think I still prefer Aunt, which is funnier. I have kept the Dover copy of Keep It Quiet in my overnight bag for several years, lest I be caught bookless, but I might have to read it soon.


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