Synopses & Reviews
British author Williams (The Wimbledon Poisoner) takes a simple idea—what happens if you are still somehow present after you die?—and makes a meal of it in this droll tale. One morning 65 year old retired banker George Pearmain wakes up dead in his house in Putney. It happens to be the 99th birthday of his mother Jessica and a host of relatives and friends have already gathered at the house to celebrate. George's wife Esmeralda chides him for not getting out of bed then stomps out of his room. A short time later he hears Esmeralda screaming Jessica's name. Jessica is dead. Only later does Esmeralda realize that George is also dead. In his disembodied state George is able to take in the conversations among his relatives Jessica's caregiver and assorted hangers on. Most are concerned with Jessica's fortune; all George wants to know is who murdered him. Fans of understated British humor ("Maybe he was dead. If he was sex was liable to be out of the question for the foreseeable future") will be pleased. (Aug.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."