The Diabolical Club

‘Divine black village comedy.’ – Stephen Fry

The little village of Nasely exists in cosy normality. But strange things are going on in nearby Black Dog Wood.

There are rumours that it’s become a popular dogging spot, and there have been alleged sightings of a mythical werewolf-like monster. And then someone discovers a blindfolded skeleton, bizarrely buried standing up...

When a local MP is accused of murder, he hires ex-homicide detective Frank Shunter to uncover who the real murderer is.

Stevyn Colgan promises to take us  to South Herewardshire for a comedy murder-mystery that skips merrily along the fine line between farce and tragedy.

About the author

Stevyn Colgan is an author, artist, former police officer and oddly spelled Cornishman. He is the author of eight books, a popular speaker and He has appeared on numerous podcasts and radio shows Freakonomics, Saturday Live, Do The Right Thing, Ex Libris, No Such Thing As A Fish. His first novel, A Murder to Die For, was shortlisted for the Penguin Books Dead Good Reader Awards and longlisted for the Guardian'€™s Not the Booker prize 2018.

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Why We Like It

  • 'Only the British can mix humour and homicide so charmingly. The perfect tonic if you need a pick-me-up. Just add gin.' – Sandi Toksvig
  • ‘Stevyn Colgan bestrides the territory of English rural comedy, one foot on the throat of Joanna Trollope, the other knocking the bonnet of Miss Marple off her silver head. Divine black village comedy.’ – Stephen Fry
  • 'A challenging mystery'- Matt Lucas
  • 'My perfect book. Funny, complex, compelling, odd. The sort of book I love to read and wish I could write' - Alex Horne

Stevyn Colgan

Stevyn Colgan is an author, artist, former police officer and oddly spelled Cornishman. He is the author of eight books and a popular speaker at UK and international events such as TED, QEDcon, Nudgestock, the Ig Nobel Prizes, Latitude, the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts, the Edinburgh Fringe and many more. He has appeared on numerous podcasts and radio shows including Freakonomics, Saturday Live, Do The Right Thing, Ex Libris, No Such Thing As A Fish, Little Atoms and Josie Long’s Short Cuts.

For more than a decade he was one of the ‘elves’ that research and write the multi award-winning TV series QI and he was part of the writing team that won the Rose D’Or for BBC Radio 4’s The Museum of Curiosity. He now lives a feral existence foraging for food in woodlands around the Buckinghamshire/Oxfordshire border and wishing that he hadn’t eaten all those missing ramblers.

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The book will be delivered in 10 instalments (or staves), one every day. The instalments are delivered to your Pigeonhole bookshelf on your IOS or Android app, plus you can read on our web reader. You will receive an email letting you know when each stave is available.

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Links will be included at the end of the final stave which will allow you to leave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. The full book will be available on your Pigeonhole bookshelf for one month for you to read at your leisure. 

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