Nigel Williams is the author of over sixteen novels, including the bestselling The Wimbledon Poisoner and its sequels. His latest novel is the tale of a ghost who hangs around, trying to unravel the suspicious circumstances of his death…. and in the process, learns a few surprising secrets about his family. The Saturday Times says ““This has the best opening chapter of the year, if not the decade…. This black comedy is Williams’s best since The Wimbledon Poisoner.” And Country Life magazines calls it “A very funny work… Under this master of suburban comedy we have a breathtakingly hilarious hybrid of Blithe Spirit, Noises Off and Miss Marple… will have you falling off your deckchair with mirth.”
Retired bank manager George Pearmain is, apparently, dead. According to the behavior of everyone around him, it would seem that he is no more. Not only that, but his mother has also passed away too — and on the eve of her 99th year, poor dear. Not only that, it could be that they were both murdered.
He feels fine otherwise.
As George’s family gather for the birthday-celebration-that-never-was, he hovers around the house, watching and listening, entirely unseen. As a result, he makes all sorts of discoveries about himself, his wife Esmeralda, and his supposedly happy family…
One of internationally bestselling author Nigel Williams’ best books to date, Waking Up Dead is both a screamingly funny cozy mystery and startlingly strange ghost story asking the question: What would you do if you could bear witness to your own demise?
Waking Up Dead will be published by Thomas Dunne Books on August 23, 2016. It is 332 pages, priced at $26.99 in hardcover, and $12.99 for the digital edition. The cover was designed by David Baldensingh Rotstein.