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This debut of a series is full of satire and humor, skewering the British class system in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.  The cast of suspects consists of snobby, pretentious, entitled characters.  The cast of investigators are cheeky, savvy, and real.  

While Detective Caius Beauchamp is out jogging he discovers the body of wealthy socialite Clemmie and is determined to solve her murder.  The case forces him to investigate a world of privilege and veiled darkness, where suspects include Clemmie's seemingly perfect friends.  With tentacles in the art world, the drug world, and the posh world, Detective Beauchamp has quite a mystery on his hands.

From the publisher:
Rupert's 30th birthday party is a black-tie dinner at the Kentish Town McDonald's—catered with cocaine and expensive champagne. The morning after, his girlfriend Clemmie is found murdered on Hampstead Heath, a single stiletto heel jutting from under a bush.

Who killed Clemmie? Was it the blithe, sociopathic boyfriend? His impossibly wealthy godmother? The gallery owner with whom Clemmie was having an affair? Or was it the result of something else entirely?

All the party-goers have alibis. Naturally. This investigation is going to be about aristocrats and Classics degrees, Instagram influencers and whose father knows who.

Or is it 'whom'? Detective Caius Beauchamp isn't sure. He's sharply dressed, smart, and thoroughly modern—he discovers Clemmie's body on his early morning jog. As he searches for the dark truth beneath the luxurious life of these London socialites, a wall of staggering wealth and privilege threatens to shut down his investigation before it's even begun. Can Caius peer through the tangled mess of connections in which the other half live—and die—before the case is wrenched from his hands? Bitingly funny, full of shocking twists, and all too familiar, The Other Half is a truly stunning debut.

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