“How To Solve Your Own Murder” by Kristen Perrin

Lori Johnston
3 min readJun 16, 2024

A book review

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“If TV has taught us anything, it’s that the murder rate in small villages is disproportionately high.” — From How To Solve Your Own Murder by Kristen Perrin

We are midway through 2024 and I can already tell you that this book, How To Solve Your Own Murder, is not only going to be one of my best reads of 2024 but in the top 5. Yes, friends, it’s that good.

This story starts out in 1965 with three teenage girls visiting a fortune teller’s tent at a fair and one of them, Frances Adams, taking the psychic’s warnings of Frances’s impending murder, to heart — so much so that she spends the rest of her life not only doing her best to ward off what she considers her fate but to solve her future murder.

Flash forward to present day as Frances’s great-niece Annie is summoned to the small English village of Castle Knoll, being told that Frances is changing her will and leaving everything to Annie — someone she has never met. Naturally, there is a kink in the works as Annie discovers Frances dead and she is up against the clock to solve her great-aunt’s murder as Frances has given her beneficiary a week in which to do so or her estate will pass elsewhere.

How To Solve Your Own Murder is told both from Annie’s present-day viewpoint and in the past, from…



Lori Johnston

Writer, reader, margarita drinker. Currently looking for a “dare to be great” situation.