Bury the Lead
With Elizabeth Renzetti
A laugh-out~loud generational family comedy for those of us who have survived siblings, children, parents, and marriage
It isn’t easy being related to a feminist icon, especially when she’s celebrating the greatest moment of her storied career.
Just ask the daughters of Lydia Hennessey, who could have it all if only they’d stop self-destructing. Mariana, the eldest, is on the verge of throwing away a distinguished reputation in journalism, along with her marriage. Nina, the middle daughter, has returned from a medical mission overseas as a changed woman but won’t discuss it with anyone. And Beata, the youngest, has a hostile teenaged son who just discovered the existence of a father who didn’t know about him either. Meanwhile, their cousin Zoe is making divorce look like a death-match, while her brother Zack is grappling with the fallout from his popular television dramedy, based far too closely on Lydia herself.
It might be easier to find their paths if they could step out of Lydia’s shadow—but the biggest women’s march in history is underway, and Lydia and her family are at the centre of it.
Over the course of an eventful year, the Hennessey children contend with the big struggles of midlife: aging parents, raging teens, crumbling marriages and bodies, new loves and the choice between playing it safe or taking life-altering risks. And as they inch toward a new definition of happiness, they might even persuade their parents—and themselves—that they’re all grown up.
A smart, devious whodunnit filled with theatrical shadows and veils, Bury the Lead is both twisty and hilarious.
—Robyn Harding, bestselling author of The Drowning Woman
A classic, but also topical, whodunnit staged with humour and wit.
—Linwood Barclay, author of The Lie Maker
Giant egos, secret grievances, the locals vs. the artsy-farts: theatre towns were made for murder, and Bury the Lead was made for mystery lovers. Kate Hilton and Elizabeth Renzetti had a lot of fun with this, and so will you.
—Andrew Pyper, author of The Demonologist and Oracle
A propulsive, juicy little ride—the perfect combination of Agatha Christie and Janet Evanovich—a gorgeously written, twisty, turny, small-town whodunnit, that also seamlessly weaves together themes of a dying era of journalism, the ruthless nature of ‘theatah,’ and the strength of a woman trying to reinvent herself, heal her heart, and hopefully catch a killer before it’s too late. Kate Hilton and Elizabeth Renzetti have created a vivid, warm, hilarious character in Cat Conway, whose story surely doesn’t end here … I loved every page.
—Lisa Gabriele, author of The Winters