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The Twyford Code

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'The queen of tricksy crime. Every page is a joy' - SUNDAY TIMES
'Even better than The Appeal' - GUARDIAN
'Brilliant - a mind-bending, heartwarming mystery not to be missed' - OBSERVER
'Wonderful. An ingenious and wholly satisfying final reveal' - BRIAN MCGILLOWAY
'It totally foxed me. So clever and totally brilliant' - LISA HALL

It's time to solve the murder of the century...

Forty years ago, Steven Smith found a copy of a famous children's book by disgraced author Edith Twyford, its margins full of strange markings and annotations. Wanting to know more, he took it to his English teacher Miss Iles, not realising the chain of events that he was setting in motion. Miss Iles became convinced that the book was the key to solving a puzzle, and that a message in secret code ran through all Twyford's novels. Then Miss Iles disappeared on a class field trip, and Steven has no memory of what happened to her.

Now, out of prison after a long stretch, Steven decides to investigate the mystery that has haunted him for decades. Was Miss Iles murdered? Was she deluded? Or was she right about the code? And is it still in use today?

Desperate to recover his memories and find out what really happened to Miss Iles, Steven revisits the people and places of his childhood. But it soon becomes clear that Edith Twyford wasn't just a writer of forgotten children's stories. The Twyford Code has great power, and he isn't the only one trying to solve it...

Perfect for fans of Richard Osman, Alex Pavesi and S.J. Bennett, The Twyford Code will keep you up puzzling late into the night.

About the author

Janice Hallett studied English at UCL, and spent several years as a magazine editor, winning two awards for journalism. After gaining an MA in Screenwriting at Royal Holloway, she co-wrote the feature film Retreat. Her debut novel, The Appeal, was a Sunday Times bestseller, a Waterstones Thriller of the Month and Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month, and her second, The Twyford Code, spent over a month in the hardback top ten. When not indulging her passion for global adventure travel, she is based in West London.


The dazzling new novel from the bestselling author of The Appeal.


The dazzling new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Appeal


Hallett has aced it... Every page is a joy, with laugh-out-loud moments even as the plot becomes more outlandish, and the startling final reveal crowns Hallett as the queen of unreliable narrators Sunday Times

Product details

Authors Janice Hallett
Publisher Profile Books
Languages English
Product format Paperback / Softback
Released 13.01.2022
EAN 9781788165327
ISBN 978-1-78816-532-7
No. of pages 368
Dimensions 152 mm x 232 mm x 34 mm
Subjects Fiction > Suspense

FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth, FICTION / Thrillers / Crime, FICTION / Epistolary, FICTION / Small Town & Rural, FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / Crafts, Thriller / suspense, Crime and mystery: private investigator / amateur detectives, Crime and mystery: cosy mystery, Comic (humorous) crime and mystery

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