Exit by Belinda Bauer

I bought Exit by Belinda Bauer a few months ago. I’d seen it on social media, but didn’t really know what it was about. It kept getting pushed to the bottom of my reading pile because I had books to read by favourite authors like Lisa Jewell, Richard Osman, Jane Harper and C J Sansom first.

As soon as I started reading Exit, I completely fell in love with it. It wasn’t what I was expecting at all. The title and the image on the cover screamed ‘thriller’ at me, but the inside was very much cosy crime. And I’m becoming a huge fan of cosy crime.

Widower, Felix Pink, goes to sit with terminally ill people so they aren’t alone when they die. He and the other ‘Exiteers’ know that what they do might be seen as wrong, so the work is kept very quiet. But then one day it all goes terribly wrong and 75-year-old Felix finds himself on the run from the law.

He wants to put everything right, but does that mean confessing all to the police? Or can he put things right in a different way?

Felix is a wonderful, quirky character who is forced way out of his comfort zone by the tragedy. Whether it’s climbing a tree, chatting to a neighbour or getting a stain out of his jacket, he’s suddenly having to deal with things he’s never had to deal with in his safe little world.

As the police investigate the mysterious death, Felix continues to sail under their radar, while he tries to make amends in his own way.

Exit reminds me a lot of The Thursday Murder Club and that is a very good thing. It has just the right level of humour and is full of the same little details about everyday life which are so important to older people. It even has its own ‘Chris and Donna’, in the form of PC Calvin Bridge, who never wanted to be a detective or deal with murders.

I’ve read a lot of books this year, but Exit is one of the most wonderful. I really can’t recommend it highly enough. I haven’t read any Belinda Bauer before, but I will definitely be checking out some of her other books now.

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. I really like the sound of this I may have to give it a go. I do like so many of your recommendations.

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    • Thank you! I think we have very similar taste in books. This really is a brilliant read.

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    • It really is absolutely brilliant. I think anyone who likes crime novels would enjoy it.

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