The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

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US 2018 cover

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (published in United States as The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle) is a novel by Stuart Turton which won the Best First Novel prize in the 2018 Costa Book Awards.[1][2][3]

It was published in the UK by Raven Books on 8 February 2018 (ISBN 978-1408889565) and in the US by Sourcebooks Landmark on 28 September 2018 (ISBN 978-1492657965) It has been translated into 28 languages, sold over 200,000 copies in the UK,[citation needed] and television rights have been optioned.[4]

The Guardian's review said "With time loops, body swaps and a psychopathic footman, this is a dazzling take on the murder mystery",[2] while The Times said "The plot of this complex, fascinating and bewildering murder-mystery is impossible to summarise" and called it "an astonishingly polished debut".[3]


The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle won the Best First Novel prize in the 2018 Costa Book Awards[5] and Best Novel in the 2018 Books Are My Bag Readers[6]' Awards, as voted for by booksellers. In the same year, it was shortlisted for a New Writers' Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards[7], Debut of the Year at The British Book Awards[8], and longlisted for a New Blood Dagger and Gold Dagger at the CWA Awards[9]. Val McDermid selected Stuart Turton, author of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, to appear on her prestigious New Blood panel at the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival.[10] In 2019, it was shortlisted for Best Debut Novel at the Strand Magazine Critics Awards[11] and longlisted for The Glass Bell Award[12].


The following characters are referenced in the book, in order of appearance, without spoilers.

Major characters:

  • Sebastian Bell: medical doctor
  • Roger Collins: butler at Blackheath house
  • Daniel Coleridge: professional gambler
  • Ted Stanwin: blackmailer
  • Evelyn Hardcastle: sister to Thomas and Michael Hardcastle
  • Dr. Richard "Dickie" Acker: medical doctor
  • Donald Davies: brother to Grace Davies
  • Lord Cecil Ravencourt
  • Charles Cunningham: valet to Lord Ravencourt
  • Michael Hardcastle: brother to Evelyn and Thomas Hardcastle
  • Jonathan Derby: son to Millicent Derby
  • Edward Dance: lawyer
  • Jim Rashton: police officer (referred to as constable)
  • Gregory Gould: artist in residence

Minor characters:

  • Lucy Harper: first maid
  • Millicent Derby: mother of Jonathan Derby
  • Peter Hardcastle: Helena's husband
  • Christopher Pettigrew: lawyer
  • Phillip Sutcliffe: lawyer
  • Clifford Herrington: naval officer (retired)
  • Alf Miller: long-time stable master
  • Madeline Aubert: Evelyn Hardcastle's French maid
  • Mrs. Drudge: long-time cook at Blackheath house
  • Grace Davis: sister to Donald Davies
  • Thomas Hardcastle: brother to Evelyn and Michael Hardcastle
  • Helena Hardcastle: Peter's Hardcastle wife and mother of Evelyn, Thomas, and Michael Hardcastle
  • Charlie Carver


The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle reached number one on The Saturday Times Bestseller list and number five on The Sunday Times Bestseller list, earning extensive critical acclaim[13] from reviewers.

"Complex, fascinating and bewildering.... An astonishingly polished debut" –  Marcel Berlins, The Times[citation needed]

"This book blew my mind It is utterly original and unique. I couldn't get it out of my head for days afterwards" –  Sophie Hannah[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Costa Book Awards". Costa Book Awards. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b O'Grady, Carrie (3 March 2018). "The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton review – Quantum Leap meets Agatha Christie". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b Berlins, Marcel (17 February 2018). "Review: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton — Groundhog Day gets grisly". The Times. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  4. ^ Onwuemezi, Natasha (30 August 2017). "TV rights optioned for Turton's high concept murder mystery". Bookseller. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Costa Book Awards | Behind the beans | Costa Coffee". Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  6. ^ "Win £100/€120 of National Book Tokens by voting in the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards 2018". National Book Tokens. Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  7. ^ "Shortlists". National Book Awards. Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  8. ^ "2019 Fiction Debut Book of the Year | British Book Awards | The Bookseller". Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  9. ^ "The Crime Writers' Association". Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  10. ^ "New Blood". Harrogate International Festivals. Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  11. ^ "And the Nominees Are... The Nominees for the 2019 Strand Critics Awards | Strand Magazine". Strand Mag. 2019-05-13. Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  12. ^ Books, Goldsboro (2019-07-23). "The Home of Signed First Editions". Goldsboro Books. Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  13. ^ "The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle". Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved 2019-08-26.