The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

The Book Pick for August was brought to Dine & Opine by member Hetal.

Book Synopsis:

The Rules of Blackheath
Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11:00 p.m. 
There are eight days, and eight witnesses for you to inhabit. 
We will only let you escape once you tell us the name of the killer. 
Understood? Then let’s begin…

Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others.

For fans of Claire North and Kate Atkinson, The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a breathlessly addictive novel that follows one man’s race against time to find a killer― but an astonishing time-turning twist means that nothing and no one are quite what they seem.

Book Discussion:

This time around a fellow Dine & Opine lady decided to write up a quick summary of our evening. I will first share what Suhanti wrote and then will dive into the conversation that took place during the discussion. Setting up the background- We met at the Manchester which has a speakeasy… complete with a hidden door and a needed password. Very Mysterious and in line with the “Mystery” portion of the book.

From Suhanti “

All of us met in the parking lot and went in together.  Karie was the only one who remembered the password  for us to enter the speakeasy.  What looked like a wall had the hidden door which led to an unlit flight of steps down to the speakeasy area.  Most of us were clutching the bannister while cautiously making our way down which brought us to a poorly lit area with couches and stools.  The alternative was to sit in a row on high chairs around the bar. Despite the unconventional seating situation, the cocktails and appetizers, of which we made a meal of, were a big hit.  From the traditional spinach and artichoke dip with fried pita bread to shrimp tempura on a bed of hummus, roasted Brussels sprouts, fried pickles and lobster Mac and cheese it was all gone.  A good thing the server clarified if we wanted 5 orders of shrimp tempura.  Not sure where he heard 5 orders.  The deviled eggs which were ordered never made it to the table nor did the chocolate torte dome. Ambience was good till a bus load of people landed there and the bad service deteriorated to nonexistent.  Had to literally stand over the computer to get our bills printed.  We had to stop to take pictures by the wall with the invisible door on our way out.  As we had not indulged our sweet tooth, we decided to go to Amelie’s French bakery in NODA.  After gathering all our desserts we ended up in a table we had to share with a couple.  They managed to continue on without being spooked by us.  The desserts were chocolate petit gateau, creme brûlée, salted caramel brownie, salted caramels brownie cake, mini pecan and berry tarts.  Shoba ordered “xxxx” coffee (name slips me) which to all our outrage was in a paper cup the size of a shot glass.  It also tasted burnt.  
Now coming to the book, it received a thumbs up from those who read the book, and discussion was lively that it intrigued Anishaa enough that she said that she will read the book.  Karie took notes which she will share with us.  Book picks were handed out and the winner was “the Alice network.  It was a tie between that and “the girl who escaped ISIS”.  I am beginning to nod off.  So hitting the “send”.


The Glove- A turning point for many as to when they were finally “into” the book. It was discussed that the note was a turning point to when the story captivated many of us.. however the overall use of that captivation fell short as there was really no mention afterwards.

It was a stupid book. I couldn’t put it down.

The concept is good.

all thumbs up with not person going to finish and a guest said she was intrigued to read the book.