Review: Exit by Belinda Bauer

Title: Exit

Author: Belinda Bauer

Published: 2nd February 2021, Atlantic Monthly Press

Status: Read February 2021 courtesy Atlantic/Netgalley

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My Thoughts:

Belinda Bauer’s Exit is a delightful, offbeat murder mystery novel.

“Felix Pink found the predictability comforting – even if the predictable outcome was death.”

Seventy-five year old Felix Pink is an ‘Exiteer’, a volunteer with a secret group that aids, but does not assist, terminally ill people to end their own lives. A minor breach in protocol by Felix’s new partner, Amanda, seems innocent enough until they discover that they have in fact witnessed the death of the wrong man.

What follows veers between tragedy and comedy as Felix tries to understand how such a mistake could have been made. It soon becomes clear that the Exiteer’s were set up, but by who, and why? The answer is far more complicated than one might expect, and I’m loathe to spoil the smart twists of the plot that implicates more than one person.

Felix is a charming protagonist, he lives with his dog Mabel, enjoys puzzles, and considers himself boring but steadfast. The loss of both his wife and son is his motivation for joining the Exiteers and he believes he is doing important work. When he realises a mistake has been made he is horrified, eager to protect his partner, the group, and make to amends.

There are several other characters of importance to the story including the Exiteer’s group leader, Geoffrey, Amanda, the family of the dead man, and the investigating officers, DCI Kirsty King and DC Calvin Bridge who astute readers may recognise from Bauer’s previous works.

This is a well crafted tale with a unique hook. Witty, clever and engaging, I really enjoyed Exit.

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Linda Moore
    Feb 05, 2021 @ 02:48:23

    Very nice review. This book sounds good.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Feb 05, 2021 @ 07:52:49

    Wonderful review! This one does sound as though it is not typical which is often more interesting.

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  4. BookerTalk
    Feb 08, 2021 @ 05:59:50

    I hadn’t realised that some of her characters appear in more than one book

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  5. Helen Murdoch
    Feb 08, 2021 @ 06:58:51

    I like the sounds of this one since it combines mystery and humor, a combination not often found in literature.

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  6. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Feb 09, 2021 @ 01:50:02

    Now you have definitely grabbed me with this one! Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

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