The Other Half is a deliciously entertaining mystery that channels the best of classic whodunnit ingenuity through a thoroughly modern cast of characters that readers are guaranteed to love and loathe. Detective Caius Beauchamp – a charming hero with an Empire-sized chip on his shoulder – is tasked with solving the murder of London socialite/social media influencer Clemency O’Hara. The investigation takes him deep into the underbelly of London’s millennial elite, with plenty of surprising twists and turns along the way.
What sort of man hosts a debauched, black-tie dinner party in McDonald’s for their thirtieth birthday? Rupert Beauchamp – member of the landed gentry, failed author, and cad. Who attends? Flicky-haired PR girls, prep-school chums turned insurance brokers, and waspish, bluestocking Nell, who has her own dark, tragic, secrets. Rupert’s girlfriend Clemmie fails to show up to the extravaganza and isn’t found until the following morning when DI Caius Beauchamp, on a post-break up health kick, spots a stiletto poking out from the scrub on his morning run. Caius initially suspects Rupert of the murder – partly because Rupert’s ancestors owned his ancestors – but as the case progresses Caius uncovers a world of upper-class organised crime. Meanwhile Nell finds herself caught in the middle as the conspiracy and danger grow.
Charlotte Vassell is half Jamaican and half British and grew up in the Midlands in a working-class family. She studied History at the University of Liverpool and completed a Masters in Art History at the School of Oriental and African Studies, before training as an actor at Drama Studio London. Other than treading the boards Charlotte has also worked in advertising, as a head-hunter, and as a purveyor of silk top hats. Charlotte watched an inordinate number of Agatha Christie dramas with her grandmother at a very young age.