Let's Kill Uncle: A Novel

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Bloomsbury USA, Mar 8, 2011 - Fiction - 288 pages
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When recently orphaned Barnaby Gaunt is sent to stay with his uncle on a beautiful remote island off the coast of Canada, he is all set to have the perfect summer holiday. Except there is one small problem: His uncle is trying to kill him.
Heir to a ten-million-dollar fortune, Barnaby tries to tell everyone and anyone that his uncle is after his inheritance, but no one will believe him. That is, until he tells the only other child on the island, Chrissie, who concludes that there is only one way for Barnaby to stop his demonic uncle: He will just have to kill him first. With the unexpected help of One-Ear, the aged cougar who has tormented the island for years, Chrissie and Barnaby hatch a foolproof plan.
Playful, dark, and witty, Let's Kill Uncle is a surprising tale of two ordinary children who conspire to execute an extraordinary murder-and get away with it.
Praise for Let's Kill Uncle:
"Playfully sinister."-Washington Post
"A dark, whimsical, startling book, far ahead of its time."-Donna Tartt

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User Review  - diovival - LibraryThing

"The children loved the little church; it was such a pleasant, peaceful spot in which to plan a murder." In this delightfully dark little tale two 10 year olds, Barnaby and Christie, are spending ... Read full review

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User Review  - enemyanniemae - LibraryThing

Another very enjoyable read. I imagine that Lemony Snicket read this before deciding to embark on the Series of Unfortunate Events. I understand that there is a film version of this book- I believe I will have to find it. Recommended. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Rohan O'Grady is the pseudonym for June Margaret O'Grady who was born in Vancouver in 1922. O'Grady began writing poetry and stories as a young child and ventured into full length fiction in her late thirties after her marriage to newspaper editor Frederick Skinner. By 1963, O'Grady had published three novels in three years, O'Houlihan's Jest in 1961, Pippin's Journal in 1962, and Let's Kill Uncle in 1963. The latter two books were illustrated by Edward Gorey. In 1966, William Castle directed the Hollywood horror movie Let's Kill Uncle starring Nigel Green and Mary Badham (the young star of To Kill a Mockingbird). Several unproduced screenplays and two novels followed: Bleak November in 1970 and The Mayspoon in 1981. June Skinner has resided in West Vancouver since 1959.

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