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invitationTwenty-six-year-old Emily Castles teams up with eccentric philosophy professor Dr. Muriel to investigate a murder at a romance writers’ conference in London in this entertaining British mystery. Invitation to Die is the first full-length novel in Helen Smith’s Emily Castles mystery series.

“Invitation to Die is a quintessentially English murder mystery featuring an astutely drawn mix of larger-than-life characters… The book is very funny indeed… There seems to be a winning line on every page.”  -The

INVITATION TO DIE is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Audible.


“An intelligent, likeable contemporary heroine and a clever plotline… Like a modern day Agatha Christie.”  -Just a Normal Girl in London

“Quirky, whimsical, smart, and engaging… I flat-out loved it. A must-read for romance readers.” -Connie Brockway, bestselling romance author and two-time RITA award winner

“I love Helen smith’s writing. Her brand of mystery, shot through with clever observational humour and the sharpest of wit, is something that’s been missing from the genre for far too long.” Alex Marwood, bestselling author of ITW award-nominated The Wicked Girls

“Entertaining, gripping and fast paced with laugh-out loud moments.” -Bookfabulous

“This book is full of great lines. I was giggling through the book.” -Wall-to-Wall Books


Helen Smith is a novelist and playwright who lives in London. She is the author of Alison Wonderland, Being Light and The Miracle Inspector as well as the Emily Castles mystery series.