Hello and welcome to the “Booklicious podcast”. I’m your host, Shashi Shekhar, and today we’re discussing “Murder Your Employer: The McMasters Guide to Homicide,” written by Rupert Holmes.

Rupert Holmes, the author of “Murder Your Employer,” is a talented playwright, composer, and singer-songwriter, known for his 1979 hit song “Escape (The Piña Colada Song).” His latest book is a clever and entertaining satire that will have you on the edge of your seat.

The story takes place at McMasters Conservatory for the Applied Arts, a finishing school that teaches the art of assassination. The school’s dean, Harbinger Harrow, offers the case studies of three students to educate at-home students by example.

The book’s first half is a slow-burn with a focus on campus life in an idyllic setting of unknown location. The school’s location is so secret that students arrive blindfolded and don’t even know what country they’re in. But once they set foot on campus, there are only two ways to depart: either as a fully accredited graduate or in an attractive urn.

Murder Your Employer by Rupert Holmes | Booklicious Podcast | Episode 28
Murder Your Employer by Rupert Holmes | Booklicious Podcast | Episode 28

In the second half of the book, our three case studies return to life outside the conservatory to execute their final thesis: delete their targets without being caught. Holmes turns the mystery genre upside down by making us root for our three good-hearted killers, who if they fail, don’t just receive an F — they pay with their lives.

“Murder Your Employer” is full of endless puns, dry humor, and nostalgia for a bygone era that evokes the early 1950s. Holmes’ writing style and the unique premise of the book make for a gripping read that will leave you wanting more.

That’s all the time we have for today’s episode of “Booklicious Podcast” Thanks for tuning in, and we’ll see you next time.

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