The Ice House
With this stunning debuta marvelous marriage of classic convention and contemporary sophisticationMinette Walters sets a new standard of excellence for the mystery novel.
The three women living in seclusion at an elegant Hampshire country house have long been fodder for village gossip...even whispers of a witches' coven. So when a faceless corpse of uncertain vintage is f...more
Three women, Phoebe Maybury, Diana Thomson and Anne Cattrell, are the residents of Streech Grange, and are under suspicion for murder. Again. Ten years ago, Phoebe's husband David disappeared conveniently into thin air but there was neither a body nor any other evidence to connect Phoebe to his murder. N...more
This cross between a police procedural and a country house murder has a good and twisting plot, but suffers from the fact that many of its characters fall into the hinterland between caricat...more
As usual with Walters, things aren't what they...more
That said, the characterization in The Ice-House was a bit confusing. The characters have a good amount of depth - there are motivations, certainly, in the actions of the main characters. That said, it didn't seem quite life-like to me. I can't imagine there are many people who go around quoting Robert Burns poems. Seriously, how many people...more
A decaying body is found on the property of a woman and her two friends. This sparks the interest of the police, who has never been able to solve the myster...more
Walters' first novel, The Ice House, received the literary award, Crimewriter's Association New Blood Dagger, joining such impressive writers as S.J. Bolton for Before I Go To Sleep. Well deserved, IMO.
Well worth the back-tracking.
The PBS version was excellent; the book has added layers. (Don't all books? :-)
Digging beneath to the obvious to find the layers of truth makes this especially enjoyable.
The Sculptress has been adapted for tel...more