The Ice House
With this stunning debut—a marvelous marriage of classic convention and contemporary sophistication—Minette 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
With The Ice House Walters manages to update the old-school Christie-style manor-house mystery with modern characters and settings. (Regular references t ...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
Very good character development combined with a stimulating plot. Amusing sexual innuendos abound and although this is my first book by Minette Walters, I have heard that this is one of her trademarks.
Included in the story are several subplots and one or two red herrings, as the author grips the reader with a literate and compelling n ...more
I remember this to be a solid debut, although I wasn't that impressed by it. Maybe because I had jumped into her books midway and she clearly got better at it with each book. Though in this one like with all her other books, her heroines remained as human and believable as ever.
First off, if you are squeamish it may be best to avoid Ms. Walters' books. They aren't shy with the ghoulish detail of the crime in question but if you can stomac ...more
As usual with Walters, things aren't what they ...more
Won Britain's John Creasey Award for best first crime novel.
Nothing is what it seems at first in this novel. Especially interesting and unexpected is the depiction of the police officers Inspector Walsh and Detective McLachan (my favorite character).
According to the book notes, Minette Walters "writes thrillers that wed classic mystery conventions with contemporary sophistication." I would gladly read other Walters b ...more
The Ice House takes place in a claustrophobic English village where everyone takes an interest in everyone else’s business, where gossip substitutes for truth, where unconventional behavior ...more
It took some time before i was gripped to the story and i thought the start was rather boring despite the fact that the discovery of the body was featured in the very first chapter.
I believe if, like me, you happen to have trouble keeping up with a large number of characters, with several names being sent to your face and your mind taking way too long to process, you are probably going to take as long as i did to get into the book.
However, once you do ...more
Apparently Fred Phillips, the gardener to the mansion found a decomposed body in the ice house. Nowadays it is overgrown and hardly recognizable, so it is an unpleasant surprise that ...more
(One minor quibble: I'm not sold on the romance subplot. Random acts of violence by way of introduction do not a good romance make.)
This book only got two stars because it had an interesting setting, fascinating secondary characters and suspects and the resolution of the case managed to surprise me in the end.
BUT I've never read a crime novel where I was rooting for the murderer to show up and off the two main investigators so badly. They were such misogynistic, homophobic, judgemental assholes, I don't even know what to say. I actu ...more
Walters, Minette - 1st book
When a rotting, unidentified corpse is discovered it marks the beginning of a nightmare murder investigation for the three women living there. But is it the beginning? Or does the body lying in the ice-house mean that the police can close an old file?
Very good but slow.
I think I enjoyed this vital novel even more the second time, though I had to keep reminding myself that the action was taking place in 1992. I recently read an article about the conviction of ...more
I think it's about 20 years since I originally read this very clever whodunnit. Although I didn't remember the details of the story, I remember enjoying it. And I enjoyed it again!
Phoebe, Anne and Diana are three free-spirited women, sharing their creative pursuits in a rambling old house in the English countryside. However, when a dead body is found in their icehouse, the truth of their lives in a self-imposed fortress become clearer. Having survi ...more
I won't go into the synopsis as you can read that elsewhere, but I can say it keeps you interested from beginning to end! Loved the ending.
Am not finished with Minette ...more
"J'ai découvert cet auteur dans une émission littéraire, alors que je n'en regarde jamais, et j'ai eu envie de me plonger dans ses histoires policières british dont je suis à priori plutôt friande."
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"Diana, Anne et Phoebe, trois amies, vivent ensemble dans un manoir à l'écart du village qui ne les apprécie guère depuis la disparition du mari de l'une d'entre elle. Alors lorsqu' ...more
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