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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Yay! A suggested P.D. James read-alike that I actually enjoyed! Walters' style is more ordinary than James' though still several cuts above most popular fiction writing. And she handles sex and violence masterfully. S ...more
I knew that a Masterpiece theatre was made of the book but I had no idea a young Daniel Craig playe ...more
As usual with Walters, things aren't what they ...more
The Sculptress has been adapted for tel ...more