Coupe-gorge (Kathleen Mallory, #8)
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Coupe-gorge (Kathleen Mallory #8)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  1,391 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Never has Mallory faced as many surprises as in the case before her now. It seems cut-and dried at first: a burglar has been caught in the act and killed by an ice pick-wielding homeowner. Except that the home owner turns out to be the most famous lost child in NYPD history, missing for almost sixty years, thought to have been kidnapped following the massacre of her family...more
Published (first published October 21st 2004)
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dara
I used to love crime and mystery novels when I was a pre-teen. Carol O'Connell was one of my favorite authors. That time has passed and so maybe it's a bit unfair of me to even read and rate a novel that's part of a genre I already know I don't particularly enjoy anymore. But I did... so suck it.

Plot-wise there's a little too much going on in this one--too many "twists" making it seem more like a soap opera than a crime novel. Character-wise, I can see how the calculating, nearly emotionless Mal...more
Keith
Good - but pretentious writing style would prevent me from picking up another one of her novels.
Susan
I was lucky enough to win a copy of Winter House through Goodreads, and I am so glad that I did. This book was the first one that I have read by O'Connell, and I really enjoyed it. O'Connell delivered a good mystery that kept the reader guessing until the end. With so many twists and turns, it was hard to discover the truth about what happened at Winter House sixty years before. Mallory was an interesting character who was fun to read about. I did like how she did her own thing her own way, and...more
Kae Cheatham
Source: Library

Characters:Kathy Mallory – detective (series), detective partner Riker; business partner, savant Charles Butler; vic: Willy Roy Boyd; perp Nedda Winter, (Bitty Smyth, Cleo Smyth, Lionel Winter, Sheldon Smyth).

Plot: Mallory attends a crime scene--a burglar killed by old woman (Nedda). But the burglar is WRB, who Mallory incarcerated for serial killings. Although his trademark knife is strapped to his leg, and ice pick is found by his hand. Mallory is suspicious. The murder isn't wh...more
Nicola Joy
Not my favorite Mallory book. Unfortunately, I intuited the killer once the character was introduced (rather early on in the book) so there wasn't a lot of suspense, nor did I find my curiosity peaked as to why this particular character would plot to kill. Most of the characters felt one dimensional, or I simply did not care about their background. The exceptions to this were Neda Winter and her niece. The attempt at making the house into another character in the book, fell short for me. Eventua...more
Sarah Beth
This is a Goodreads first reads giveaway review.
I have to say, although this was not my favorite plot, O'Connell's Mallory is one of my favorite characters. I recommend Mallory's Oracle often, and buy it constantly to give to people to read and pass along.
That being said, this book showed a touch more humanity on Kathy's part and a little less patience from Charles. I was also disappointed with the fact that Kathy's gift to Charles was "off the mark." Mallory herself is often "off" a bit, a wo...more
Amanda Patterson
Carol O'Connell and her heroine Kathy Mallory make a formidable team. Mallory has enthralled me ever since I read The Man who Lied to Women and my favourite, The Flight of the Stone Angel, is officially one of my top 26 books.

Mallory is on the trail of a serial killer who just happens to be murdered with an ice pick by 70 year old Nedda Winter. Nedda has been missing for 60 odd years, fleeing Winter House at the age of 12 when she found her family massacred by someone who also used an ice pick t...more
Alice Parrish
What a wonderful read with a truly horrible ending. Once again O'Connell introduces a character and encourages her readers to become profoundly attached. In fact, the other characters themselves are quite attached to the new addition who is than snatched away in profoundly sad circumstances leaving both the reader and the beloved characters bereft in the face of terrible loss. Charles Butler fans especially will enjoy this installment. Mallory's fans too will be moved by her role in the story. O...more
L
Carol O'Connell is terrific! I read this story some years ago, loved it, and loved it even more on the re-read. Kate Mallory is a truly unique character among female detectives. Of course she's beautiful; aren't they all? But she's much more interesting than that. She's beyond bristly. And brilliant. And hard. Many of the people who love her also fear her. And even if/when she does something that puts her at risk, it's never something stupid or simpering.

The plot here is great. The Detroit Free...more
LJ
WINTER HOUSE (Psychological suspense-NYC-Cont) - VG
Carol O’Connell – 8th in series
G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2004- Hardcover
Mallory is called to investigate the murder by scissors of an intruder by an elderly woman. But it turns out the intruder was a serial killer, the murder weapon was actually an ice pick, the elderly woman someone who had been missing for fifty-eight years since nine members of her family had been killed with an ice pick.
*** There are layers upon layers in this story of a house,...more
Julie Burns
I loved this entry in the Mallory series. I first tried a Mallory book several years ago and didn't like it, couldn't imagine what the fuss was about. A couple of years later, after seeing repeated raves for the series on DorothyL, I decided to try it again and I was hooked. I do get annoyed with the italicized sections when her mentor is supposedly speaking to her from the beyond, but I skip those and get back to the meat of the story. I like how Mallory, Charles and Riker work together, and so...more
Libri Òphiere
C'è un aspetto dei romanzi della O'Connell che a lungo andare stufa, lo schema è sempre il medesimo. C'è una parte della storia che gli investigatori conoscono e che il romanzo tiene a lungo nascosta.
In un romanzo giallo, a rivelazione, è ovvio che la storia del crimine resti nascosta fino alla fine, ma non le storie e gli intenti personali degli investigatori. Con tale espediente il lettore viene condotto alla lettura con due ordini di curiosità: chi è l'assassino e che cosa ha in mente Mallory...more
Jeannette
This book is number eight in the Kathleen Mallory series. This is the first one I have read.

The apparent regulars in this series are Mallory, Riker and Butler. Yet I had trouble understanding their relationships or conjuring up any real feeling for Mallory. Perhaps if I read the previous novels in this series, I would have more buy-in to the regulars.

Nedda Winter is the real focus in this novel. Her story is the interesting one, and the author kept me guessing as to both her sanity and her guil...more
Lake Oz Fic Chick
An orphan, Mallory was rescued from the streets as a child by a kindhearted police officer and his wife. Now grown and a homicide detective herself, she has been so psychologically scarred by her horrific past that in some ways she is still feral and dangerously amoral. In Winter House, Mallory encounters an older woman, Nedda Winter, suspected of a number of brutal murders. As a child of twelve, Winter disappeared when eight members of her family were murdered. Where has she been in the fifty y...more
Amy
I'm sad because I only have one more Kathleen Mallory book to read - then, I'll have to wait until another one is published! (I've read this in the most mixed up way possible - I read #10, the most recently published, first - my last one will be Stone Angel).
In my opinion, this was one of the better of the series. I could almost visualize Nedda and her siblings dancing through the house as a child - and then Nedda as an adult, dodging the ghosts of her family as she goes through the house.
I did...more
pdxmaven
Got this from Julie as the get-away weekend was starting, and was oh so looking forward to immersing myself in a total "mind candy" release starring Kathleen Mallory (aka Malloyr), NYPD Detective and former feral child raised by now deceased NYPD police officer.

The back cover describes it as "densely plotted" -- I found it so full of characters and historial detail that was supposed to fit in here, there and everywhere that I could hardly keep track.

The gist of it: burglar is murdered with ice...more
mim
This author is new to me. I found the book intriguing but convoluted at times. I made a chart of the family as I got lost a bit. The characters are interesting and I'm going to read another in this series to get to know the Mallory character a bit more.
Tasula
This is probably my favorite Kathy Mallory (slightly sociopathic detective) book. I loved the characters and the mystery. The whole series is great and recommended to anyone who enjoys police procedurals with quirky characters.
Celia Powell
This was a rather odd mystery - an elderly woman confesses to stabbing an apparent burglar with an ice-pick. This is apparently a book featuring "glacier-cool detective Kathy Mallory", but I really didn't see her as the main character - or at least, not the interesting one. Nedda, the old woman, is interesting, as is her back story (which is rather ponderously unwound throughout the book), although it seems a little far-fetched at times. This book is heavily populated, which made me rather exhau...more
Joyce McKune
Mallory took a case from the local cops because the victim was a murderer who had gotten out on bail after being arrested for killing three women and during a supposed burglary a woman had killed him.
Ann
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Linda Robinson
When I reread these books some day, if I do, I'll figure out which is truly my favorite. For now, this book is. There are levels of enjoyment: the parlor mystery level, psychological thriller, detective story, true crime, all with noir shadows. The mirrors in the Winter House are genius casting. Read this on the iPad in the dark, face hovering over the white screen. The contrast fits the genre. Mallory, Butler and Coffey are all evolving, more deeply interesting. The past creeps into the present...more
A.M. Riley
I don't know how Carol O'Connell gets away with it. Her principal character is an emotionally distant sociopath whom is almost impossible to love. And yet one does.

O'Connell breaks many of the rules my writing teachers pounded relentlessly into my head and I adore her for making it work. On occasion, it is a little tedious, figuring out where one is at as one carwheels through several pov's in one chapter. (I know, I know, imagine ME complaining about pov shifts!) The plots of these mysteries ar...more
Bevjirwin
she writes such weird mysteries -thought she was too dark but the more i read of her mallory novels,the more i like them.
Lydia
Mar 22, 2013 Lydia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lydia by: Goodreads
Shelves: own, first-reads
Another Mallory novel; another few long nights of not enough sleep due to an inability to put Carol O'Connell's books down. More witty, clever dialogue; one more story whose conclusion you could never predict. This is the book I got free from a Goodreads giveaway, and this one free book led me to hours and hours of genuine reading pleasure as I read the preceding novels before reading this one. Can't rate these books highly enough; my favorite Goodreads discovery yet. So glad I've still got a fe...more
Stacy
I was so excited by the write up on the back of the cover that I jumped right in.
That was it. The excitement ended there.
The story may have been great, but the writing was crap.
I got very tired of redundant character descriptions and unnecessary explanations.
I get that the detective is that way - shush about her and get on with the story!
Once I gave up, I found out that this is like number 8 in a series about the same detective... really!? I felt the author was trying to hard to describe the...more
Joanna
another excellent tale from this author :)
Ruth
c2004. excellent read. This is the 3rd book that I have read by the same author and they have all been page turners to the detriment of my normal life. Classy detective novel and whilst I do tell myself not to try and unravel the story before the time, I keep doing it. I did not like the ending at all but it only goes to underline the fact that sometimes things just don't go right. Highly recommended. "Riker leaned far forward in his chair, caught between surprise and confusion./ "You heard righ...more
Patti
This was such a good book! I'm reading a book on how to write mysteries, and this book was recommended reading for setting/description. It was so much more than that! I could picture the "Winter House", the Winters-how Cleo and Lionel communicated, the frail yet strong little Nedda, short and weak Bitty and the strong detectives-Riker and Mallory. Even Charles was an unforgettable character.
I love how she wove details, characters and time lines together. It was such a well-written and unforgetta...more
K E-R
As always Mallory's world is filled with interesting characters and plot twists that have you turning pages as fast as you can. I found my self anticipating the next revelation only to find that what I thought I was sure of wasn't exactly correct. I love the interplay between characters, the almost humanization others try to attribute to Mallory. I passed the book on to my daughter, wow what an introduction to Mallory huh? She is now reading all the previous books. An engaging "what happens next...more
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Born in 1947, Carol O'Connell studied at the California Institute or Arts/Chouinard and the Arizona State University. She lives in New York City.

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