‘It was the smell that Mrs Powell noticed first. Slightly sweet. Slightly unpleasant.. It shocked her badly to find a dead man in the corner, his head slumped on his knees.’
Who was Billy Blake, other than a homeless alcoholic who wandered the streets?
Why was he found dead from starvation in one of the richest areas of one of the richest capitals in the world?
Oh Minette, Minette, Minette. What a cute name that is !!
I did enjoy this mystery novel but with soooo many reservations. I have wanted to try one of these mysteries for a very long time and this one was passed onto me by a friend that reads a few hundred mysteries a year. She said this was half decent. I disagree but I did find it quite entertaining.
Some of her characters are well drawn out and others not at all. ...more
I cannot recall reading the Echo before, though I suppose I might have when it first came out. There are things I loved about this book, and things I disliked. As usual Walter's characterisation is great. Michael the tenacious journalist, Terry the homeless boy who had been a friend of the deceased 'Billy Blake', Lawrence the elderly and lonely solicitor, Barry who is contro ...more
Journalist Michael Deacon is writing a story on the fates of the homeless, and his editor insists he interview Amanda Powell, a wealthy architect who, a few months ago, discovered that a homeless man, known on the stre ...more
Started several other books by author that were dnf and deleted from my GR-collection.
Narrated By: Simon Prebble
Best-selling author Minette Walters captivates mystery aficionados throughout the world with her evocative, multi-layered novels, which have been translated into 22 languages. In The Echo she spins a finely-wrought web of secrets and betrayals, love and guilt that entangles everyone who touches it. A homeless man has been found dead of starvation—huddled next to a food-filled freezer—in a London socialite’s garage. When journ ...more
'The Echo' follows a small time journalist, Michael Deacon, as he looks into the issue of homelessness for the political paper he writes for. When looking at the death of a homeless man, who died of starvation in a local womans garage, Deacon uncovers more than he bargained for, and solves the mystery of the disappearance of two missing men from many years a ...more
Sorry not a patch on some of her other work.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Echo, as much for the story as for the characterizations themselves. Deacon is a character who starts out as a doubtful hero but by the end of the story, I found myself hoping he’d find the peace he was looking for. As for Terry, this was a canny and older-than-his years character whom I definitely wanted to know more about and also what became of him. The youngster gives Deacon advice wis ...more
You have to like British dark suspense with all that that entails of everything having hidden meaning and no one is who they appear to be at any given time. I know I love watching these on BBC America, with all of the visual cues and atmosphere.
My sister's been on me to read Minette's books, so this was ...more
The Sculptress has been adapted for tel ...more