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The Postscript Murders

(Harbinder Kaur #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  14,267 ratings  ·  1,754 reviews

PS: thanks for the murders.

The death of a ninety-year-old woman with a heart condition should absolutely not be suspicious. DS Harbinder Kaur certainly sees nothing to concern her in carer Natalka's account of Peggy Smith's death.

But when Natalka reveals that Peggy lied about her heart condition and that she had been sure someone was following her...
And that Peggy Smi

Hardcover, First Edition, 368 pages
Published October 1st 2020 by Quercus (first published September 26th 2020)
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Allison In my book (British) the Kaurs' dog is called Starsky! I did notice some editing errors in this one though, which is funny because one of the characte…moreIn my book (British) the Kaurs' dog is called Starsky! I did notice some editing errors in this one though, which is funny because one of the characters says (of publishing) "they don't seem to use proofreaders much any more."(less)
Allison No, and I prefer this one. It's more lighthearted, the characters are more likeable and nuanced and it seems more realistic.…moreNo, and I prefer this one. It's more lighthearted, the characters are more likeable and nuanced and it seems more realistic.(less)

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Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths 

The Postscript Murders gives us a cozy murder mystery, in the style of Agatha Christie. No in your face blood and guts, just a 90 year old woman who is such an expert on how to kill people that authors use her as their "murder consultant". But when Peggy dies, one of her caretakers, Natalka, gets suspicious for a number of reasons. Natalka had seen Peggy that morning and she was just fine, so Natalka, Benedict, the local coffee shack guy, and Edwin, Peggy
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 stars

“If I’m ever killed, my TBR pile will be the murder weapon.”

The Postscript Murders is a tautly written murder mystery centered around the death of a 90-year-old woman who happens to have been a murder consultant.

When Peggy Smith, a 90-year-old woman, is found dead, no one believes foul play had a role in her death….that is no one but her Ukrainian carer, Natalka. Upon the discovery that Peggy served as a murder consultant, thinking up unique ways for characters to die, for popular a
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elly Griffiths's sequel to The Stranger Diaries featuring the gay, Sikh DS Harbinder Kaur, in her thirties, yet still living with her parents, is a rather different affair, but a winner nevertheless with murder and mayhem set in the world of a crime writers community, literary agents, murder consultants and publishers. In Shoreham by the Sea, a West Sussex coastal town, 90 year old Peggy Smith sits by her window, observing the world outside, making notes in her investigation book, such as the ap ...more
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The second book in the Harbinder Kaur series and it is an absolute delight!

The Postscript Murders is a murder mystery but it tends strongly towards cosy with several of the characters acting as amateur detectives and getting themselves into all kinds of difficulties. Luckily the police are involved and do actually maintain control of the investigations most of the time.

This is a book about books and their authors, publishers and literary agents. There are also retired wartime spies spending the
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
Well this was definitely a surprise of a book coming from this author! I read and loved “The Stranger Diaries” and some of her Ruth Galloway books. I think those books had a more “sinister”, heavier feel to them.

Who has ever heard of a “murder consultant”?? Well in this book you will hear all about Peggy, a lovely woman who was considered just that. She helped authors find unique ways of “killing off their characters” and she was well known among murder mystery writers.

The book opens with her
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Natalka turns back to Peggy. She looks at peace, that's what Patricia will say to Nigel. Passed away peacefully. There's a book open on the arm of Peggy's chair. 'Highrise Murder' by Dex Challoner. Peggy's binoculars are on the table beside her. There's also a pen,completed crossword and a pill dispenser, the sort that has the days of the week on it. There's something else too, a piece of paper just poking out from under the crossword. Natalka slides it out. It's a business card, very o ...more
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This character driven mystery is perfect for fans of The Thursday Murder Club. It’s book two in a series about Harinder Kaur, a gay, 36 year old Sikh, female DS. A ninety year old “murder consultant” dies of an apparent heart attack. But Natalka , her caregiver, has misgivings and shares them with Harinder.
Griffiths’ sense of humor is still intact. When Natalka and Benedict, coffee shop owner and ex-monk, decide to investigate, they are confronted by a gun wielding masked man. “But he can’t den
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This was just a 3⭐️ read for me!

I loved “The Stranger Diaries”...the story within the book, the suspense, the hint of the Supernatural...

So, I was excited to receive approval to read an ARC of “The Postscript Murders”!

The death of 90 year old, Peggy Smith, reveals that she has been a “Murder Consultant” for several best-selling crime fiction authors! Her name appears in dedications and the acknowledgement pages of several books-apparently she was great at plotting and
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ninety year old Peggy Smith observes two men from her window seat at her sheltered accommodation ‘Seaview Court’ in Shoreham, West Sussex. Peggy is an astute observer but why do they attract her attention? Shortly after this, Peggy is found dead by her Ukrainian born carer Natalka. Maybe her death is no surprise given Peggy’s age but Natalka is uneasy, as is fellow resident and friend, sprightly eighty year old Edwin. They discuss their thoughts with mutual friend and coffee shop owner Benedict ...more
Diane S ☔
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Golden Age of mysteries with a contemporary setting and overtones, aided by three quirky amateur detectives and, Harbinger, the gay, Sikh detective from the Stranger Diaries. It starts with the death of a ninety year old in a care home. A mystery afficiendo, her apartment is chock full of mystery novels, some aged, some more current. Her death is thought to be from a heart attack, but her care giver is not sure having been told by the woman that she thought someone had been watching her. She ...more

3.5 stars

In this 2nd book in the Harbinder Kaur series, the police detective investigates several suspicious deaths. The book works fine as a standalone.


Ninety-year-old Peggy Smith lives in Seaview Court, a seaside block of retirement flats in Shoreham, England. Peggy's a nosy-parker who likes to sit in her bay window and make notes about the people she sees outside.

Shortly after Peggy observes two suspicious men sitting in a car she's found dead in her apartment, a death that's ascribed to
It's not meant to be. Ruth Galloway by Elly Griffiths is one of my favorite mysteries, and after seeing so many four to five stars I decided to give this book a go. Unfortunately, I could never find any point in the story nor characters that draw me in. I wish I DNF it but I was hoping I might enjoy the second half of it. It's probably a me problem than the book. ...more
Apr 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For all you “cozy mystery” lovers, “The Postscript Murders” by Elly Griffiths is the book for you!

Author Griffiths told NPR that she was inspired by her own Aunt Marge, who provides Griffiths ideas and plots for murders. Griffiths wondered if there was such a thing as a murder consultant; if so, her aunt would be the perfect murder consultant.

Plus, Griffiths admits there is nothing cozy about murder, but there are avid readers who find comfort in a great murder mystery, sans blood and guts. Mys
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This new series from Elly Griffiths featuring DS Harbinder Kaur, a thirty six year old gay Sikh woman still living with her parents, is shaping up to be very enjoyable. More cosy crime than police procedural, it has a lighter feel than her excellent Elly Griffiths series with a good infusion of humour.

In this second episode, the mystery is kicked off with the unexpected death of ninety year old, Peggy Smith, a woman with an interesting past and a self proclaimed Murder Consulatant who helps aut
THE POSTSCRIPT MURDERS by Elly Griffiths combines death and authors within a novel that is a police procedural and almost a cozy mystery hybrid set in England and Scotland. The death of ninety-year-old Peggy Smith seems to be one of natural causes, but is it? One of her caretakers, Natalka Kolisnyk, thinks it is murder. While helping to clear out Peggy’s apartment, she notices the large number of murder mysteries; many of which have mentioned Peggy in their acknowledgement section. Detective ...more
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads, mystery
Book 2 in the Harbinder Kaur series published 2020.

This, I imagine, is what is referred to as a cosy mystery and not a genre that I would normally gravitate towards. But much to my surprise, and pleasure, I found it to be a highly entertaining and enjoyable read.

What made it so entertaining was the eclectic cast of characters, the evolving mystery and the subtle but ever present humour.

The characters include.
1. DS Harbinder Kaur, a female detective in a male dominated work place. She is also gay
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
”She didn’t get all that knowledge from her husband. I think she got it from books.”

“You’re right. You can travel the world in books.”

“The postcript murders” was so much fun! After a couple of disappointments on my recent reads I knew this was gonna be a winner for me from page one.

Murder mystery set in the literary world + eclectic and charming cast of characters = 5⭐️

In this second instalment in the DS Harbinder Kaur series, our favorite Sikh gay detective makes a come back with a trio of am
An average mystery that I'm heartbroken to rate 2.5 stars. I liked the first one in the series a lot more (3.5 stars rounded up to 4 - you can see my review here if you want to compare).

I felt like this book was written by another author, it was a totally different type of story. I remember liking the characters and the writing style in The Stranger Diaries, but I didn't feel this way with The Postcript Murders. I read the first one in English and this one in French... Could it be the reason?! H
Katie B
The Postscript Murders is the second book in the Harbinder Kaur mystery series and can easily be read as a standalone. I say that with confidence because I read the first book 2 years ago and had forgotten everything by the time I picked this one up. This second book starts off with a ton of potential but at some point I began to lose interest. By the end, I was reading just to finish rather than being fully engrossed in the novel.

Ninety-year-old Peggy has died and her caretaker, Natalka, believ
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Elly Griffiths is becoming a favorite author of mine. She has a well-loved series, but she also wrote The Stranger Diaries (which I adored), and The Postscript Murders is its follow-up.

These books have a modern Christie feel, and I can definitely see the comparison to the clever Anthony Horowitz as well. The Postscript Murders is about a 90 year old female murder consultant. Yes, my friends. She’s an expert on how to kill people, and authors hire her when writing their books. Peggy ends up dead
Christi M
Feb 12, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, mystery
Before picking up The Postscript Murders, I had come to the conclusion that it was just not practical or possible for some of the main elements from The Stranger Diaries to carry over. This was mostly true with the story within a story format since the short story, The Stranger, was very unique to Clare, the first book's main character. The short story not only introduced the gothic atmosphere, but the fictional author as well, both of which had a distinct presence throughout the book.

I mention
If you gaze up at that window facing the Shoreham Beach, you would have noticed that elderly woman. She'd be decked out with her binoculars and a handy pen and notebook nearby. Nothing got past ol' Peggy when she sat in that lookout chair.

Now most people would think that a ninety year old did her daily routine for entertainment and to pass away the hours. But for Peggy it was more than that. The time finally came when Peggy sat facing the shore with sightless eyes. Her caregiver, Natalka, came
In 2018 this author gave us The Stranger Diaries, a creepy & entertaining story that introduced DS Harbinder Kaur. She was more of a secondary character but with the arrival of this book, she steps into the shoes of MC. Not only is she up to the task, her unique voice is one of the most enjoyable aspects of this literary murder mystery.

It all kicks off with the death of Peggy Smith, a 90 year old woman living in quaint-sounding Shoreham-by-Sea. She’s found by her care giver Natalka, sitting in
Nov 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
3.5 cozy stars

My favorite part of this book is the scenery – I so want to visit Shoreham and Edinburgh after reading this book. Maybe I could hire a driver though to take me on the route?

This book marks the return of DS Harbinder Kaur who is on the job investigating a possibly suspicious death followed by a string of murders! Kaur first appeared in “Stranger Diaries” which I really liked!

Peggy Smith, a 90-year-old, has died and her home aide/carer Natalka is concerned that it might be suspicious

Peggy Smith loved to gaze out her window and people watch. She was ninety years old and her mind was as sharp as ever. She loved taking notes and creating murder plots. But the morning Natalka, Peggy’s carer, arrived and discovered Peggy had passed away, still sitting in her chair at the window, would be the beginning of an intriguing and complex mystery.

DS Harbinder Kaur was interested in what Natalka had to tell her, though also decidedly skeptical. Peggy had been classed as a “murder co
90-year-old Peggy Smith’s death appears to have been of natural causes. But her carer, Natalka, thinks otherwise. When she voices her suspicions, two acquaintances — Benedict, a former monk who now runs a coffee kiosk, and Edwin, a friend of Peggy’s and Benedict’s — also become curious. More surprising is that DS Harbinder Kaur of the local police agrees to look into the potential for foul play.
I grabbed this off the New Fiction shelf at my library because I recognized DS Kaur from The Stra
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
‘7 x pensioners: 2 couples, 3 singles'.

From the upper floor window of her flat in Seaview Court, 90-year-old Peggy Smith spies on the people below, and records everything in her Investigation Book.

When Natalka Kolisnyk from Care4You discovers Peggy dead in her armchair, there is nothing to suggest that the elderly woman died from anything other than natural causes. But while packing up Peggy's crime novels Natalka notices they are all either dedicated or include an acknowledgement to the 90-year
Susan - on semi hiatus
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
P.S. I Love You.

I think.

This is a difficult review to write because I loved every part of the book except one. I’ll explain further but first the positives:

Unique characters, many types not often written about.

Lovely English countryside, colloquialisms, and manners. I love reading about the UK!

The heart beats around Mystery and Thriller authors and their writing process, book tours, interaction with other authors, publicists, etc. I found this fascinating.

Intricate mystery with clues dropped in
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Many thanks to Net Galley, Quercus Books and the author for a chance to read and review this book. All opinions are expressed voluntarily.

Elly Griffith’s The Stranger Diaries was one of my favorite books in 2019 and the author has brilliantly followed it up with an exciting and thrilling sequel The Postscript Murders.

Harbinder Kaur returns as the much-loved DS of West Sussex CID along with Neil in this murder mystery which is more of cozy fiction than a police procedural. Harbinder’s self-depre
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the second of Elly Griffiths’ books featuring new protagonist DS Harbinder Kaur from the West Sussex constabulary. As in the first book we get taken on a magical mystery tour of fascinating characters, surprising twists, hidden clues, murder most foul, danger and heartwarming moments. The cast this time is even more diverse. Meet Natalka - a Ukrainian care worker, Edwin - a gay 80 year old former TV producer and radio host and Benedict - a former monk and current coffee shop owner. And ...more
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Elly Griffiths' Ruth Galloway novels take for their inspiration Elly's husband, who gave up a city job to train as an archaeologist, and her aunt who lives on the Norfolk coast and who filled her niece's head with the myths and legends of that area. Elly has two children and lives near Brighton. Though not her first novel, The Crossing Places is her first crime novel.


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