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The Postscript Murders

(Harbinder Kaur #2)

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Murder leaps off the page when crime novelists begin to turn up dead in this intricate new novel by internationally best-selling author Elly Griffiths, a literary mystery perfect for fans of Anthony Horowitz and Agatha Christie.

The death of a ninety-year-old woman with a heart condition should not be suspicious. Detective Sergeant Harbinder Kaur certainly sees nothing out
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: March 2nd 2021 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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    Meredith
    Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    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
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    marilyn
    Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
    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
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    Paromjit
    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
    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
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    Phrynne
    Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
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    Ceecee
    Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Jayme
    Unpopular opinion alert!
    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
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    Carolyn
    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
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    Rob
    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
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    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
    Javier
    Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    ”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 a
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    Brenda
    4.5s

    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
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    NZLisaM
    ‘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
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    DeAnn
    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
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    Pat
    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
    Susan
    Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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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    Farshana ❤️rainnbooks❤️
    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
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    Lou
    Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    The Postscript Murders is the second instalment in the Detective Sergeant Harbinder Kaur series, where murder leaps off the page when crime novelists begin to turn up dead in this intricate new novel. The death of a ninety-year-old woman, Peggy Smith of Seaview Court, with a heart condition should not be suspicious. Detective Sergeant Harbinder Kaur certainly sees nothing out of the ordinary when Peggy’s caretaker, Natalka Kolisnyk from Care4You, begins to recount her passing having found her in ...more
    Susan
    Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Having loved, “The Stranger Diaries,” I was thrilled to receive the sequel for review. This begins with ninety year old, Peggy Smith, found dead in her retirement flat at Shoreham-by-Sea, by her carer, glamorous Ukrainian, Natalka. Before long, Natalka is questioning whether Peggy died naturally and visits the police, where she speaks to DS Harbinder Kaur.

    Peggy had a business card, labelling her a ‘murder consultant,’ who helped crime writers to plot their novels and suggest unusual ways of kil
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    Kat
    Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    3.5 stars

    I really enjoyed reading this story and I love how in this series the crimes are combined with literature!
    I loved the amateur investigating trio and I could do without Harbinder Kaur since I didn't manage to like her in this installment either! She comes across as very pretentious and judgemental and even though I wouldn't mind for her to have a relationship I found myself rooting for the bisexual character to get involved with her male friend instead just because my dislike of Kaur. I'
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    Gary
    Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This is the 2nd book in the Harbinder Kaur series by author Elly Griffiths. I really enjoyed this fairly gentle murder mystery. I hadn't read the 1st book but having enjoyed this so much this one so much quickly purchased 'The Stranger Diaries'.

    This is an enjoyable read with some great characters that I am sure will get even better with familiarity. Elly Griffiths books always have a great synopsis and this was no different. A 90 year old woman living in a retirement home named Peggy Smith dies
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    Irene
    Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Not what I expected. The first book in this series, "The Stranger Diaries", was a gripping read, a compelling thriller. This book is more like a cozy mystery, sometimes almost a comedy, so not really my cup of tea.
    Lee
    The Stranger Diaries was one of my top 5 books last year so I was very excited to get my hands on its follow up book, The Postscript Murders (thanks Net Galley and Quercus Books). I was a little surprised, however, how different this second book turned out to be.

    The biggest difference between the two books, for me, was the tone. The Stranger Diaries had a very gothic thriller feel to it. In fact, I’d almost class it as a horror in places. The Postscript Murders instead was a cosy mystery with a
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    Sarah
    I thoroughly enjoyed this second instalment in Elly Griffiths' D.S. Harbinder Kaur series. As in The Stranger Diaries, Harbinder features as one of an ensemble cast of characters, with a major part of the storyline told from the perspective of non-police characters. We do learn more about Harbinder's personal and professional life in this book though, and she is a delightful, complex and engaging character.
    The book opens with sprightly 90-year-old Peggy Smith observing and documenting the goings
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    Vanessa Menezes
    Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    This was more of the cosy mystery genre, something which I am trying out for the first time.

    When Peggy, a ninety-year-old client of Natalka’s is found dead in her chair, the police have no reason to suspect she has died from anything other than natural causes. But Natalka along with Peggy’s other friends decide to investigate suspecting foul play.

    The concept of an elderly woman Peggy being a murder consultant who gives ideas to mystery and crime authors for their novels, was so interesting and
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    Rob
    Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    ...more
    Maggie
    Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Ninety year old Peggy enjoyed people watching, she even made notes of those she saw from the window of her seaside retirement home. When she is found dead Natalka (her carer) does not believe that it was from natural causes. Peggy's neighbour & friend Edwin & Benedict, the local coffee house owner agree with her. Whilst clearing out Peggy's flat they are threatened by a man with a gun. Detective Harbinder Kaur becomes involved. Peggy's friends discover that she was 'a murder consultant' & help m ...more
    Andrea
    Well, that was a lot of fun! The previous book - The Stranger Diaries - was one of my top reads of 2019, so I was excited to find out that DS Harbinder Kaur was returning so soon. I'd say there's a slight change of tone, with this instalment planting itself very firmly in cosy territory (whereas I thought Stranger Diaries was more on the fence), but that's fine by me.

    When agency carer, Natalka, arrives at Peggy Smith's flat for her bedtime visit, she's surprised to find Peggy has passed away in
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    Marianne
    Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: wishlist
    “‘Of course, plot is overrated,’ says Lance. ‘I try to get beyond describing what happens next.’
    Edwin reminds himself never to read Lance’s book.”

    The Post Script Murders is the second book by British author, Elly Griffiths, to feature DS Harbinder Kaur. When Natalka Kolisnyk finds one of her elderly clients dead in her home, she quickly begins to suspect that Peggy Smith, a fit and lively ninety-year-old, did not die of natural causes. Peggy’s near neighbour in Seaview Court, Edwin Fitzgerald ag
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    Louise Wilson
    Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Harbinder Kaur #2

    The death of a ninety yesr old woman with a heart condition should absolutely not be suspicious. DS Harbinder Kaur certainly sees nothing to concern her in her carer Natalka's account of Peggy Smiths death. But when Natalka reveals that Peggy had lied a lut her heart conditionand that she had been sure someone had been following her. Peggy Smith had been a murder consuktant who plotted deaths for authors and knows more about murder than anyone has a right to.



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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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