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Minette Walters

Autor(a) de The Ice House

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About the Author

British mystery writer Minette Walters began her literary career as a sub-editor at a romance publishing company. She wrote short stories and romance novels for a time before turning to writing mysteries. Her first mystery novel, The Ice House (1992), won the John Creasy Award for Best First Novel. mostrar mais Later novels have also been award winners. Scold's Bridle won a CWA Gold Dagger and The Sculptress (which was made into a BBC television play) won an Edgar Award. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Minette Walters

The Ice House (1992) 1,602 exemplares
The Sculptress (1993) 1,566 exemplares
The Breaker (1998) 1,521 exemplares
The Scold's Bridle (1994) 1,503 exemplares
The Dark Room (1995) 1,500 exemplares
The Shape of Snakes (2000) 1,485 exemplares
The Echo (1997) 1,377 exemplares
Acid Row (2001) 1,294 exemplares
Fox Evil (2002) 1,233 exemplares
The Devil's Feather (2005) 1,119 exemplares
Disordered Minds (2003) 1,055 exemplares
The Chameleon's Shadow (2007) 785 exemplares
Burning Point (1999) 524 exemplares
The Last Hours (2017) 432 exemplares
Chickenfeed (2006) 216 exemplares

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Sorry, Minette, it's not you, it's the incest.
LaurenThemself | 26 outras críticas | Feb 20, 2024 |
A homeless man dies of starvation in a garage next to a freezer full of food. Why did he pick that garage and why didn't he eat any of the food he had access to? As journalist Michael Deacon looks into the story, he unravels a complex plot linking 2 unsolved disappearances in the past.
bookworm3091 | 19 outras críticas | Feb 11, 2024 |
This is the first book I've read by Minette Walters and I enjoyed it. I'm so used to today's fast-paced thrillers, though, that I had to change my expectations for this slower-paced mystery. The richest woman in a small English town is found dead in an obscure way in her estate home. Ruled a suicide, one detective is sure it is murder and investigates.

The characters are likable and eccentric making for a fun read. The mystery is slow-paced but well-plotted and red herrings abound. I had an idea as to the killer but changed my mind multiple times, falling for the author's ploys. The ending was satisfying with a final shocking twist. I'd like to read more of the author's work.… (mais)
ElizaJane | 26 outras críticas | Dec 21, 2023 |
The Turn of Midnight by Minette Walters was published in 2019 and follows straight on from the events in The Last Hours, published in 2017. I received this book from a generous bookish friend in 2019 and it's languished on my TBR until now. Together these two historical fiction titles form the Black Death duology, which is set in 1300s Develish, Dorsetshire.

I read The Last Hours in October 2017 and despite reading The Turn of Midnight six years later, I didn't find myself lost at all. The Last Hours ended on such a memorable cliffhanger that left me out of sorts at the time, yet the author does an excellent job reminding us about the precise state of play when we last caught up with the various characters. My favourite historical fiction authors - Philippa Gregory, Alison Weir and Ken Follett - also manage to strike this balance between boring and repetitive recaps and helpful pointers that enhance the narrative without distracting from it.

To further drive home this point, halfway through The Turn of Midnight, the review copy of The Armour of Light by Ken Follett arrived in my mailbox. I'd requested it from the publisher and it was 730+ pages long so I reluctantly set aside this book in favour of ensuring I met my reviewing commitments. Picking this back up again 2 weeks later, I needn't have worried that a further interruption would diminish my reading enjoyment.

Again Lady Anne is the hero of her demesne, and together with Thaddeus, they have a plan to secure their futures after the black plague has swept through the countryside. The pestilence exposed the worst in some people and the best in others, some cowered in fear while others responded with kindness, unwilling to believe God was punishing them for their sins.

If you've been reading my reviews for any length of time, you'll have noticed that I love a good quote. I take a note as I'm reading and later transcribe all of the quotes when drafting my review. Many of these quotes end up on the cutting room floor but I didn't record any while reading The Turn of Midnight. I checked my review of The Last Hours and I didn't note any quotes while reading that one either. Perhaps it's a relief to read a quote-free review from me for a change, but I can assure you this wasn't due to a lack of great writing.

Lady Anne is a compelling character, a widow navigating a man's world and constantly challenged at every turn, she must be clever to dodge their accusations, negotiate safety and a future for her people. The dialogue was tight and amusing and the ending was immensely satisfying.

The Turn of Midnight by Minette Walters is highly recommended for historical fiction readers, but it won't really work as a standalone, so for maximum understanding and enjoyment, I recommended starting with The Last Hours.
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Carpe_Librum | 11 outras críticas | Nov 27, 2023 |



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