A RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK
'Fiendish good fun' ANTHONY HOROWITZ
If you want to get away with murder, play by the rules
A series of unsolved murders with one thing in common: each of the deaths bears an eerie resemblance to the crimes depicted in classic mystery novels.
The deaths lead FBI Agent Gwen Mulvey to mystery bookshop Old Devils. Owner Malcolm Kershaw had once posted online an article titled 'My Eight Favourite Murders,' and there seems to be a deadly link between the deaths and his list - which includes Agatha Christie's The ABC Murders, Patricia Highsmith's Strangers on a Train and Donna Tartt's The Secret History.
Can the killer be stopped before all eight of these perfect murders have been re-enacted?
'An ingenious game of cat-and-mouse' The Times
'Never less than enthralling' Daily Mail
'Tremendously enjoyable' Sunday Mirror
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Peter Swanson’s sixth novel is a terrific, keep-you-guessing mystery in its own right and also a handy guide to some crime thrillers everyone should read. Boston bookstore owner Malcolm Kershaw becomes a person of interest to the FBI when a serial killer goes on a spree seemingly inspired by a blog post Malcolm once wrote about crime fiction’s most toughest-to-crack murders. The list features crime standards by Agatha Christie, Patricia Highsmith and more. The obvious risk of referencing such books is that your own novel pales by comparison, but Swanson’s airtight plot and expertly crafted twists ensure he holds his own in this esteemed company.
A great holiday/ lockdown read
I really enjoyed this book and it’s links to some mystery/ crime classics. It is an easy read, perfect for a holiday (or when you’re stuck in your house because of coronavirus).
Different and gripping
This is well paced, a page Turner that leads you on through an unexpected story. Well worth reading.
Rules For Perfect Murders
Once you start you cannot stop, very enjoyable book, five stars.