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Publisher's Summary

From a master of suspense....

Eight classic murders. 

A single crime obsessive. 

Countless thrilling twists.

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?

©2020 Peter Swanson (P)2020 Faber Audio

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Amazing Narration

Narrator kept me captive and plot was beautifully written.
Plot has perfect ups and downs which made it more interesting, I kept listening to find out what's the story.
Looking forward to more such beautiful creations.

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summary of many mystery novels

it a nice book and have lots of reference to great mystery books, just make a note it has spoilers for great mystery.

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  • Paula McMullan
  • 08-04-21

Beware of the spoilers!!

This is a clever if confusing story where the murders recreate murders from fiction. If you haven't read those books, you won't need to because the author gives away the murderer in each one! I had to stop listening and listen to the Red House first (terrible Audible version by the way) so as not to have the story spoilt in this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-20

An intriguing tale

This book’s story links in to lots of crime novel classics from U.K. and USA, and I liked that. Warning- there are spoilers for a lot of these classics, which would be annoying if you had not read them yet.

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  • "geordiemoozy"
  • 09-11-20

Interesting and engaging, fun, light thriller

I read The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson last summer in one day by a pool in Florida so I was quite keen to listen to one of his other books. Reviews were slightly mixed but I went with this one.

The tone is really quite light for a crime thriller, helped by the narrator (both as it is written and actually voiced in the audible version). You know from the start the narrator had something to hide, but not the full story. I found this intriguing rather than irritating and I wanted to find out what the full picture was.

As quite a fan of thrillers in general, I loved the many references to other crime novels (it has made me want to re-read several).

Overall, I really enjoyed the audiobook and will almost certainly try another by the same author.

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  • David Powers
  • 05-03-20

So so

Not too bad. I read one of his earlier books - Kind Worth Killing which I thought was amazing. Unfortunately everything since then has gone downhill.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-11-20

tiresome

Found it very hard going and very slow in plot development. I'm a bibliophile and have rarely given up on a book but this one......

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  • Becky
  • 22-10-20

Not worth the time

I really struggled with this book. The narrator has a peculiar inflection at the end of most sentences, and doesn't put any feeling into the narrative. The story is quite boring and the characters are underwritten. It is nowhere near as clever as it thinks it is.

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  • Sarah Hind
  • 04-09-20

Peter Swanson Never Fails!

I’ve worked my way through all the Peter Swanson novels and absolutely loved them all. You can’t put them down or in audibles case turn them off!
I’m a picky reader I have to be gripped from the start and love psychological thrillers. I’ve never found an author I like so much. If this is the genre for you then it won’t disappoint
Keep them coming Peter!

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  • HarrietJ
  • 14-06-20

Pretty good but a bit pretentious

Loved The Kind Worth Killing. This wasn't as good. It's a bit self-consciously self-conscious (makes sense if you've read it!) a little pretentious for me. I couldn't quite believe in the main character and everything intersected too neatly. The FBI officer was not believable either, nor was her link with Claire. Just not convincing all round. Shame.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-02-21

Tenuous storyline

I really didn’t buy the investigative links made between the murders, generally the whole book was unbelievable. Having said that I didn’t turn it off so it was definitely listenable- but I think I’d id have been reading it I’d have given up early

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  • Lee
  • 11-10-20

Beware of spoilers

Really enjoyed the mystery within this book as it’s different from the usual plots. Told in the first person the narrator tries to solve a mystery which is based around the murders in famous crime novels.

There are spoilers contained within so if you plan to read any of the books mentioned give this one a miss.

Well read and really enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-07-20

Absolutely brilliant

Peter Swanson is a wonderful writer. This was one I didn’t want to end. So many characters but flows without confusion.

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  • Crys
  • 03-06-20

Good Book for Mystery lovers

I got this audiobook on the recommendation of Richard Osman who specifically recommended the audio book.

I’m a fan of Agatha Christie books so I thought I ‘d give it a go.

I found the narrator quite good- but he sounded quite robotic, I wonder if that was his interpretation of the narrating character - i found it a bit harsh some days.

A book to walk or cook to- not a book to listen to in the middle of the night when you can’t sleep as it does make you think too much.


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  • Michelle Hayman
  • 13-04-20

Intriguing story

As a mystery reader, I found this unique take on crime novels very entertaining, the narration was also excellent.

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 05-03-20

Wonderful

I just love this. The narrator the story the whole lot. I read this in almost one sitting. All the books he take about are favourites of mine. I also love the ending the only way it could finish. A diamond.