Eight Perfect Murders

Eight Perfect Murders

A Novel

Book - 2019
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Years ago, bookseller and mystery aficionado Malcolm Kershaw compiled a list of the genre's most unsolvable murders, those that are almost impossible to crack--which he titled "Eight Perfect Murders"--chosen from among the best of the best including Agatha Christie's A. B. C. Murders, Patricia Highsmith's Strangers on a Train, Ira Levin's Death Trap, A. A. Milne's Red House Mystery, Anthony Berkeley Cox's Malice Aforethought, James M. Cain's Double Indemnity, John D. Macdonald's The Drowner, and Donna Tartt's A Secret History. But no one is more surprised than Mal, now the owner of the Old Devils Bookstore in Boston, when an FBI agent comes knocking on his door one snowy day in February. She's looking for information about a series of unsolved murders that look eerily similar to the killings on Mal's old list. And the FBI agent isn't the only one interested in this bookseller who spends almost every night at home reading. There is killer is out there, watching his every move--a diabolical threat who knows way too much about Mal's personal history, especially the secrets he's never told anyone, even his recently deceased wife. To protect himself, Mal begins looking into possible suspects . . . and sees a killer in everyone around him. But Mal doesn't count on the investigation leaving a trail of death in its wake. Suddenly, a series of shocking twists leaves more victims dead--and the noose around Mal's neck grows so tight he might never escape.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062838209
0062838202
Characteristics: 270 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: 8 perfect murders : a novel
Call Number: SWANSON, P

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beckymom Jul 31, 2020

A throwback to a classic Agatha Christie format. There are enough twists to keep you reading, and it's extra appealing to fans of classic, early mysteries.

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clwco Jun 29, 2020

Great twisty mystery for fans of classic mysteries. Be aware that the book does give away the endings to many of the 8 perfect murders from those classics. After reading this book, I did read several of Agatha Christie's books that I hadn't read -- or read so long ago that I forgot the ending.

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Nicr Apr 08, 2020

Someone is murdering people based on an old book blog post by Malcolm Kershaw, thirty-something widower and mystery bookstore owner--and storyteller. Full of twists and turns and book and movie references, it's a lit lover's pure pleasure.


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beckymom Jul 31, 2020

A throwback to a classic Agatha Christie format. There are enough twists to keep you reading, and it's extra appealing to fans of classic, early mysteries.

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LESeymour
Jul 09, 2020

Found this slow moving and ponderous. Great premise mind you, but not really getting anywhere with action. I found it very internal, like an Agatha Christie book, it took its time. After going past eleven chapters and nothing big happening I quit.

Sorry.

clwco Jun 29, 2020

Great twisty mystery for fans of classic mysteries. Be aware that the book does give away the endings to many of the 8 perfect murders from those classics. After reading this book, I did read several of Agatha Christie's books that I hadn't read -- or read so long ago that I forgot the ending.

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maipenrai
Jun 27, 2020

As a reader of mysteries for over 50 years, one of the joys of this book is to hear the names and titles of the great early authors. There were very few of the classics and more current writers that I have not read. In addition the plot is quite marvelous!! It is a play upon one of my all time favorite Agatha Christie books "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd". Also involved is the great book / film "Strangers on a Train" by Patricia Highsmith. I don't want to give anything away, but I am hard to impress when it comes to mysteries, but this one did!! Highly recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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maipenrai
Jun 27, 2020

As a reader of mysteries for over 50 years, one of the joys of this book is to hear the names and titles of the great early authors. There were very few of the classics and more current writers that I have not read. In addition the plot is quite marvelous!! It is a play upon one of my all time favorite Agatha Christie books "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd". Also involved is the great book / film "Strangers on a Train" by Patricia Highsmith. I don't want to give anything away, but I am hard to impress when it comes to mysteries, but this one did!! Highly recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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betsymarzoni
Jun 26, 2020

Great mystery! Read it!

JCLHeatherC Jun 18, 2020

This was a fun read. Nice blending of noir, thriller, and mystery in one neat little package.

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DanJ123
Jun 15, 2020

Excellent book. Loved the twists and turns. Every time you think you figured out some who, what, why or where, something new and unexpected pops up. Enjoyed the way the book kept you on your toes.

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craiglong20017
Jun 10, 2020

This would be a great beach read. I read the entire book in a couple of evenings and it was highly entertaining. It's not great literature, but it is a really good whodunit.

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JLMason
May 21, 2020

Centred on an independent, specialty book store, Eight Perfect Murders is a homage to classic and modern mysteries and detective stories. The first half is immediately engaging and holds the promise of delightful plot twists, red herrings, and unexpected revelations. It establishes the book store manager as narrator, the cast of characters, and the thread of possibly connected murders based on well-known mystery books. But the second half is oddly anti-climatic and disappointing, the promise unfulfilled. However, the book communicates the joy of perusing the shelves of a used book store, of discovering a new author and series, of holding a book in hand weighty with potential, and of rereading it years later with new perspective. Hmmmm. Perhaps it’s time to return to Agatha Christie . . .

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