Eight Perfect Murders

Eight Perfect Murders

A Novel

eBook - 2020
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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" -- Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062838216
9780062838209
Branch Call Number: FICTION Swa
Description: 1 online resource (270 pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Alternative Title: 8 perfect murders

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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... But no one is more surprised than Mal, now the owner of ... Read More »


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BARosen1112
Oct 06, 2020

Used bookstore proprietor/half-owner Malcolm wrote a blog entry on his bookstore's web page some years back listing eight "perfect" fictional murders. Someone is using Malcolm's long-forgotten list as a blueprint for his own murders, and Malcolm has been enlisted by an attractive young female (is there any other kind?) FBI agent with a personal stake in the outcome to help her unravel the mystery of which of Malcolm's blog readers is the murderer. Not a bad basis for an interesting mystery, but Peter Swanson's novel falls inexplicably flat. The lead character/narrator isn't that interesting, and the most interesting character - the FBI agent - disappears in the second half. The ending - particularly whodunit - is a surprise, but that's more because it's so out of left field than careful plotting. Not a fan.

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Dee_BPL
Sep 29, 2020

Rated 3 stars because while the novel has a great concept - I couldn't have cared less about any of the characters in the novel. None were particularly likeable so I wasn't very invested in the story unfortunately!

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25Artist
Aug 15, 2020

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 11, 2020

*This book contains struggles with alcohol and drug addiction* I cannot even begin to express how disappointed I was after finishing this book. Starting it, I had so much hope and within the first 3 chapters, I was crushed. The plot as a whole was really interesting, and I liked how the author incorporated eight famous “perfect murder” stories; however, I don’t think they were put together in a way that made enough sense. I found there to be a few not so minor loopholes that I just couldn’t look past. In my opinion, the later chapters had things that were rushed and thrown together, for the sole purpose of tying up a loose plotline. In the end, I liked the idea and the principle of the book more than the actual book. 2.5/5
@LucindatheGreen of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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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!

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