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Rules for Perfect Murders
Rules for Perfect Murders | Peter Swanson
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'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?
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Magpiegem
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39/22 This was a quick, easy listen that I picked up as a pallet cleanser. It did a pretty good job of keeping me guessing but I would say the character development was a little lacking to make it really good. One thing I will say is that I finished it a couple of days ago, and so immediately forgot everything about it that I had to go read a synopsis before I could remember the plot 😬! #192025 #2020 #roadtripusa2022 #massachusetts

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Cazxxx
Mehso-so

This was a decent read if somewhat predictable. I did enjoy the story and the references to crime books. This author has been very hit and miss for me

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twinkletoes74
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This did not have the ending I expected. Very enjoyable with a few twists and turns.

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IReadThereforeIBlog
Mehso-so

Peter Swanson‘s mystery thriller has a great premise and makes good use of the idea of the perfect murder while respectfully discussing the 8 books at the heart of its plot. However every character other than Malcolm is under-developed to the point of being little more than a plot device and having guessed the twist very early on, I found the book to be predictable towards the end so while it‘s not a terrible read, it‘s not a great one either.

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emmaturi
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One of my current reads, it is very interesting indeed! #currentlyreading

BarbaraBB It does sound good! 2y
emmaturi I finished it now and wow!! @BarbaraBB 2y
BarbaraBB Okay, I‘m convinced! #stacked 💕 2y
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Lucy_Anywhere
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#TBRPile Day 6 📚 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.

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FromMyLectory
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"Eight classic murders. A crime obsessed book nerd. A psychopath on a killing spree."
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Dark and pyramided, this twisty thriller has a clever plot expertly guided by strong writing. Although the book misses the "glued from first page" effect, the tension in the plot is enough to keep you going at it. Malcolm Kershaw won me over and he felt like someone I could befriend. No wonder Peter Swanson is an auto buy for me!!

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MrT
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Mehso-so

Started well then lost it's way. Could have been so much better.

Latest 2020 reads.

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Mitch
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When stress levels go up - my comfort reading is crime fiction...... not quite sure how that works, but hey!

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/mar/13/your-coronavirus-reading-list-read...

DGRachel It‘s one of my go-to escape genres, too. 😊 I think it‘s because they keep your brain busy trying to solve a problem (the crime), so you can‘t be focused on the world crumbling around you. (edited) 3y
Susanita Procedural mysteries are my book version of mac n cheese. 3y
JamieArc There is a lot written about this, actually. Specifically having to do with why so many women love true crime. 3y
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TrishB Me too! My go to when stressed. 3y
ShelleyH @JamieArc @TrishB Perhaps it's easier to solve fake problems when our own are so impossible. 3y
Mitch @DGRachel Agreed - and I think the securing of knowing i'll be given an ending works for me! 3y
Mitch @Susanita That's a brilliant description - for me it'd be a book version of a Sunday roast! 3y
JamieArc @Mitch No but I just stacked it! Thanks! 3y
TrishB @ShelleyH yes and there‘s always an ending! 3y
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veritysalter
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3% in and I‘m hooked - An expert in detective fiction and a string of murders that are eerily similar to Agatha Christie‘s Poirot novel The ABC Murders #peterswanson #netgalley #faberandfaber EDIT: I think it‘s coming out under the new title of Eight Perfect Murders.

Geenie 😂 @ the title 3y
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