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Minette Walters
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Book Description

Jan. 1 2009
Everyone knows Olive Martin, the huge and menacing woman who was found five years ago with the carved-up bodies of her mother and younger sister. Everyone knows how she pleaded guilty to murder at her trial. And everyone knows not to anger the Sculptress even now that she is safely locked in prison for a minimum of twenty-five years. When Rosalind Leigh accepts a commission to write a book about Olive, she finds herself wondering what lies behind all of these facts that everyone knows. When Roz first visits her in prison, she finds that Olive is not quite what she expected. And if - as Roz is repeatedly warned - Olive lies about almost everything, then why did she confess so readily to two hideous murders? The deeper she is drawn into the shadowy world of the Sculptress, the more firmly she is convinced that Olive is hiding something - perhaps even her innocence. But whom could Olive be protecting - and why?

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Convicted of the brutal ax murders of her mother and sister, Olive Martin spends her days in prison carving tiny human figures out of wax. Rosalind Leigh is a best-selling author whose publisher jolts her out of writer's block by telling her to research a book about Olive and the murders, or else. Though repelled by the idea at first, Rosalind soon becomes intrigued by her subject and begins to believe she may be innocent. She soon uncovers plenty of reasons to doubt the official police version of the killings and with Olive's help, untangles a sinister cover-up. The Sculptress won the 1994 Edgar Award for best mystery novel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This Edgar Award-winning mystery turns on the relationship between a troubled journalist and a woman convicted of a gruesome murder.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
While this is a thriller that isn't gripping, it is a lovely read and a good study. I really enjoyed the characters and the gentle twists that kept inviting me back to the page. She is bright and the simplicity of her writing is refreshing given that her characters are complex, slightly damaged and more than interesting. I find that Minette Walters makes me want to order another of her works as soon as I'm finished with the one I'm reading. I'm a little embarassed that when I mention her to friends who are avid readers - they have read everything by her already.
I suggest downloading as many as you can fit into a holiday read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best! Dec 13 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Other reviews here have summarized the plot...suffice it to say the plot is simple, and the characters are complex. That's what makes this novel so compelling: it's populated by real people, albeit not always very nice ones, and these people are making their way in a world which is not friendly to them. There's a layer of philosophy here too: organized religion, mysticism, and the occult all come into play as the story unfolds. It's a satisfyingly deep and well-written book, and I recommend it highly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing story March 19 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As this book begins, author Rosalind Leigh's world is falling apart. Torn up by a failed marriage, she develops writer's block and is unable to pursue her career. To jolt her out of the doldrums, her publisher decides to assign her the task of writing a book about Olive Martin, an obese woman who has confessed to the brutal slayings of her mother and her sister. Rosalind is reluctant at first, but after meeting Olive, she develops a fondness for her and begins to suspect that she is incapable of committing the crimes she has confessed to. Roz connects with Hal, the policeman who investigated the case, and they form a romantic partnership as well as an investigative one. This is a well-written book which keeps the suspense going, although the pace is a little slow at times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A different story Feb. 1 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The story of the book is very different from almost all the books that I have read and I have my own questions of the veracity of the facts when they happened 6 years before, but as I always say you read to have fun and you can't expect that everything written in a book is real.
The story of any person in jail is depressing, and I think that is more depressing if that person was innocent no matter what other people think (outside of jail of course).
The book is an easy book to read and is perfect for the beach or any vacations, because is not a turn pager but it keeps you reading, so if you have anything else to do you can stop reading any time.
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By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is an intriguing, well written mystery which garnered the 1994 Edgar Award for best novel of the year for British writer, Minette Walters, who has written quite a number of excellent books. She is a writer in the tradition of that other great British novelist, Ruth Rendell, known also as Barbara Vine. The comparison by those who are familiar with the works of both Ms. Walters and Ms. Rendell is inescapable.
This book revolves around two main stories that become by necessity intertwined. One is that of a morbidly obese, young woman, Olive Martin, who is imprisoned for the brutal and grisly murders of her mother, Gwen, and beautiful, younger sister, Amber, whose butchered bodies shocked even the most jaded of folks. On the eve of trial, Olive made a full confession to the crime and received a prison sentence of not less than twenty-five years for her butchery. Known in prison as "The Sculptress", she passes the time making miniature, carved, wax images, a delicate and sensitive pastime for one with a reputation for such primal savagery.
Enter Rosalind "Roz" Leigh, a thirties something author suffering from writer's block, who accepts a commission to write about the Olive Martin case. After meeting Olive, she becomes intrigued by her, finding her to be other than what she had expected, and a symbiotic relationship develops between the two. As she delves into the facts of the murder case, and as her interviews with Olive reveal, all is not quite what it seems. The more that Roz sorts through the facts and the more people that she interviews who were in some way associated with the Martin family, the more she becomes convinced that a miscarriage of justice has occurred and that the wrong person is paying a horrific price for the grisly murders of Gwen and Amber.
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3.0 out of 5 stars the sculptress July 15 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I couldn't wait to get this book ! I had read so many good reviews. The first 200 pages were so good that I could not read fast enough. Then it kind of went off the tract talking about the writers boyfriend's trouble, adding a whole lot of unnecessary characters. As though there weren't enough characters already. But where it really lost it for me was the ending.The person who actually committed the murders had no motive against the people who were killed and in no way would have the physical stength to kill these people in the manner in which they were killed. It's one thing to not have it be the first person who you suspect. You need some kind of suspense. But when the murderer is ridiculous that wrecks a book for me no matter how well it is written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Complex plot with a lot of surprises
I liked reading that book very much. The plot is complex and full of twists and turns and it leaves the reader more than once in complete disbelief and surprise. Read more
Published on June 19 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars enough surprises
The plot of this Edgar Award winning novel by one of Britain's hottest mystery writers is awfully familiar, but in Minette Walters capable hands it's still creepy, interesting and... Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2000 by Orrin C. Judd
5.0 out of 5 stars Really wonderful
I loved it.I think I've read it a hundred times and every time it 's gotten better.The problems of olive are described well but not yellow press like. Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2000 by anonymous
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't get it
As I read all the glowing praise for Walters and her finely crafted mysteries, I have to say, I don't get it. I think she's a terrible writer. Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2000 by A. Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Commuter Reading
This was the first Minette Walters book I have read and I have bought all her others since reading The Sculptress. Read more
Published on July 12 2000 by kanga
5.0 out of 5 stars eeww.
i know there are people as large as olive in this world, but the descriptions of her are just kinda gross. Read more
Published on July 6 2000 by "jessica-bklyn"
5.0 out of 5 stars THE SCULPTRESS -- A PERFECT TITLE FOR THIS BOOK
This is an intriguing story about Olive Martin, who is in prison for murdering and cutting up the bodies of her mother Gwen and her sister Amber. Read more
Published on June 18 2000 by Nancy Martin
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