When I was in Britain last summer and desperate for a good read, I asked the clerk what she recommended for someone who had just finished a Patricia Cornwell and enjoyed it. She suggested Minette Walters (The Ice House) and after reading it, I immediately ordered everything else Walters had written. These books have also made the rounds of my school, and we're all waiting with bated breath for the next one. If you love Hitchcock-type suspense thrillers, this is the book for you. Her characters are well-defined and believable, her plotting intricate. Better yet, as someone now unspeakably bored with the whining and tiresome Kay Scarpetta, each of Walters' novels is different from the others--and each is equally ingenious. A true "Queen of Crime," she far surpasses Ruth Rendell. I'd also highly recommend the Scold's Bridle--and the end of "The Sculptress" will leave you gasping in surprise.