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The Ice House: A Novel [Paperback]

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5.0 out of 5 stars Minette Walters Can Become An Addiction Feb. 27 2013
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OK so she is a mystery writer but I forget that part because I become enchanted by her characters who are so likeable - even with their quirks. This is a book that takes you to the locale with her ability to bring the written image to life.
I find the simplicity with which Minette writes very relaxing, yet her study of people and situations is stimulating.
The problem is that I don't want to the story to end because everything and everyone is so likeable.
Thanks Minette for the lovely read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A WORTHY DEBUT NOVEL... Jan. 17 2004
By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER
Winner of Britain's John Creasey Award for Best First Crime Novel, this splendid debut novel by the author is a tough act to follow. She weaves a marvelous mystery surrounding three women who live together in an English Country manor house, one of whom, Phoebe Maybury, is suspected of having murdered her bounder of a husband ten years ago. More recently, a corpse in found in an old icehouse on their property and rumors begin flying fast and furious about these three women.
Ostracized by the community in which they live, these three women become larger than life in the minds of the local townsfolk. The charming and artistic Diana Goode and the earthy, no nonsense Anne Catrell hunker about their housemate, Phoebe, as the events of the past threaten to crop up again and overwhelm her.
The police, led by Chief Inspector Walsh, a man with his own underlying agenda, seem intent upon putting the screws to these three women, fixating upon Phoebe Maybury. Only Sergeant Detective McLoughlin seems to be genuinely interested in discovering the truth. In order to do so, however, he must confront his own personal demons, as he finds himself drawn into a snare of deceit, good intentions gone awry, loyalty, and a secret that threatens to ruin the lives of three women.
The author cleverly uses the discovery of the corpse as a catalyst for a voyage of self-discovery for some of her characters. Brimming with a cornucopia of subplots and one or two red herrings, the author grips the reader with a literate and compelling narrative. She is a welcome addition to the ever growing list of British mystery novelists. This author's work should appeal to those who enjoy mysteries written by Ruth Rendell.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Read it March 7 2002
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Well, it's undoubtedly one of Walter's best novels. The best, I think, is "The Dark Room." The only drawback I find is that the main female character(s) is quite recognizable and keeps appearing on the pages of the author's every novel: a strong-willed woman maltreated by a wicked man and/or suffering from the unhealed wounds of the past. However, you have no time to think about it for the plot and Walter's brilliant language rapidly lead you through the cobweb woven of human sins and hidden poisonous desires. It'a a plasure to read, indeed. I've read all Walter's novels (published, of course) and can assure you that it is impossible to predict (based on the previous experience) who is the murderer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Walters to date Nov. 4 2001
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When a body is found in an abandoned ice house, an old murder case that the owner of the house would rather forget surfaces again. A really delightful combination of a traditional British mystery and a psychological detective story. The characters are satisfyingly human and Walters avoids most of the stereotypes that it's so easy for writers to fall into. At least as good as _The Scold's Bridal_.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly done Oct. 27 2001
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This page-turner incorporates a sharp psychological twists along with strong characterizations in a story that keeps the reader guessing. Skillfully intertwining shiftings point of view among women who have isolated themselves from the village they live in, this unique perspective on confront stereotyping and prejudice makes for thought provoking entertainment. Since reading this, the author has become one of my favorite mystery writers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Clever Mystery Jan. 24 2001
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The Ice House by Minette Walters tells the story of three women, Phoebe, Anne and Diana who live together in a mansion called Streech Grange. Their gardener Fred discovers a body in the ice house on the grounds. The police try to unravel the mystery and determine who the body is and who murdered him. There are numerous twist and turns and the reader becomes involved with the daily lives of the characters in the novel. This is a mystery which keeps you guessing until the end.
I would recommend this to a traditional mystery fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars read this book! Aug. 2 2000
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this is definitely worth reading. the only thing about the book that bothered me was the picture on the cover didn't match the image in my head of the mansion. besides that, this book was amazing! the characters are very well developed, walters constantly keeps changing the rules and keeps you guessing til the very end. having read some of her other books, i would have to say that this pattern is consistant thru all her books and makes her an author worthy of the awards she's won. just remember...nothing in this book is quite what it seems...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best of Minette Walters Aug. 1 2000
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This is the better of the Minette Walters books (although the Scold's Bridle is also good). Interesting enough, with the various ingredients of the mystery, and the "truth" is not apparent until the end. Overall, a very good read, but might keep one up at nights until they finish the book.
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