TITLE: Eight Perfect Murders
AUTHOR: Peter Swanson
PUBLISHER: Harper Audio / William Morrow
PUB. YEAR: 2020SETTING: Boston, MA - ME
FORMAT: eGalley/audio combo
RATING: - 5/5
Malcolm (Mal) Kershaw is the owner of Old Devil's Bookshop in Boston. It's a bookshop that specializes in old, hard to find books and Mal knows mysteries better than most in the business. Years earlier this mystery lover wrote an article in which he compiled a list of murder mystery book titles which he believed to be the perfect murders and impossible to solve.
When an FBI agent appears at the bookshop one day asking him lots of questions, he learns she is working on unsolved cases that appear to be based on the list that Malcom had created years earlier. The more the agent digs, the more we learn about Mal and the secrets he's kept along the way.
Peter Swanson is a mystery author that hasn't disappointed me yet and this book was another winner. It was the perfect reading/listening experience for me (my husband found it quite engaging as well). I loved how the protagonist's personal life gets exposed the more authorities dig into unsolved cases. Malcolm is a terrific, flawed, fully-fleshed-out character. This book had it all for me: intelligent mystery, lot's of clues, twists, a memorable protagonist and walk around Boston and New England and even a bookstore cat named Nero. I came out feeling exhilarated because now I have a list of some great mystery classics to try as well. The audio book was read by Graham Halstead and it was pitch perfect audio experience.
For mystery lovers interested in the perfect murders list ---
- ABC Murders; Agatha Christie
- Strangers on a Train; Patricia Highsmith
- Death Trap; Ira Levin (a play) (saw the play)
- Red House Mystery; A.A. Milne
- Malice Aforethought; Francis Iles (AKA: Anthony Berkeley Cox)
- Double Indemnity; James Cain
- The Drowner; John MacDonald
- A Secret History; Donna Tartt (read it)