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The Ice House ➠ [Epub] ➚ The Ice House By Minette Walters ➪ – Polishdarling.co.uk The people of Streech village had never trusted the three women living up at the Grange not since Phoebe Maybury s husband suddenly, inexplicably vanished Ten years later a corpse is discovered in the The people of Streech village had never trusted the three women living up at the Grange not since Phoebe Maybury s husband suddenly, inexplicably vanished Ten years later a corpse is discovered in the grounds and Phoebe s nightmare begins.

  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • The Ice House
  • Minette Walters
  • English
  • 10 March 2018
  • 0333733673

About the Author: Minette Walters

Minette Walters born September is a British mystery writer After studying at Trevelyan College, University of Durham, she began writing in with The Ice House, which was published in She followed this with The Sculptress , which received the Edgar Award for Best Novel She has been published in countries and won many awardsThe Sculptress has been adapted for television in a BBC series starring Pauline Quirke Her novels The Ice House, The Echo, The Dark Room, and The Scold s Bridle have also been adapted by the BBC.



10 thoughts on “The Ice House

  1. Gary Gary says:

    I read several Minette Walters books while on holiday and found them very well written.I found them very powerful and slightly different to the normal style of Mystery Crime writers.Very good reads.

  2. John John says:

    I ve read several of Walters s later novels and for the most part enjoyed them a great deal Her writing has a tremendous fluency, while she has the ability to create very real characters the net result is thrillers that have a fine pace and an admirable depth of reader involvement.Had I not vaguely remembered that The Ice House was her debut novel, I d have been startled The writing s quite often pretty clumsy, the narrative seems a bit disjointed as if the book had been written piecemeal ove I ve read several of Walters s later novels and for the most part enjoyed them a great deal Her writing has a tremendous fluency, while she has the ability to create very real characters the net result is thrillers that have a fine pace and an admirable depth of reader involvement.Had I not vaguely remembered that The Ice House was her debut novel, I d have been startled The writing s quite often pretty clumsy, the narrative seems a bit disjointed as if the book had been written piecemeal over an extended period and then not subjected to a stringent enough editing, the characters seem to act inconsistently and sometimes in a rather adolescent fashion , there s an over readiness to opt for melodrama with each new revelation, and there s a certain level of snobbery that s pretty unappealing For all that, the novel does remain very readable I shot through it in just a few hours.The plot in short The three women who live at Streech Grange are ostracized by the local villagers Not only are they obviously lezzies set on corrupting the neighborhood s daughters, ten years ago one of them, Phoebe, obviously killed her husband David, who has never been seen since Now a rotted corpse has been discovered in the abandoned ice house on the Streech Grange estate, and the rumor spreads like wildfire that the body is David s Inspector Walsh, who headed the original murder inquiry when David disappeared, and his sidekick, the rough diamond Detective Sergeant Andy McLoughlin, take charge of the case Andy finds himself maddeningly both repelled and attracted by one of the three friends, Anne Cattrell, and the feeling s mutual .Part of the circumstances of the novel make this a sort of distant cousin to Josephine Tey s The Franchise Affair 1948 , Lillian Hellman s The Children s Hour 1934 and even Shirley Jackson s We Have Always Lived in the Castle 1962 It s a less dominant element here but, as I ve always been especially terrified by the mindless, sadistic persecutionary viciousness of the lynch mob and its analogues such as the witch hunt in which victims are powerless in face of the mob, this part hit me quite hard.Because of the overall amateurishness relative, because I m sure plenty of authors would have been proud to have this as their first novel there s the sense throughout that this could well have been a screen story, written not for publication but to be the basis of a screenplay And indeed it has served that function A good few years ago I watched the 1996 TV movie miniseries adaptation of The Ice House, with Daniel Craig and Kitty Aldridge, and from what I can remember that made for a muchsatisfying, rounded rendition of the tale

  3. Nandini Nandini says:

    S I are arguing about how this book ended up in our house at all I think he ordered it from the library and he insists it must have been me Whatever It was a really good read regardless.Three women, Phoebe Maybury, Diana Thomson and Anne Cattrell, are the residents of Streech Grange, and are under suspicion for murder Again Ten years ago, Phoebe s husband David disappeared conveniently into thin air but there was neither a body nor any other evidence to connect Phoebe to his murder Now, S I are arguing about how this book ended up in our house at all I think he ordered it from the library and he insists it must have been me Whatever It was a really good read regardless.Three women, Phoebe Maybury, Diana Thomson and Anne Cattrell, are the residents of Streech Grange, and are under suspicion for murder Again Ten years ago, Phoebe s husband David disappeared conveniently into thin air but there was neither a body nor any other evidence to connect Phoebe to his murder Now, a disgusting, decomposing, unidentifiably ravaged dead body has turned up in the ice house Could it possibly be David Maybury Chief Inspector Walsh is thrilled at the prospect of finally solving his first ever case Sergeant McLoughlin is simply trying to get through the investigation without losing his temper and the mostly liquid contents of his stomach The three lesbians , though, are tougher andcanny opponents than either of them imagine.I loved the characters They re complex, each one of them, and in possession of human dignity usually denied to most fictional characters especially the ones the writer finds politically, morally or socially questionable No such discrimination in this book.I also loved the story s up to date cosy sensibility It s a rural English murder mystery, but we have cell phones and internet and feminism and all that jazz Good to see a genre like this one keeping up with the times Though, since I don t read mysteries that often, I might be giving this book too much credit for something that may be standard fare these days Please enlighten me if that s the case The plot is meaty and juicy and other carnivorous sounding adjectives as well Also it has the requisite twists, though none that will actually blow your stockings off Maybe enough to make a couple of ladders spontaneously appear Adequate.What I found questionable was the personality transplant one of the main characters got about halfway through the novel, apparantly SOLELY for the purpose of turning that character into a believable love interest for another main character Nah, not buying it And I despair at YET another romance that begins with the couple just drop dead hating each other at first sight.Muchproblematic is the use of omniscient 3rd person POV This author hops from one character s head to another s within the space of single, unbroken paragraphs, and inserts statements that are clearly the authorial voice in addition, so that very often I was confused about what was going on For example, take the sentence He hung on to her every word adoringly This could mean very different things depending on who is thinking it If the author is telling me this, I will take it as a simple statement of fact the guy is smitten If this is the woman s observation, I ll take it with a slight pinch of salt, because no person is a perfectly accurate judge of what s going on in another person s head If the man is telling me this, I ll take it with a huge pinch of salt because he has been shown to be deliberately deceptive in the past.The context and placement of this sentence gave me no way of knowing from whose point of view it was written And there are manysuch instances throughout the book, which made for a somewhat confusing read at times, until I stopped letting it bug me too much

  4. Vanessa Vanessa says:

    Oh my god I m so glad it s over It s been a while since I ve read a book so damn frustrating.This book only got two stars because it had an interesting setting, fascinating secondary characters and suspects and the resolution of the case managed to surprise me in the end.BUT I ve never read a crime novel where I was rooting for the murderer to show up and off the two main investigators so badly They were such misogynistic, homophobic, judgemental assholes, I don t even know what to say I actu Oh my god I m so glad it s over It s been a while since I ve read a book so damn frustrating.This book only got two stars because it had an interesting setting, fascinating secondary characters and suspects and the resolution of the case managed to surprise me in the end.BUT I ve never read a crime novel where I was rooting for the murderer to show up and off the two main investigators so badly They were such misogynistic, homophobic, judgemental assholes, I don t even know what to say I actually had to look up if the book was really written by a womanthan once, just to be sure Which resulted in me asking myself several times if I, as the reader, was even supposed to root for them Maybe I was supposed to root for the suspects, three really cool ladies I asked myself that till around 30 pages before the end when one of the assholes got a personality transplant and it turned out that yes, I was really supposed to root for one of them at least My eyes almost rolled out of the sockets when that dude with the worst neckbeard attitude towards women was suddenly their biggest defender and a beacon of human kindness in the eyes of the others.Oh, and in case anyone is looking for any positive portrayal of lesbians because of summaries they found Don t get your hopes up view spoiler All three women are straight as arrows and while the people of the village are definitely not sympathetic characters, it s still not nice to read about perversions I can remember maybe two instances where someone didn t react with disgust at the accusation hide spoiler I m pretty disappointed, cause I ve read and liked another book of the same author before and the summary on the back of the book sounded really good Guess this was the author s first book, so I will probably read some of her later books unless the next one is similar to this

  5. S.P. Aruna S.P. Aruna says:

    A dead body is discovered in the ice house of a country manor, a body with no identifying marks, not even fingerprints Throw in the three eccentric women who live on the manor and their controversial past, tongues are wagging out all sorts of conspiracies spiced with sexual innuendos The characters are offbeat and the reader gets a picture of the incestuous social setting in a small English village, whcih was enough for me to find it interesting..

  6. F.R. F.R. says:

    Ten years after a brutish businessman walked out on his wife and children and was never seen again, a dead and decayed body shows up in a forgotten corner of their country estate Is it the missing husband finally discovered And if so, is his wife the prime suspect in the original case really the killer This cross between a police procedural and a country house murder has a good and twisting plot, but suffers from the fact that many of its characters fall into the hinterland between caricat Ten years after a brutish businessman walked out on his wife and children and was never seen again, a dead and decayed body shows up in a forgotten corner of their country estate Is it the missing husband finally discovered And if so, is his wife the prime suspect in the original case really the killer This cross between a police procedural and a country house murder has a good and twisting plot, but suffers from the fact that many of its characters fall into the hinterland between caricature and actual character Walters does provide the reader withdetails than Dame Agatha Christie would have, but they still don t leap off the page as real, living people and the plot suffers as a consequence It s difficult for the reader to truly empathise at the big confrontations, or to be surprised at the sudden shocks as we don t know these people well enough to genuinely care, nor have a firm understanding on what they would or wouldn t do In addition, I can accept the ostensibly unsympathetic policeman actually being sympathetic and vice versa , but it happens so suddenly in this book as to make the Damascene Conversion look long and drawn out.It maintains its air of mystery well and the denouement was not quite what I was expecting well the very last bit was and I ll give it points for that, but this feltlike a book to pass the time than to be riveted by

  7. Kelsie Kelsie says:

    It took me forever to finish this book because I really wasn t feeling it.It was a who dunnit novel but I ended up not caring who dunnit I felt the writing was all over the place, there were too many generic characters that I got muddled up who was who, I really lost track a few times due to it being so generic and the story had about as much interest as beige paint.It was below average, it wasn t terrible hence the 2 stars but it didn t stand out what so ever It was just so bland When all It took me forever to finish this book because I really wasn t feeling it.It was a who dunnit novel but I ended up not caring who dunnit I felt the writing was all over the place, there were too many generic characters that I got muddled up who was who, I really lost track a few times due to it being so generic and the story had about as much interest as beige paint.It was below average, it wasn t terrible hence the 2 stars but it didn t stand out what so ever It was just so bland When all the puzzle pieces were put together all I could muster up was huh, well thank God that s over Can t say it makes me want to read another Minette Walters book again.x

  8. TheMadHatter TheMadHatter says:

    A lovely lady I work with gave me a pile of her favourite books to read for the holidays I love being given books and I like the idea of picking up something I would not normally have readbut at the same time it is a double edged sword as you feel compelled to want to love it too This murder mystery book was written in 1993 and I think my biggest issue with it is that it has dated badly over the past 25 years especially the sexist remarks, the homophobic remarks, the abuse that is tolerat A lovely lady I work with gave me a pile of her favourite books to read for the holidays I love being given books and I like the idea of picking up something I would not normally have readbut at the same time it is a double edged sword as you feel compelled to want to love it too This murder mystery book was written in 1993 and I think my biggest issue with it is that it has dated badly over the past 25 years especially the sexist remarks, the homophobic remarks, the abuse that is tolerated.it really was difficult for me to embrace these characters at all The mystery though was quite well done and although all the loose ends were tied up, I am not quite sure whether you would be able to pick it on the clues provided and that there were so many side characters to keep track of that it all became rather confusing in the end I had never heard of an Ice House before so I confess, the most exciting thing I found about the book was when I put the book down and started reading up on Ice Houses structures designed to store ice prior to the invention of the refrigerator and of course the site for the body to be found in this book I love learning new things when I read and it doesn t matter what you readthere is always a new word idea concept to ponder An okay readReading ChallengeAussie Reader s 2019 December Challenge Read books that titles spell out the word Xmas RobIn

  9. N.N. Light N.N. Light says:

    I know this is for the hardcover but I actually read the mass market.I read a later book by Minette Walters and fell in love with her writing style This is her debut noel and honestly, it s superb Ice House is the story of three women living in an English manor house One of them has been accused of murdering her husband ten years ago Flash forward and a body is discovered in the ice house Suddenly, all three women are suspects and the local village folk don t know what to think Tongues wag I know this is for the hardcover but I actually read the mass market.I read a later book by Minette Walters and fell in love with her writing style This is her debut noel and honestly, it s superb Ice House is the story of three women living in an English manor house One of them has been accused of murdering her husband ten years ago Flash forward and a body is discovered in the ice house Suddenly, all three women are suspects and the local village folk don t know what to think Tongues wag, as they usually do in small English villages, and hatred spreads like wildfire Thethe police unravel, the deeper the mystery A superb mystery that kept me up half the night Highly recommend My Rating 4 stars

  10. Jessica Woodbury Jessica Woodbury says:

    I was complaining on Twitter that I don t have enough mystery series to follow or mystery authors who are consistently putting out great books Minette Walters was someone I d never heard of before, but she was recommended by author Stephanie Gayle and I m hugely grateful for it I feel like Walters and I will have a long and happy relationship.With The Ice House Walters manages to update the old school Christie style manor house mystery with modern characters and settings Regular references t I was complaining on Twitter that I don t have enough mystery series to follow or mystery authors who are consistently putting out great books Minette Walters was someone I d never heard of before, but she was recommended by author Stephanie Gayle and I m hugely grateful for it I feel like Walters and I will have a long and happy relationship.With The Ice House Walters manages to update the old school Christie style manor house mystery with modern characters and settings Regular references to lesbianism, alcoholism, birth control, etc help remind you that you re not in one of those old 30 s novels, but it s easy to forget with Walters breezy yet classic style It s a fairly complex plot that starts off appearing quite simple, another Christie hallmark Everything does get shaken out in the end, and the answers are both unexpected and totally logical I will definitely be reading muchWalters, hopefully my library has her entire repertoire How did I go this long without knowing about her

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10 thoughts on “The Ice House

  1. Gary Gary says:

    I read several Minette Walters books while on holiday and found them very well written.I found them very powerful and slightly different to the normal style of Mystery Crime writers.Very good reads.


  2. John John says:

    I ve read several of Walters s later novels and for the most part enjoyed them a great deal Her writing has a tremendous fluency, while she has the ability to create very real characters the net result is thrillers that have a fine pace and an admirable depth of reader involvement.Had I not vaguely remembered that The Ice House was her debut novel, I d have been startled The writing s quite often pretty clumsy, the narrative seems a bit disjointed as if the book had been written piecemeal ove I ve read several of Walters s later novels and for the most part enjoyed them a great deal Her writing has a tremendous fluency, while she has the ability to create very real characters the net result is thrillers that have a fine pace and an admirable depth of reader involvement.Had I not vaguely remembered that The Ice House was her debut novel, I d have been startled The writing s quite often pretty clumsy, the narrative seems a bit disjointed as if the book had been written piecemeal over an extended period and then not subjected to a stringent enough editing, the characters seem to act inconsistently and sometimes in a rather adolescent fashion , there s an over readiness to opt for melodrama with each new revelation, and there s a certain level of snobbery that s pretty unappealing For all that, the novel does remain very readable I shot through it in just a few hours.The plot in short The three women who live at Streech Grange are ostracized by the local villagers Not only are they obviously lezzies set on corrupting the neighborhood s daughters, ten years ago one of them, Phoebe, obviously killed her husband David, who has never been seen since Now a rotted corpse has been discovered in the abandoned ice house on the Streech Grange estate, and the rumor spreads like wildfire that the body is David s Inspector Walsh, who headed the original murder inquiry when David disappeared, and his sidekick, the rough diamond Detective Sergeant Andy McLoughlin, take charge of the case Andy finds himself maddeningly both repelled and attracted by one of the three friends, Anne Cattrell, and the feeling s mutual .Part of the circumstances of the novel make this a sort of distant cousin to Josephine Tey s The Franchise Affair 1948 , Lillian Hellman s The Children s Hour 1934 and even Shirley Jackson s We Have Always Lived in the Castle 1962 It s a less dominant element here but, as I ve always been especially terrified by the mindless, sadistic persecutionary viciousness of the lynch mob and its analogues such as the witch hunt in which victims are powerless in face of the mob, this part hit me quite hard.Because of the overall amateurishness relative, because I m sure plenty of authors would have been proud to have this as their first novel there s the sense throughout that this could well have been a screen story, written not for publication but to be the basis of a screenplay And indeed it has served that function A good few years ago I watched the 1996 TV movie miniseries adaptation of The Ice House, with Daniel Craig and Kitty Aldridge, and from what I can remember that made for a muchsatisfying, rounded rendition of the tale


  3. Nandini Nandini says:

    S I are arguing about how this book ended up in our house at all I think he ordered it from the library and he insists it must have been me Whatever It was a really good read regardless.Three women, Phoebe Maybury, Diana Thomson and Anne Cattrell, are the residents of Streech Grange, and are under suspicion for murder Again Ten years ago, Phoebe s husband David disappeared conveniently into thin air but there was neither a body nor any other evidence to connect Phoebe to his murder Now, S I are arguing about how this book ended up in our house at all I think he ordered it from the library and he insists it must have been me Whatever It was a really good read regardless.Three women, Phoebe Maybury, Diana Thomson and Anne Cattrell, are the residents of Streech Grange, and are under suspicion for murder Again Ten years ago, Phoebe s husband David disappeared conveniently into thin air but there was neither a body nor any other evidence to connect Phoebe to his murder Now, a disgusting, decomposing, unidentifiably ravaged dead body has turned up in the ice house Could it possibly be David Maybury Chief Inspector Walsh is thrilled at the prospect of finally solving his first ever case Sergeant McLoughlin is simply trying to get through the investigation without losing his temper and the mostly liquid contents of his stomach The three lesbians , though, are tougher andcanny opponents than either of them imagine.I loved the characters They re complex, each one of them, and in possession of human dignity usually denied to most fictional characters especially the ones the writer finds politically, morally or socially questionable No such discrimination in this book.I also loved the story s up to date cosy sensibility It s a rural English murder mystery, but we have cell phones and internet and feminism and all that jazz Good to see a genre like this one keeping up with the times Though, since I don t read mysteries that often, I might be giving this book too much credit for something that may be standard fare these days Please enlighten me if that s the case The plot is meaty and juicy and other carnivorous sounding adjectives as well Also it has the requisite twists, though none that will actually blow your stockings off Maybe enough to make a couple of ladders spontaneously appear Adequate.What I found questionable was the personality transplant one of the main characters got about halfway through the novel, apparantly SOLELY for the purpose of turning that character into a believable love interest for another main character Nah, not buying it And I despair at YET another romance that begins with the couple just drop dead hating each other at first sight.Muchproblematic is the use of omniscient 3rd person POV This author hops from one character s head to another s within the space of single, unbroken paragraphs, and inserts statements that are clearly the authorial voice in addition, so that very often I was confused about what was going on For example, take the sentence He hung on to her every word adoringly This could mean very different things depending on who is thinking it If the author is telling me this, I will take it as a simple statement of fact the guy is smitten If this is the woman s observation, I ll take it with a slight pinch of salt, because no person is a perfectly accurate judge of what s going on in another person s head If the man is telling me this, I ll take it with a huge pinch of salt because he has been shown to be deliberately deceptive in the past.The context and placement of this sentence gave me no way of knowing from whose point of view it was written And there are manysuch instances throughout the book, which made for a somewhat confusing read at times, until I stopped letting it bug me too much


  4. Vanessa Vanessa says:

    Oh my god I m so glad it s over It s been a while since I ve read a book so damn frustrating.This book only got two stars because it had an interesting setting, fascinating secondary characters and suspects and the resolution of the case managed to surprise me in the end.BUT I ve never read a crime novel where I was rooting for the murderer to show up and off the two main investigators so badly They were such misogynistic, homophobic, judgemental assholes, I don t even know what to say I actu Oh my god I m so glad it s over It s been a while since I ve read a book so damn frustrating.This book only got two stars because it had an interesting setting, fascinating secondary characters and suspects and the resolution of the case managed to surprise me in the end.BUT I ve never read a crime novel where I was rooting for the murderer to show up and off the two main investigators so badly They were such misogynistic, homophobic, judgemental assholes, I don t even know what to say I actually had to look up if the book was really written by a womanthan once, just to be sure Which resulted in me asking myself several times if I, as the reader, was even supposed to root for them Maybe I was supposed to root for the suspects, three really cool ladies I asked myself that till around 30 pages before the end when one of the assholes got a personality transplant and it turned out that yes, I was really supposed to root for one of them at least My eyes almost rolled out of the sockets when that dude with the worst neckbeard attitude towards women was suddenly their biggest defender and a beacon of human kindness in the eyes of the others.Oh, and in case anyone is looking for any positive portrayal of lesbians because of summaries they found Don t get your hopes up view spoiler All three women are straight as arrows and while the people of the village are definitely not sympathetic characters, it s still not nice to read about perversions I can remember maybe two instances where someone didn t react with disgust at the accusation hide spoiler I m pretty disappointed, cause I ve read and liked another book of the same author before and the summary on the back of the book sounded really good Guess this was the author s first book, so I will probably read some of her later books unless the next one is similar to this


  5. S.P. Aruna S.P. Aruna says:

    A dead body is discovered in the ice house of a country manor, a body with no identifying marks, not even fingerprints Throw in the three eccentric women who live on the manor and their controversial past, tongues are wagging out all sorts of conspiracies spiced with sexual innuendos The characters are offbeat and the reader gets a picture of the incestuous social setting in a small English village, whcih was enough for me to find it interesting..


  6. F.R. F.R. says:

    Ten years after a brutish businessman walked out on his wife and children and was never seen again, a dead and decayed body shows up in a forgotten corner of their country estate Is it the missing husband finally discovered And if so, is his wife the prime suspect in the original case really the killer This cross between a police procedural and a country house murder has a good and twisting plot, but suffers from the fact that many of its characters fall into the hinterland between caricat Ten years after a brutish businessman walked out on his wife and children and was never seen again, a dead and decayed body shows up in a forgotten corner of their country estate Is it the missing husband finally discovered And if so, is his wife the prime suspect in the original case really the killer This cross between a police procedural and a country house murder has a good and twisting plot, but suffers from the fact that many of its characters fall into the hinterland between caricature and actual character Walters does provide the reader withdetails than Dame Agatha Christie would have, but they still don t leap off the page as real, living people and the plot suffers as a consequence It s difficult for the reader to truly empathise at the big confrontations, or to be surprised at the sudden shocks as we don t know these people well enough to genuinely care, nor have a firm understanding on what they would or wouldn t do In addition, I can accept the ostensibly unsympathetic policeman actually being sympathetic and vice versa , but it happens so suddenly in this book as to make the Damascene Conversion look long and drawn out.It maintains its air of mystery well and the denouement was not quite what I was expecting well the very last bit was and I ll give it points for that, but this feltlike a book to pass the time than to be riveted by


  7. Kelsie Kelsie says:

    It took me forever to finish this book because I really wasn t feeling it.It was a who dunnit novel but I ended up not caring who dunnit I felt the writing was all over the place, there were too many generic characters that I got muddled up who was who, I really lost track a few times due to it being so generic and the story had about as much interest as beige paint.It was below average, it wasn t terrible hence the 2 stars but it didn t stand out what so ever It was just so bland When all It took me forever to finish this book because I really wasn t feeling it.It was a who dunnit novel but I ended up not caring who dunnit I felt the writing was all over the place, there were too many generic characters that I got muddled up who was who, I really lost track a few times due to it being so generic and the story had about as much interest as beige paint.It was below average, it wasn t terrible hence the 2 stars but it didn t stand out what so ever It was just so bland When all the puzzle pieces were put together all I could muster up was huh, well thank God that s over Can t say it makes me want to read another Minette Walters book again.x


  8. TheMadHatter TheMadHatter says:

    A lovely lady I work with gave me a pile of her favourite books to read for the holidays I love being given books and I like the idea of picking up something I would not normally have readbut at the same time it is a double edged sword as you feel compelled to want to love it too This murder mystery book was written in 1993 and I think my biggest issue with it is that it has dated badly over the past 25 years especially the sexist remarks, the homophobic remarks, the abuse that is tolerat A lovely lady I work with gave me a pile of her favourite books to read for the holidays I love being given books and I like the idea of picking up something I would not normally have readbut at the same time it is a double edged sword as you feel compelled to want to love it too This murder mystery book was written in 1993 and I think my biggest issue with it is that it has dated badly over the past 25 years especially the sexist remarks, the homophobic remarks, the abuse that is tolerated.it really was difficult for me to embrace these characters at all The mystery though was quite well done and although all the loose ends were tied up, I am not quite sure whether you would be able to pick it on the clues provided and that there were so many side characters to keep track of that it all became rather confusing in the end I had never heard of an Ice House before so I confess, the most exciting thing I found about the book was when I put the book down and started reading up on Ice Houses structures designed to store ice prior to the invention of the refrigerator and of course the site for the body to be found in this book I love learning new things when I read and it doesn t matter what you readthere is always a new word idea concept to ponder An okay readReading ChallengeAussie Reader s 2019 December Challenge Read books that titles spell out the word Xmas RobIn


  9. N.N. Light N.N. Light says:

    I know this is for the hardcover but I actually read the mass market.I read a later book by Minette Walters and fell in love with her writing style This is her debut noel and honestly, it s superb Ice House is the story of three women living in an English manor house One of them has been accused of murdering her husband ten years ago Flash forward and a body is discovered in the ice house Suddenly, all three women are suspects and the local village folk don t know what to think Tongues wag I know this is for the hardcover but I actually read the mass market.I read a later book by Minette Walters and fell in love with her writing style This is her debut noel and honestly, it s superb Ice House is the story of three women living in an English manor house One of them has been accused of murdering her husband ten years ago Flash forward and a body is discovered in the ice house Suddenly, all three women are suspects and the local village folk don t know what to think Tongues wag, as they usually do in small English villages, and hatred spreads like wildfire Thethe police unravel, the deeper the mystery A superb mystery that kept me up half the night Highly recommend My Rating 4 stars


  10. Jessica Woodbury Jessica Woodbury says:

    I was complaining on Twitter that I don t have enough mystery series to follow or mystery authors who are consistently putting out great books Minette Walters was someone I d never heard of before, but she was recommended by author Stephanie Gayle and I m hugely grateful for it I feel like Walters and I will have a long and happy relationship.With The Ice House Walters manages to update the old school Christie style manor house mystery with modern characters and settings Regular references t I was complaining on Twitter that I don t have enough mystery series to follow or mystery authors who are consistently putting out great books Minette Walters was someone I d never heard of before, but she was recommended by author Stephanie Gayle and I m hugely grateful for it I feel like Walters and I will have a long and happy relationship.With The Ice House Walters manages to update the old school Christie style manor house mystery with modern characters and settings Regular references to lesbianism, alcoholism, birth control, etc help remind you that you re not in one of those old 30 s novels, but it s easy to forget with Walters breezy yet classic style It s a fairly complex plot that starts off appearing quite simple, another Christie hallmark Everything does get shaken out in the end, and the answers are both unexpected and totally logical I will definitely be reading muchWalters, hopefully my library has her entire repertoire How did I go this long without knowing about her


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