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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Minette Walters writes thrillers that wed classic mystery conventions with contemporary sophistication. In The Ice House—winner of Britain’s John Creasey Award for best first crime novel—she serves up a chilling story of love, loyalty, and deadly intrigue.

A small British village has long suspected that the three women living in a local manor house are witches—or even worse. So when an unidentifiable body is found in the home’s ice house, everyone is set to believe their guilt, especially police inspector Walsh. Ten years ago, Walsh suspected one of the women of murder, but was unable to make a case. Now, he plans to do whatever it takes to untangle the women’s secrets. With one unexpected plot twist after another, Minette Walters delivers a mystery which surprises right through to the very end. Narrator Simon Prebble gives voice to Walters’ many wonderful characters and the dark web of secrets hidden deep beneath life’s surface.

©1992 Minette Walters (P)2000 Recorded Books

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Very Close to 5 Stars

Good story well told. Characters well developed and easy to identify with. Super narration. The ending was just a bit too "pat" for my tastes.

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A Mystery Gem by a Great Writer

"The triumph of the human condition was to face one small defeat after another and to survive them relatively intact."
Minette Walters ranks with wonderful writers who just happen to specialize in mysteries. Her stories are complex, the characters are brilliantly drawn, and the dialogue is crisp and compelling.
"The Ice House" is Walters' first novel. It involves a decent but troubled policeman who must deal with a murder case complicated by history, prejudice, and misperception. Much is learned about the nature of personal betrayal, human cruelty, and determined friendship. Do not miss this!

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Fantastic Listen

This book was fantastic. The writing was excellent, the characters were dynamic, and the plot was more than sufficient for what I hoped to get out of it. If you're looking for a good mystery novel, you're in the right place.

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Great read!

I am a Minette Walters fan. I only recently discovered this novel, however. Though it wasn't nearly as gory as some of her other work, it kept my attention and curiosity piqued through the very end.

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Really enjoyable

I've been reading a number of Minette Walters lately. Well, listening to... In the past I have read her and enjoyed her. I thought that this was a superior outing. I enjoyed the characters, enjoyed finding out the secrets that they possessed, and it had a great payoff.

Definitely recommend this book.

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Twists and turns galore

Dark and uplifting all at once. Wonderful narration . Excellent character development. Would "read"it again

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Enjoyable

I simply could not put it down. I spent a whole Sunday and woke up in the middle of the night to finish this book. It was brilliant!!!

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What a great story!

What made the experience of listening to The Ice House the most enjoyable?

It's so absorbing, that if you listen in the car, no matter where you're going, you will be there instantly!

What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

He's a great actor & I've listened to countless audio productions done by him. My husband thinks his inflections are too wide (he can't understand the softer bits) but I think he's wonderful.

Any additional comments?

You may want to get your hands on the BBC production of this, with Daniel Craig (FABULOUS) because this story twists & turns & keeps you guessing until the very last. It's got every element needed for a first class murder mystery!

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Strange but interesting mystery

I confess I bought this book primarily because it was narrated by Simon Prebble. His narrations can make great entertainment from even mediocre stories. This, however was not mediocre. It was in fact a well written mystery with a number of surprising twists.

I recommend it as worth the time and credit.

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Fine story, wonderful narrator

I’ve listened to Mr. Prebble narrate several British mysteries and find his style flawless and very pleasant. This is my first book by this author, and I’m very glad to have found her. The story and characters were interesting all the way through.