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Book Review: Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

Eight Perfect Murders (aka Rules for Perfect Murders in the UK) by Peter Swanson

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

BUG Rating: 5/5

Overall: Mystery loves … this one is for YOU 👀

I binged through Eight Perfect Murders (aka Rules for perfect murders 🇬🇧) on a gloomy Sunday. It was literally the PERFECT read 🙌🏻

What I loved, was the the fact murders were centred around a bookseller, and previous famous murder mysteries books. What a DREAM 😍 (👉🏻 Swipe for full plot!)

🔎 The character development was fantastic. I loved all the characters. And how Swason brought to life Malcolm was AMAZING! 👏🏻 I really felt inside his head! 👏🏻

The book was really fast paced and a quick read. Full of twists and turns as we are on the hunt for a clever killer 🕵️‍♀️ I really enjoyed the ride and highly recommend this book for any crime junkie 🤓 And it’s rare … this one got ALL the stars from me! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Plot:

A chilling tale of psychological suspense and an homage to the thriller genre tailor-made for fans: the story of a bookseller who finds himself at the center of an FBI investigation because a very clever killer has started using his list of fiction’s most ingenious murders.

Years ago, bookseller and mystery aficionado Malcolm Kershaw compiled a list of the genre’s most unsolvable murders, those that are almost impossible to crack—which he titled “Eight Perfect Murders”—chosen from among the best of the best including Agatha Christie’s A. B. C. Murders, Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train, Ira Levin’s Death Trap, A. A. Milne’s Red House Mystery, Anthony Berkeley Cox’s Malice Aforethought, James M. Cain’s Double Indemnity, John D. Macdonald’s The Drowner, and Donna Tartt’s A Secret History.

But no one is more surprised than Mal, now the owner of the Old Devils Bookshop in Boston, when an FBI agent comes knocking on his door one snowy day in February. She’s looking for information about a series of unsolved murders that look eerily similar to the killings on Mal’s old list. And the FBI agent isn’t the only one interested in this bookseller who spends almost every night at home reading. The killer is out there, watching his every move—a diabolical threat who knows way too much about Mal’s personal history, especially the secrets he’s never told anyone, even his recently deceased wife.

To protect himself, Mal begins looking into possible suspects—and sees a killer in everyone around him. But Mal doesn’t count on the investigation leaving a trail of death in its wake. Suddenly, a series of shocking twists leaves more victims dead—and the noose around Mal’s neck grows so tight he might never escape.

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