Books by Minette Walters

THE CELLAR by Minette Walters
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Sly pacing and a detached narrative voice give this horror story exceptional punch."
This short work reads like a recipe for evil and may well induce a nightmare or two. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 9, 2008

"Forget the tangled mystery. The dance of death between Acland and his ex-lover is harrowing."
A wounded veteran of the Iraq war returns to a London landscape just as threatening. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL’S FEATHER by Minette Walters
Released: Aug. 22, 2006

"Genteel and horrifying as ever, with a particularly unsparing examination of the rage of traumatized victims."
Have current events finally caught up with Walters's unremittingly brutal imagination? The latest of her masterful psychological thrillers (Fox Evil, 2003, etc.) examines the effects of terrorism as it ranges from Baghdad to West Dorset. Read full book review >
FOX EVIL by Minette Walters
Released: May 12, 2003

"Those images nearly compensate for a plot that Walters (Acid Row, 2002, etc.) wraps up more with a dispiritingly mundane air."
Four or five times a week, in the dead of night, when the phone rings up at the Manor House, elderly James Lockyer-Fox, a retired colonel, hears nothing but deep breathing—or a rant about how he killed his wife Ailsa, who froze to death outside the locked Manor doors. Read full book review >
ACID ROW by Minette Walters
Released: July 1, 2002

"Even if the convulsive strands in Walters's largest web yet never come together with the knotty precision of her earlier plots, they all show the damning effects of helplessly raging long-term victims thrashing out in turn to hurt anyone in reach."
What would happen if the citizens of a big-scale suspense novel were as many-dimensional as the suspects in Walters's seven striking mysteries—too complex by far to be pigeonholed as heroes and villains? They'd be the denizens of Bassindale Estate, the English housing project that erupts in a violent riot. Read full book review >
THE SHAPE OF SNAKES by Minette Walters
Released: July 9, 2001

"Agatha Christie with the gloves off: a slow-motion train wreck of a novel that not only confirms Walters's kinship with P.D. James and Ruth Rendell, but displays a ferocity far beyond any of their recent work."
Back in 1978 the Ranelaghs' marriage, none too strong to begin with, nearly foundered over the death of one of their neighbors in the London borough of Richmond upon Thames. Mrs. Ranelagh, encountering Ann Butts outside in their street moments before she died of massive head injuries, was convinced by a spark that passed between them that Mad Annie, despite the taunts directed against her for her race and the tics, especially involuntarily abusive language, caused by Tourette's syndrome, was worth fighting for—and that despite all the evidence that she had drunkenly stumbled into the path of a passing truck, she was murdered. Read full book review >
THE BREAKER by Minette Walters
Released: June 1, 1999

"Once again, Walters (The Echo, 1997, etc.) breathes new life into the classic whodunit by treating the cast as agonized—and this time monstrously immature—human beings. (Book-of-the-Month main selection)"
When the binoculars that young Paul and Daniel Spender have snitched from their father first give them a glimpse of the body of Kate Hill-Sumner in Chapman's Pool, off the Isle of Purbeck, three other people are also close by: a self-styled actor whose specialty is gay pornography; a horse-boarder whose swindler husband has run off with all her money; and a teenaged girl aboard an offshore boat idly looking for something to videotape. Read full book review >
THE ECHO by Minette Walters
Released: March 17, 1997

Five years after architect Amanda Powell's husband vanishes amid cries of embezzlement, a homeless man calling himself Billy Blake crawls into her garage and, in full view of her well- stocked freezer, starves himself to death. Read full book review >
THE DARK ROOM by Minette Walters
Released: March 1, 1996

"Walters unfolds the dark complexities of Jinx's past with a master's hand, balancing sympathy and terror all the way to the introduction of a pivotal character on the very last page. (First printing of 75,000; $200,000 ad/promo budget; Literary Guild Main Selection)"
Fans who've followed Walters's meteoric rise (The Scold's Bridle, 1994, etc.) will find less Ruth Rendell than P.D. James in this tantalizing tale of Jinx Kingsley, who apparently greets the news that her fiancÇ Leo Wallader plans to leave her for her best friend Meg Harris by twice attempting suicide (auto exhaust, auto crash). Read full book review >
THE SCOLD'S BRIDLE by Minette Walters
Released: Oct. 20, 1994

"Those with a taste for the deceptively civilized British whodunit will find Walters the most exciting discovery in years. ($50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Dr. Sarah Blakeney, the physician who's attended caustic Mathilda Gillespie for the past year, is shaken when her patient is found dead in her bathtub, doped with liquor and barbiturates, wrists slit, and an elaborate cast-iron gag, the scold's bridle, carefully arrayed with flowers and clasped over her face. Read full book review >
THE SCULPTRESS by Minette Walters
Released: Oct. 27, 1993

"Walters brings a shivery mastery to the old-fashioned British whodunit, with plotting as twisted as the characters' secrets."
Walters follows her dark debut, The Ice House (1992), with the even more striking tale of enormous, unloved Olive Martin, serving a life sentence after confessing to killing and dismembering her mother and sister. Read full book review >
THE ICE-HOUSE by Minette Walters
Released: July 20, 1992

"Unholy passions seethe inches beneath a proper surface: a brutal, literate debut—especially welcome to fans of Ruth Rendell.(I)"
Ten years ago, Phoebe Maybury's hateful husband David disappeared from Streech Grange after his wife caught him in bed with their traumatized daughter Jane. Read full book review >