Book Review – Rules For Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

Eight classic murders.
A single crime obsessive.
Countless thrilling twists.

A series of unsolved murders with one thing in common: each of the deaths bears an eerie resemblance to the crimes depicted in classic mystery novels.

The deaths lead FBI Agent Gwen Mulvey to mystery bookshop Old Devils. Owner Malcolm Kershaw had once posted online an article titled ‘My Eight Favourite Murders,’ and there seems to be a deadly link between the deaths and his list – which includes Agatha Christie’s The ABC Murders, Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History.

Can the killer be stopped before all eight of these perfect murders have been re-enacted? 

Published March 3rd 2020 by Faber Books  

I talk often about my relationship with my Grandmother and how she instilled a love of books in me. She adored crime, Murder and Mystery and if she was here today this is absolutely a book I’d be pressing into her hands. I know she’d love it!

While I have to admit to not reading an awful lot of classic crime, I know enough to have got this book, and I definitely think that fans of the genre would really enjoy it. With reference to all the big classics, it has all the ingredients of an old fashioned who done it.

I loved how the eight classic murder mysteries formed the basis for this book, it was such a unique story and has definitely inspired me to pick some of them up. I thought the many twists and turns were very clever, and I was kept constantly on my toes.

Rules For Perfect Murders is a gripping, fast paced read which I really, really enjoyed. It’s clever, twisty and despite me not being familiar with the classic murder mysteries featured, I got it. I loved the tension, the characters, the clever twists and yes, the sense of nostalgia even, which it evoked. Thoroughly entertaining and well worth a read.

Thanks to the publisher my my gifted copy

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