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Jul 09, 2021Jan847 rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
Just couldn't get into it.
Jul 07, 2021jswalk rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
The first three quarters of the book were incredible! I was super engrossed with the story and this "who done it" mystery. However, when everything was revealed I was very disappointed. I thought, "Really? Well, that was obvious." I was…
Apr 07, 2021Catlady10 rated this title 0.5 out of 5 stars
Started interesting, but by the time I was on the 3rd chapter, dialogue seemed boring. Never finished.
Apr 04, 2021gloryb rated this title 1 out of 5 stars
I was surprised, after I had read this novel, that Booklist had given this title a starred entry. I didn't enjoy the plotting where the main character uses fiction mystery plots - considered to be perfect murders - to kill those he…
Mar 16, 2021
A fun and original take on a Christie-style mystery, with an unreliable narrator and lots of fodder for classic mystery fans. Well-drawn characters, red herrings that weren't too obvious - I had figured out who I *thought* the big baddie…
Jan 31, 2021
[finished in 2020] interesting and twisting story. Unsatisfying endings
Dec 22, 2020dontbugmeimreading rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
I enjoyed this one and it kept my interest right to the end. What I especially liked was how he "name-dropped" so many other mystery novels in it - not just the eight referred to in the title. I was mentally ticking them off: read it,…
Dec 03, 2020SC_bookworm_0 rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
~3 stars~ Spoiler Alert! I really liked this book, and the main reason I liked it is because I kept having to second-guess the main character. It's a great feeling, you know, when there isn't a single person in the story you can…
Nov 13, 2020pozrob rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Despite the fact that Swanson pumps out books with frequent regularity, I wouldn’t exactly call them cookie cutter crime novels. This one, like some of his previous works is set in and around Boston with a good mix of actual and fictional…
Oct 29, 2020avidFVreader rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
The story started out OK, grabbed my interest, then sluggishly made it to the end. Might try another book by this author, but not too soon.
Oct 06, 2020BARosen1112 rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
Used bookstore proprietor/half-owner Malcolm wrote a blog entry on his bookstore's web page some years back listing eight "perfect" fictional murders. Someone is using Malcolm's long-forgotten list as a blueprint for his own murders, and…
Sep 29, 2020Dee_BPL rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
Rated 3 stars because while the novel has a great concept - I couldn't have cared less about any of the characters in the novel. None were particularly likeable so I wasn't very invested in the story unfortunately!
Aug 15, 2020
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Aug 11, 2020TEENREVIEWBOARD rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
*This book contains struggles with alcohol and drug addiction* I cannot even begin to express how disappointed I was after finishing this book. Starting it, I had so much hope and within the first 3 chapters, I was crushed. The plot as a…
Jul 31, 2020
A throwback to a classic Agatha Christie format. There are enough twists to keep you reading, and it's extra appealing to fans of classic, early mysteries.
Jul 09, 2020LESeymour rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
Found this slow moving and ponderous. Great premise mind you, but not really getting anywhere with action. I found it very internal, like an Agatha Christie book, it took its time. After going past eleven chapters and nothing big…
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Jun 29, 2020clwco rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Great twisty mystery for fans of classic mysteries. Be aware that the book does give away the endings to many of the 8 perfect murders from those classics. After reading this book, I did read several of Agatha Christie's books that I…
Jun 27, 2020maipenrai rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
As a reader of mysteries for over 50 years, one of the joys of this book is to hear the names and titles of the great early authors. There were very few of the classics and more current writers that I have not read. In addition the…
Jun 27, 2020maipenrai rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
As a reader of mysteries for over 50 years, one of the joys of this book is to hear the names and titles of the great early authors. There were very few of the classics and more current writers that I have not read. In addition the…
Jun 26, 2020betsymarzoni rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Great mystery! Read it!
Jun 18, 2020JCLHeatherC rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
This was a fun read. Nice blending of noir, thriller, and mystery in one neat little package.
Jun 15, 2020DanJ123 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Excellent book. Loved the twists and turns. Every time you think you figured out some who, what, why or where, something new and unexpected pops up. Enjoyed the way the book kept you on your toes.
Jun 10, 2020craiglong20017 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This would be a great beach read. I read the entire book in a couple of evenings and it was highly entertaining. It's not great literature, but it is a really good whodunit.
May 21, 2020JLMason rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
Centred on an independent, specialty book store, Eight Perfect Murders is a homage to classic and modern mysteries and detective stories. The first half is immediately engaging and holds the promise of delightful plot twists, red…
Apr 26, 2020kiml00 rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
A book discussion and information within a book. A warning, the eight books listed by the narrators are somewhat classic mystery books and there are information and discussions about it so definitely would be a spoiler if you’ve never read…