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    Great read !!

    Is there such a thing as a perfect murder? Makes you wonder!! Eight Perfect Murders is a fun book that plays tribute to murder mysteries , thrillers and to readers everywhere. Malcolm who runs a mystery bookstore , The Old Devil ( how I wish I could go there and browse) writes a blog entitle My Eight Favourite Murders. What a list it is ! Someone is following that list and the FBI is investigating. It leads back to Malc. Twists and turns and not the ending I was guessing !!!!!!!!!!! I don't want to give anything away so get your copy ! I have written down all the books mentioned and off I go to read the ones I have missed. Cant wait to get my hard copy of Eight Perfect Murders !! Thanks to NetGalley and Faber and Faber Limited , Faber & Faber for an intriguing fun read !!
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    The "Perfect" Thriller!

    It starts out almost like a cozy mystery with an unassuming, likable bookseller being drawn into a murder case. The murderer seems to be recreating “perfect” murders from classic mysteries. The FBI agent investigating the case goes to our main character Malcolm as an expert on classic literary murders because he owns and works in a bookstore specializing in mystery and crime novels. In the past he even wrote a blog post for the bookstore titled “Eight Perfect Murders” which the murder seems to be following. The FBI going to Malcolm for help seemed a bit tenuous and unlikely but I was willing to go with it as it made for a great setup. Turns out the FBI has good reason to go to Malcolm and as they investigate further it becomes clear that some of the victims had a connection to Malcolm. This is where things get really juicy! Malcolm is entirely pleasant if a bit introverted. He loves his cat Nero who lives in the bookstore and has a nice, quiet life. It’s all a bit quaint and familiar but hold on to your hats because something is coming that upends everything. The story takes a sharp turn that had my mouth hanging open in shock. I won’t give even a hint about what happened but holy crow it blew my mind! For me this truly was the “perfect” thriller. The literary premise leading to an absolutely shocking twist was just so darn good. I was lulled by the benign, almost cozy beginning then the rug was pulled out from under my assumptions pretty early on and the story only got better from there. I could not have predicted where this story was going to go. From beginning to end, “Rules for “Perfect Murders” was a fantastic and brilliant book and I can’t recommend it highly enough! Thank you to Faber & Faber for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.
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    A book about a list of books? Count me in!

    Thank you to Netgalley, the publishing house and the author for the opportunity to read a complimentary copy of this book in return for review based upon my honest opinion. Who doesn’t like a good list, who doesn’t like a good murder mystery, a list of books about perfect murders? I can’t resist. So, when I saw this book I knew that I had to read it. Was a very clever storyline, kept me guessing the whole time; and literally on the edge of my seat trying to figure out the identity of the murderer or murderers. When an FBI agent shows up at Malcolm Kershaw’s bookstore one stormy winters eve, he is surprised when the agent tells him that she thinks someone is killing people based on a blog that Malcolm wrote many years ago. As agent Mulvey tells him about the murders, he starts to agree with her that maybe they are based on this list of books that he wrote a list of books of perfect murders. We follow Malcolm as he tries to put the pieces together, he leads a very bland life since the death of his wife years before. He works in the bookstore, a bookstore that has the most precious in-house cat Nero, he goes home to his apartment and he reads books, but he no longer reads murder mysteries he now reads poetry, I kept wondering why, the switch to poetry? This book contained many surprises, lots of twists and turns, and lots of literary talk. One of the main settings, the bookstore, Old Devils, (what a clever name), was delightful I could picture it; the snow falling softly outside, the warm light glowing inside; lots of books piled up, delightful. I enjoyed this book immensely. I loved the storyline, I loved the list of books, and now I have added the ones I have not read to my TBR pile. Great book for a stormy windy night, so glad I had the chance to read this book I really liked it.
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    Excellent

    Peter Swanson has done it again only this time with an unusual twist. Perfect murders? There may be something in that. Do you have to consider the human mind and conscience? Excellent read.
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