Like It or Love It: Eight Perfect Murders (12.29.2021)

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At its latest meeting, the Mystery Book Club discussed Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson. This is a stand alone novel. 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. But no one is more surprised than Mal 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.

Here’s what members of the Mystery Book Club had to say about Eight Perfect Murders:

What We Liked

  • Intriguing with a clever premise
  • It was great seeing all the references to classic mystery novels (and gave us all more books for our To-Be-Read lists)
  • A quick read that kept our interest

What We Didn’t Like

  • Not a Fair Play mystery – we couldn’t have solved the crimes with the information we were given
  • Ending felt a little rushed

Book Notes

Similar mysteries available from Fauquier Public Library include:

If you enjoy a good mystery, the Mystery Book Club welcomes new members! Meetings are currently being held virtually. For details about how to join these virtual meetings, please contact or call 540.422.8500, ext. 2.

Looking for your next great read? Browse the library’s catalog, or try our BookMatch Reader’s Advisory Service and let us do the “browsing” for you! Complete the online BookMatch form and we will create a customized reading list of up to 10 titles.

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