Review: The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths

The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths

Synopsis and Details:

The death of a ninety-year-old woman with a heart condition should not be suspicious. Detective Sergeant Harbinder Kaur certainly sees nothing out of the ordinary when Peggy’s caretaker, Natalka, begins to recount Peggy Smith’s passing.

But Natalka had a reason to be at the police station: while clearing out Peggy’s flat, she noticed an unusual number of crime novels, all dedicated to Peggy. And each psychological thriller included a mysterious postscript: PS: for PS. When a gunman breaks into the flat to steal a book and its author is found dead shortly thereafter—Detective Kaur begins to think that perhaps there is no such thing as an unsuspicious death after all.

And then things escalate: from an Aberdeen literary festival to the streets of Edinburgh, writers are being targeted. DS Kaur embarks on a road trip across Europe and reckons with how exactly authors can think up such realistic crimes . . . 

Genres: Contemporary, Mystery  |  Release Date: March 02, 2021  |  Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt  |  Length: 336  |  ISBN: 978-0358418610  |  ASIN: B08B3MN2D8  |  Format: Hardcover  |  Source: Purchased

Review with Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The Postscript Murders was a well plotted mystery with characters that were nicely developed and believable. I even enjoyed the mysterious Peggy with whom this mystery all began. That should be a surprise because she had almost zero personal involvement with the story. With each chapter the characters garnered more interest with me. Their hunt for the clues that would lead them to the murderous culprit was almost a fun romp and had its entertaining bits. 

Despite my enjoyment of the characters, The Postscript Murders was a rather slow read for me. There were some decent red herrings to move my suspicions in other directions but I wish that the story had been a little more thrilling. I was hoping for more suspense and danger. I know I will continue in this series but that is mainly because of my invested interest in DS Harbinder Kaur. I really want to see her get the promotion and accolades that a detective of her skill deserves.

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About the Author:

ELLY GRIFFITHS is the author of the Ruth Galloway and Magic Men mystery series, as well as the standalone novels The Stranger Diaries, winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel, and The Postscript Murders. She is the recipient of the CWA Dagger in the Library Award and the Mary Higgins Clark Award. She lives in Brighton, England.

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