Eight Perfect Murders
4 / 5
If you are a murder mystery fan I encourage you to run out and get a copy of this book, now! This was my first time reading Mr. Swanson and he knew exactly what it took to make me a fan: write a story all about books.
Malcolm Kershaw is the owner of Old Devils bookshop, he spends most of his time alone, reading mysteries since his wife died. He is shocked when an FBI agent comes asking questions of him regarding a blog post he made years ago.
On the blog, Mal listed eight of the most unsolvable murders from literature titled 𝐄𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐌𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬. The FBI has a serial killer on the loose, and the crimes seem to be imitating the murders on Mal’s list. The agent is asking a lot of questions, but Mal only shares certain details, especially those of his past. He knows these books well and how they end.
This was a tense and sharp mystery. I have not read any of the eight books discussed (on Mal’s list), but I want to now. Because they combed through the stories for clues, it was like reading mini-summaries of these murder mysteries. I loved all the book talk, and the scouring through the pages. There is one clue at the beginning of the book, that gave it all away for me. Was that intentional? I’m not sure, but how Mr. Swanson utilized these eight literary murders to write his own mystery is crafty indeed.
Do you have a favorite classic mystery? 🕵🏻♀️