Book Review: The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths

I couldn’t believe my luck when I was approved on Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book. That luck increased ten-fold with my immense enjoyment while reading it. You are in for a treat!

Goodreads Blurb

The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffths

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 . . .

The Postscript Murders Book Cover

Review

Many of you will already set out to buy a copy of The Postscript Murders when you read the following: those of you who enjoyed The Thursday Murder Club will love this book. If you haven’t already read The Thursday Monday Club (you should) let me give you some other reasons why the latest book from Elly Griffiths is wonderful.

The characters sold The Postscript Murders to me. Natalka, Benjamin, and Edwin, are a bunch of mismatched individuals that somehow mesh wonderfully together. Quirky and smart, they make the hunt for Peggy’s killer a whirlwind ride full of intrigue and plenty of comedic scenes. However, it is what this unlikely friendship means to each of them is what endeared the characters to me. Each is a lonely figure, somewhat of an outcast in everyday society, just trying to make it in life. Their journey towards becoming true friends is as wonderful as their journey as amateur detectives. Edwin particularly tugged on my heartstrings. The author did a fantastic job portraying what it is like to be alone as an 80-year-old man, in a society that often looks right through the older generation.

The story itself is also excellent. It is very intriguing, especially in relation to finding out Peggy’s backstory. The chapters jump between the main characters, offering a number of unique perspectives, and are also short and sweet, so easy to consume. While it may be hinging more on the side of a cozy mystery rather than a dark thriller, it has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing the outcome. For literary lovers, it also has a great number of references to crime fiction, which just adds to the fun of reading The Postscript Murders.

I was shocked to find that The Postscript Murders is the second book on the DS Kaur series. This is by far the best standalone book in a series that I have ever read. No feeling of missing information or an attempt to fill the gap by the author that feels simply out of place. That is a hard feat to achieve!

Overall, a truly excellent book! Pick up your copy of The Postscript Murders here.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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