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Eight Perfect Murders
Eight Perfect Murders: A Novel | Peter Swanson
148 posts | 139 read | 2 reading | 88 to read
From the hugely talented author of Before She Knew Him comes a chilling tale of psychological suspense and an homage to the thriller genre tailor-made for fans: the story of a bookseller who finds himself at the center of an FBI investigation because a very clever killer has started using his list of fiction's most ingenious murders. 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--which he titled "Eight Perfect Murders"--chosen from among the best of the best including Agatha Christie's A. B. C. Murders, Patricia Highsmith's Strangers on a Train, Ira Levin's Death Trap, A. A. Milne's Red House Mystery, Anthony Berkeley Cox's Malice Aforethought, James M. Cain's Double Indemnity, John D. Macdonald's The Drowner, and Donna Tartt's A Secret History. But no one is more surprised than Mal, now the owner of the Old Devils Bookshop in Boston, 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. There is killer is out there, watching his every move--a diabolical threat who knows way too much about Mal's personal history, especially the secrets he's never told anyone, even his recently deceased wife. To protect himself, Mal begins looking into possible suspects . . . and sees a killer in everyone around him. But Mal doesn't count on the investigation leaving a trail of death in its wake. Suddenly, a series of shocking twists leaves more victims dead--and the noose around Mal's neck grows so tight he might never escape.
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Bookworm.Babe.on.a.Budget
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I enjoyed this book! It was a great short palette cleanser after listening to The Night Circus for 14 hours! I loved the way I learned about other mysteries and authors that read from before and others that were more obscure but there were many spoilers. The premise was good, it was a pretty basic plot which made it an easy listen. Not too many characters and everything was organized well. The ending was my favorite part of the book.

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Bookworm.Babe.on.a.Budget

So I've been suspicious about Gwen since chapter 10. I'm 3 hours from finishing the audiobook and I'm certain I have it figured out.. Cannot wait to see if I am right!

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AshleyKorinE
Mehso-so

So Malcolm is a book seller who once made a list of eight perfect murders in mystery novels and now an FBI agent is knocking on his door to solve cold cases that look eerily similar to his list. I remember the twist even if I read it in February but I don't want to spoil anything for anyone else. It was a fun if slow murder mystery read and I did enjoy Swanson's writing even if it has little staying power, and didn't stick with me long term.

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MrsCumbie
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Book 2 from the library. I think I‘m most excited to read this one, The Wife Upstairs has me a little nervous. I really don‘t want another Behind Closed Doors, the cruelty of that husband still haunts me to this day and I read that book 3+ years ago. #cumbiereads

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Steph.Norte
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This book was so different than others I have read and kept me from putting it down. I did guess some of the ending but I was still shocked with how it completely ended. Definitely one I would recommend. #Sept.1.21

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alecia3dixie
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Mehso-so

I really enjoyed and got into this book right away. But then the middle really lost my interest. It had a solid ending, for the most part. But I don't know, it just was lacking something that I can't quite put my finger on. It was just alright. 3.5/5 stars

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Cvfrailing
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I hope this is a good one!!

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bthegood
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An enjoyable murder mystery which incorporates other classic murder mysteries as part of the plot.

#TBR picks July/August
#CurrentlyReading #ReadingUpdate Mrs. Dalloway, Thorn birds, Hearts in Atlantis and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
4 other books waiting in the wings when I'm done with these 🙂

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HappilyEverKrafter
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Reading a good book about murder that recommends other good books about murder … life doesn‘t get much better!

RaeLovesToRead Strangers on a train was amazing! Not a mystery, but a wonderful suspense novel ❤ 5mo
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bthegood
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Just checking in to see how everyone is doing mid summer🏖
Haven't heard from some of you in awhile @Andrew65 @CaffeineAndCandy are you doing okay?

Make a great day everyone.

CaffeineAndCandy @bthegood thanks for checking up! I‘m doing good, settling in well at my dad‘s. How are you!? 5mo
bthegood @CaffeineAndCandy good to hear from you. Glad you are getting settled. I'm doing well thanks😊 5mo
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bthegood
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1. Amelia, read a story, forget title, about Amelia Earhart.
2. Loyalty, in stories and real life
Thx for tag @TheSpineView
#Two4Tuesday
I tag @JoeMo and @SW-T

Make a great day everyone 😊

TheSpineView You're welcome! Happy Tuesday and Thanks for playing! 🤩🤩🤩 5mo
bthegood @TheSpineView and I responded on Tuesday, usually I'm a day late😊 5mo
TheSpineView @bthegood Good job!😊 5mo
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Amoon
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Mehso-so

Liked, didn‘t love. Malcolm is a mystery book store owner who wrote a blog called “8 Perfect Murders”. He gives the list of books that fit his criteria. Problem is that someone has been inspired to replicate these fictional murders in real life. Other problem is that Malcolm is a non- reliable narrator. Disappointing after reading “Before She Knew Him”

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Andrea4
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I quite enjoyed this and it's one of those bibliophile books, especially for murder mystery fans!
the ending kind of let me down because of how much of a stretch it seemed ...and without spoiling it, I will say after the 1st reveal. The 2nd, if we can call it that, was less so.
All in all I liked the concept of the unreliable narrator who admits unreliability calling into question his unreliability lol.

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AvidReader25
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A bookish mystery full of references to classic noir novels. I was completely engrossed by the story, but even more than that, I loved all of the backlist books it referenced. I kept adding notes about other murder mysteries to check out. A bookstore owner is surprised when the FBI contacts him about a pattern in some local killings. Our unreliable narrator gives us answers slowly, which makes it all the more enthralling.

vivastory I also really liked this one! 6mo
AvidReader25 @vivastory An excellent murder mystery with so many bookish references! 6mo
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sharread
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Mehso-so

This was a slow mystery to me not a thriller or suspense like most of Swanson's books. There's eight murders based off a book store employees blog page review of the books. It felt like I was reading about book reviews more so than murders. But still a unique read. #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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CaitlinR
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Mehso-so

Malcolm Kershaw, a co-owner of the Old Devils Bookstore once posted a list of perfect fictional murders on the store‘s blog. Now, according to an FBI agent, someone is replicating the list through actual murders.

This is an ok unreliable narrator mystery, but the bookstore theme is done to death (pun intended) through other lists of favorite (uninspired) reads and the death of one of those “customers from hell.” The cat was fun though.

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BlueMoonJ
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⭐️⭐️⭐️🔥
3 regular stars with a little extra. It was a fun read! Great concept, fun twist that you start finding out about mid book or so and fun to watch it grow. Not usually a fan of unreliable narrators but it was done well here. It kept me focused so I am almost done with current blanket!

#mystery #knittingwhilereading #murder

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amywithbooks
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I enjoyed this! A compelling mystery with an unreliable narrator. I enjoyed the connection to so many great crime/mystery books and writers, such as Agatha Christie. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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amywithbooks
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Currently reading!

vivastory I know this had mixed reviews, but I really liked it! 8mo
MuddyPuddle I really liked it, too....
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RebelReader I liked this one too! 8mo
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MaleficentBookDragon
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I went into B&N to get Five Total Strangers and left with two more. The 50% sticker gets me all the time. I started a new shelf on #Goodreads called Impulse buys. That should fill up fast. 😄

Aims42 That sticker gets me EVERYTIME!!! 😈 9mo
Avanders Oooh good shelf idea! 😁😁 I guess I put those under “discovered”... ish. 9mo
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WonderlandMind
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Mehso-so

I wanted to love this book, but I really didn‘t. Maybe it was because I have no knowledge or reference to the classic books mentioned throughout. I struggled to finish this book and really could not connect to any character. The ending fell very flat for me and was predictable.

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akfreeborn
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This was a cool premise for crime/thriller readers with bookseller protagonist and murders to investigate, a naive young FBI agent. Who is trying to create the eight perfect murders? Kind of cool revisiting some familiar stories along the way.

veritysalter I ended up jotting down the titles to add to my TBR when reading this. My favourite Peter Swanson yet. 9mo
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Annie1215
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Pickpick

A book about crimes based on books? How Litsy appropriate. It was a pretty quick read and a creative plot for a mystery.

Checking my first book off my #bookspinbingo board

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 9mo
Lucy_Anywhere This is on my bookspin bingo as well this month! 9mo
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mdm139
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Wow, this had a brilliant and unique plot. All though I figured out who the killer was I did not see all the twists. I read it in one sitting. The perfect book to curl up with during a snow storm for a few hours. Agatha Christie would be proud. Best mystery I recall ever reading.

intothehallofbooks Such a fun book!! 9mo
LiteraryinLawrence I thought this one was special too! 9mo
LoveToReadLiveToRead Ooooo, I‘ve got this on my TBR. I wonder if I could squeeze it into March.... 9mo
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eanderson
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My #goodreadsgiveaway came today!!! 💕

DogMomIrene After the tagline, I‘m adding “muh-wah-ha-ha-ha-ha” 9mo
eanderson @DogMomIrene 😂 I love it!!! 9mo
DogMomIrene @eanderson Thanks! I really wish they made that emoji🤣 9mo
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Decalino
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This twisty meta murder mystery kicks off when a Boston bookseller, Malcolm Kershaw, is contacted by an FBI agent investigating a connection between an old blog post and a recent series of murders. Malcolm wrote the blog post, about eight perfect fictional murders, years before and someone appears to be using it as a blueprint. A treat for mystery lovers, especially fans of Agatha Christie and Patricia Highsmith.

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eanderson
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Ooooo! Great email this morning! 😀

Reign_1982 Omg congratulations 10mo
EadieB Nice! 10mo
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janeycanuck
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So... Not quite what I thought it was going to be but I kept turning the pages.

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StaceyKondla
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join the fun if you want.
This is day 262 #bookstoread #tbrpile #bookstagram

FlowerFairy Really enjoyed this one! 11mo
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JoyBlue
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Panpan

It seemed like a good idea at the time. . . . The execution (deliberately unreliable narrator and haphazard and/or rushed construction) left me irritated and dissatisfied. Torn between Pan and So-So.

TracyReadsBooks Agreed! I thought the premise was really interesting but ultimately, the execution was really poor. 12mo
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Chili
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My last book finished for #FEASTMODE. This was a fun way to finish some books before the winter games start.

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emmaturi
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This is a good read, featuring books and a cool sounding bookshop. Lots of twists and turns! #crimebooks

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JenReadsAlot
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I was a little disappointed in this one, but still a pick. @Clwojick #TeamSlaughter 16 pts
And a bingo!!! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!! And Swanson is one of those authors for me that when I'm actually reading the book he keeps me totally hooked. Then I get done & think, “Wait, half of this didn't even make sense!“ 😂 But I love them when I'm actually reading them, so I always come back for more haha 14mo
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JenReadsAlot
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Vacation day = new book and coffee mug! @Clwojick #TeamSlaughter 1 pt

erzascarletbookgasm 👍👍 14mo
Clwojick 😍 😍 14mo
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Acoleman
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Pickpick

Listen to the audio of@this one on a long drive. Loved it, now I have to read/reread all of those eight books🤓

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GidgetsTreasures75
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10-5-20: My 79th finished book of 2020! This was a page turner! After Malcolm, a Boston bookseller, compiles a list of fiction‘s 8 perfect murders, he has to answer to the FBI when those murders possibly start to occur. I loved all the mystery book references and the Old Devil‘s bookstore Malcolm works in. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #eightperfectmurders #peterswanson 👍🏼📖7️⃣9️⃣

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GidgetsTreasures75
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10-3-20: Excited to start this new one!!📖

Jeannineth I enjoyed it! 1y
Pageturner1 i have that book to read this month. i hope its good. 1y
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hes7
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Years ago, mystery bookseller Malcolm posted a blog post with a list of literature‘s eight perfect murders. Now, people seem to be dying in accordance with that list. Of course, Malcolm gets roped into the search for the killer, and he discovers the truth, this murder mystery proves to be a lot of fun. #scarathlon #teamslaughter #cyoreadathon #screamathon

#BookishBingo: A mystery must be solved

Clwojick Ahh! I have been struggling with this one! I really want to read this one, but chose to pass up on the chance when my hold came in as I‘m undecided about whether I should read the books mentioned first. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
hes7 @Clwojick I figured that given how much I read, the details of the books likely won‘t be fresh by the time I get around to reading them. 😂 1y
Clwojick TRUE! 1y
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Sharpeipup
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Enjoying the cool evening breezes & this #audiobook while the dog takes in the scenery.

TheNeverendingTBR Cute doggo! 🐶 1y
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Ruthiella
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#SuperSeptember

Update: I finished Corelli‘s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres and The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. Now I‘ve just started the tagged book and am using this totally cute cat bookmark my sister gave me. 😀

Leftcoastzen Awesome bookmark! 1y
Ruthiella @Leftcoastzen All compliments will be passed on to my sister accordingly. 😊 1y
Andrew65 That‘s great 👏👏👏 1y
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rubyslippersreads That bookmark! 😻😻😻 1y
Ruthiella @rubyslippersreads I know, it‘s adorable! 😻 (edited) 1y
BarbaraBB Captain Corelli! Loved that one when I read it in the 90s 🧡 1y
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I liked it OK. I do wish it had ended differently/sooner. 😀 1y
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HappilyEverKrafter
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1. I rarely ever buy books and much prefer the library! However, I do have three (non-children‘s books) bookshelves at home, and my rule basically is the books I have at home have to fit on those shelves! So if something doesn‘t fit, I‘ll donate it or pass it on!

2. I‘m dying to read Eight Perfect Murders!

#two4tuesdaygiveaway

TheSpineView Happy Tuesday and good luick! 🌞 1y
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BittersweetBooks
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Books are time travel. True readers all know this. But books don‘t just take you back to the time in which they were written; they can take you back to different versions of yourself📚🥃🕵🏻‍♂️

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jackilynn
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jackilynn
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Trying a new bookmark that my coworker gave me because she knows I love reading & after a rough week I definitely needed a pick me up. I think it may be my new favorite thing 😜🐼

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jackilynn
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Rough day today so I decided I needed a good cry & a nice drink. I am exhausted though so my plains to make a nice dent in this book tonight will most likely be cut short.

kspenmoll Glad you tried some self care- hope it helped. Sorry your day was tough. 🤗 1y
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Smartypants
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Yes, yes, yes! This was one of the best mysteries I‘ve read in a long time! It kept me wanting more and I finished it in less than 24 hours! Highly recommend if you like mysteries! #mystery #greatread