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    Minette Walters(Author)

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I wonder if I should keep these diaries under lock and key. Jenny Spede has disturbed them again . . . What does she make, I wonder, of an old woman, deformed by arthritis, stripping naked for a young man? The pills worry me more. Ten is such a round number to be missing . . . Mathilda Gillespie's body was found nearly two days after she had taken an overdose and slashed her wrists with a Stanley knife. But what shocked Dr Sarah Blakeney the most was the scold's bridle obscuring the dead woman's face, a metal contraption grotesquely adorned with a garland of nettles and Michaelmas daisies. What happened at Cedar House in the tortured hours before Mathilda's death? The police assume that the coroner will return a verdict of suicide. Only Dr Blakeney, it seems, doubts the verdict. Until it is discovered that Mathilda's diaries have disappeared . . . `An atmosphere of tantalizing, overpowering menace . . . The tradition of the English whodunnit has passed into the safe hands and dangerous imagination of Minette Walters' The Times

Minette Walters is England's bestselling female crime writer. She has won the CWA John Creasey Award for best first crime novel, the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best crime novel published in America and two CWA Gold Daggers for Fiction. Minette lives in Dorset with her husband and two children.

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  • PDF | 464 pages
  • Minette Walters(Author)
  • Macmillan Pub Ltd (August 1, 1995)
  • English
  • 6
  • Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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  • By capricious on July 18, 2000

    Having read The Sculptress and The Ice House, I looked forward to my next Walters book. I like the fact that she creates fresh characters with each story, rather than relying on a "serial" detective.Having said that, The Scold's Bridle was not the best example of Walters at work. The story was slow to develop, and the characters were not as well-drawn as they could have been. The red herrings were too obviously that, and almost everyone in the story comes out as unlikeable.I am usually a quick reader, but found myself slowed down by the side plots. Although the last few chapters were compelling reading, it did not make up for what went before.If you like Minette Walters, as I do, it is worth reading, but don't expect The Scold's Bridle to be her best novel.

  • By Freddy Nachtergaele on April 21, 2016

    This is an excellent book, well written, good story line and well developed characters. The only negative point that disturbed me a little was the flowery/bookish language used in many conversations.

  • By katburns on April 8, 2014

    Then I saw the movie on Netflix Sian Phillips was the protagonist. Outstanding! And surprisingly well developed and enjoyable reading

  • By Quirky on August 21, 2013

    Enjoyed this book as I have others of Walters. She recognizes traits and behaviours that "hit the nail on the head". The twists and turns in this book compelled me to keep reading to see where it was going. The main characters are well portrayed and gave me a "mental picture" of what I thought they would be like. Walters knows the human psyche and it's frailties.

  • By Joan Loree on November 14, 2013

    Wonderful characters, great plot !Love this author,discovered her quite by accident and have tried to read as many of her works that I can find. She is very English but her use of vocabulary is not as challenging to the reader as P.D. James.

  • By Patricia C. Benassi on June 15, 2009

    Walthers is a great writer I am only sorry that I did not discover her sooner. I love her rich language, her discriptions of people and places,her character development, her wonderful puzzle of a story and the surprise endings. Also learned what a scold's bridle is, something that happens whenever I read one of her books.

  • By Donald L. Bracke on September 7, 2014

    Have yet to read, but expect continuing good work from this author.

  • By Janice Smith on August 29, 2015

    Rather incredible that anyone would use such a torturous instrument let alone write a book about it... not up to Minette's previous book I'd read "The Dark Room"


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