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Summary

Winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Award

Winner of the Macavity Award for Best Novel 

Minette Walters follows her dark debut with an even more striking tale which brings a shivery mastery to the old-fashioned British whodunit, with plotting as twisted as the characters' secrets.

In prison they call her the Sculptress: a grotesquely obese young woman convicted of cutting her mother and sister to pieces and rearranging their bodies on the floor like a jigsaw puzzle. She pleaded guilty to the crime, but no one has noticed that the facts don't add up until Rosalind Leigh comes to visit the prisoner, hoping to get a book deal out of her story. Rosalind doesn't expect to feel sympathy for a brutal murderess - who would? - but she finds it increasingly hard to believe Olive Martin's as evil as she's been painted.

©1993 Minette Walters (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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"A dark, superbly plotted tale guaranteed to keep readers up most of the night." (The Denver Post)

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Very disappointed

Was so disappointed with this book.
The chapters which dealt with the meetings between 'the author' and 'the sculptress' in prison were well managed, and loaded with suspence and foreboading.
However, I thought that the rest of the novel jumped from chapter to chapter as if 'the author' just went from one ridiculous situation to another.
How could a person possibly go from a full scale fight with 3 men straight to see a nun and expect to have a conversation and be taken seriously? You would need medical attention after a fight like that. I felt the novel contained far too many such ludicrous moments.
The ex policeman with the resurant also found himself being 'set upon' visciously too often to be believable.
Sorry, I couldn't really take it seriously at all.

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Excdllent

A dark and twisted tale of
murder, revenge, jealousy and dark, and murky little secrets.

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Excellent

Another Minette walters brilliant story telling. very enjoyable. Easy to get into. Narrator was perfect too.

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A good read

Cleverly put together. Hope she writes more like it would go down well with her readers