My Book Pledge Featured Read: Eight Perfect Murders

Happy (social distancing) Monday, Savvy Readers! You’ve seen us talk about this book more than a few times already, but it’s just so good that we had to make it our Featured Read of the week. So, if you’re cooped up at home and looking for a distraction from all of the COVID-19 panic like we are, look no further than this week’s My Book Pledge Featured Read, Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson!

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Many years ago, as a way for his bookstore to reach new audiences, bookseller and mystery aficionado Malcolm Kershaw compiled a list of the genre’s most unsolvable murders. Chosen from classic stories that featured crimes that were almost unsolvable, Malcolm called this list “Eight Perfect Murders.” What are the books included in the list, you ask?

  1. A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie
  2. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
  3. Death Trap by Ira Levin
  4. Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne
  5. Malice Aforethought by Anthony Berkeley Cox
  6. Double Indemnity by James M. Cain
  7. The Drowner by John D. Macdonald
  8. A Secret History by Donna Tartt

But that was many years ago and just done for a bit of fun, right? In fact, Malcolm actually kinda forgot all about his list… That is, until an FBI agent knocks on the door of the Old Devils Bookstore in Boston with a few questions for Malcolm. You see, it turns out that she’s looking for information about a series of unsolved murders… murders that look eerily similar to the killings on Mal’s old list.

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And the FBI agent isn’t the only one interested in this bookseller who spends almost every night at home reading. The 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, but begins to see 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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Listen, Savvy Readers… I consider myself a bit of a murder mystery aficionado myself, and even I was blown away by how inventive and downright fun this book is. Whether you’re a lover of the classics or prefer the newer brand of mystery novels, this book has a little something for everyone. Make sure you add it to your TBR today!

Happy reading,

Jesse

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