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The Postscript Murders par Elly Griffiths
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The Postscript Murders (original 2020; édition 2021)

par Elly Griffiths (Auteur)

Séries: Harbinder Kaur (2)

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Titre:The Postscript Murders
Auteurs:Elly Griffiths (Auteur)
Info:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2021), 336 pages
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Mots-clés:fiction, crime, mystery, england, Great Britain

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The Postscript Murders par Elly Griffiths (2020)

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I didn’t know, back in 2019 when I read The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths, that it was meant to be the first book in a new series. I was already a big fan of Griffiths’ series featuring forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway, but I didn’t jibe with her other series featuring Max Mephisto, a magician in 1950s Brighton, England. But I enjoy Griffiths’ writing and looked forward to reading this standalone novel.

I was not disappointed by The Stranger Diaries, a sort of gothic mystery centered on Clare Cassidy, a sixth-form college English teacher whose colleague is found murdered. Lying next to the body is an excerpt of a story by Victorian horror writer R.M. Holland, who happens to be Claire’s research specialty. The narrative shifts among several viewpoints, from Clare to her daughter to the detective sergeant investigating the case, punctuated with lengthy excerpts purportedly from Holland’s most famous story. It’s a nicely atmospheric mystery with appealing characters, not least of whom is DS Harbinder Kaur, a gay woman born in England to parents who emigrated from India. I finished the book feeling vague regret that it wasn’t a series, as I would have happily spent more time with either Clare or Harbinder.

Well. As it turns out, it was the first book in a series. While Clare has only a cameo in the second entry, The Postscript Murders (2020), it hardly matters, as DS Kaur is more than capable of carrying the narrative herself, with a little help from some new acquaintances. The plot again centers on the publishing world, as an elderly woman is found dead in her assisted-living community, apparently of natural causes. But a motley crew of people who knew her, including an elderly fellow who lives across the hall, her Polish caregiver, and a former monk who owns a nearby café, suspect foul play, and they take investigating matters into their own clumsy hands. The key to the mystery, they believe, is in the mysteries — that is, the shelves full of mystery novels by various authors, all of whom expressed gratitude in their books to the now-dead Peggy for her unspecified help.

There’s some lively humor to be found as an exasperated DS Kaur tries to wrangle her amateur band of sleuths into not putting themselves in danger or inadvertently spoiling crucial evidence, but there’s also plenty of tension and old-fashioned clue-finding and suspect-grilling before the case wraps up. It’s an altogether satisfying follow-up to The Stranger Diaries. I’m already looking forward to a third entry in the series. Here’s hoping the Brighton Irregulars show up in that one as well. ( )
  rosalita | Jul 12, 2021 |
Mostly fun to read, it ran a bit long because complications, romp with decent characters and a tricky mystery, though the clue dropping was a bit more like thuds. It's just so far over on outlandish obscure motive and the outrageous amateur sleuthing. ( )
  quondame | Jun 21, 2021 |
A murder mystery about the death of a murder mystery writer? Yes please! Peggy Smith, an elderly woman living alone, dies suddenly, and her effects include long-running correspondence with a popular author. It appears Peggy was a source of plot ideas and reviewed early versions of the author’s work. Her death is labeled suspicious, and then the mystery writer is also murdered. Harbinder Kaur is assigned to investigate. But at the same time, three civilians have formed a self-appointed investigative team: Natalka, Peggy’s care worker; Edwin, a neighbor; and Benedict, a former monk turned cafe owner. Harbinder has to figure out how to capitalize on their energy while still retaining control of the investigation. This is no easy task when the trio embarks on a road trip to a literary festival in Aberdeen. Clues and hijinks ensue, in equal measure.

Meanwhile, there’s Harbinder’s personal storyline. Her Sikh ancestry makes her stand out in the police force, and she’s often overlooked for opportunities. Harbinder is also openly gay at work but not at home, and she lives with her parents and hates having to hide herself from them. This novel sees some movement in a positive direction and a strengthening of her character.

This is only the second book in a series, and I’m looking forward to reading future installments as they are published. ( )
4 voter lauralkeet | Jun 18, 2021 |
This is the second book in the author’s new series featuring Detective Sergeant Harbinder Kaur, a member of the West Sussex, England Murder Squad. Harbinder is 36 but still lives at home with her Punjabi parents, with whom she gets along well although they don’t know she is gay. But her mother is a good cook, after all. Harbinder is peppery, witty, and very clever, but underestimated by her peers, much to her chagrin.

In this installment, a young Ukrainian care worker, Natalka Kolisnyk, comes to see Harbinder about her suspicions that a client, Peggy Smith, although 90, did not die of old age but was murdered. Peggy was in excellent shape and seemed in fine health just the day before. Natalka explains that while cleaning up Peggy’s apartment along with Peggy’s friend and neighbor Edwin (a dapper and young-at-heart 80-year-old), the two found a number of alarming signs that Peggy’s death could have had a more sinister cause than just “old age.” Peggy’s apartment was full of mystery books, and a surprising number of them were dedicated to Peggy. Moreover, Natalka found a business card identifying Peggy as a “murder consultant.” Then she saw a postcard with the ominous message: "We are coming for you." But the biggest sign something was unusual was that while Natalka and Edwin were in the flat, a masked person came in with a gun and stole one of the mystery books - very odd indeed!

Harbinder agreed to look into it, especially after one of the mystery authors who dedicated his books to Peggy was murdered soon after Peggy’s death. He too had received a threatening postcard.

Meanwhile, Natalka, Edwin, and Benedict, an ex-monk who ran the local coffee shop, take off on a hilarious Scooby-Doo type mission to an Aberdeen book festival to try and find out what was going on. Harbinder now had to chase after them in addition to doing her own investigation, as well as arranging for her injured mother to have a caregiver (Natalka recommended one for her) while Harbinder was in Aberdeen.

The plot thickens with more murders, mysterious Ukrainian thugs, and romantic complications. As if that weren’t enough to keep readers entertained, there are red herrings and twists galore.

Evaluation: Griffiths’s main protagonists always manage to come across as wryly funny and even adorable. The author’s sense of humor is so delightful that I often find myself laughing out loud even while reading about murder. For fans of murder mysteries like those of Anthony Horowitz that feature books within the books and explore the world of writers, literary agents, and publishers, for my money Griffiths is much better. Her tongue-in-cheek self-deprecatory takes on authors and the book industry are funny and insightful rather than tediously self-aggrandizing, as I find Horowitz to be. One can’t help loving Griffiths’ recurring characters, and I can’t wait to read more about them. ( )
  nbmars | Jun 14, 2021 |
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