The Ice House Unabridged Author:Minette Walters Content to live their genteel and sheltered life at Streech Manor, their family estate, sisters Phoebe, Diana, and Anne suddenly find their sanctuary violated by a discovery of a corpse in the estate's ice-house. A first novel.
This character-driven mystery surprised me, because it seemed to change tones at some point. Initially, the mood seemed very dark, but towards the end it brightened up and the author attempted some dry humor. The primary whodunnit story was not all that interesting to me, but I did enjoy the characters and the ending is a surprise.
****A very well-paced and twisty thriller, with characters becoming suspect and then being cleared. Clever interaction between the characters is a Walters trademark, and does not disappoint here. Four stars because of a romance that, while satisfying, seems a little de rigeur.