Series: Harbinder Kaur Book 2
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Length: 336 pages
Audiobook Length: 9 hours and 8 minutes
First Published: 2021
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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
At first, no one gives a second thought about the death of ninety-year-old Peggy Smith. Until her bookshelves are found filled with crime thrillers all dedicated to Peggy. When a gunman breaks into the flat to steal a book and an author is murdered, Peggy’s friends team up with Detective Kaur to investigate.
Although the second book in a series, I read it as a standalone and didn’t feel the least bit lost. However, The Postscript Murders is about the kind of book you’d expect from its hideous cover – a cheesy cozy mystery about armchair detectives with little to no character development and a mystery that didn’t make complete sense.
The death of a ninety-year-old woman with a heart condition should not be suspicious. Detective Sergeant Harbinder Kaur certainly sees nothing out of the ordinary when Peggy’s caretaker, Natalka, begins to recount Peggy Smith’s passing.
But Natalka had a reason to be at the police station: while clearing out Peggy’s flat, she noticed an unusual number of crime novels, all dedicated to Peggy. And each psychological thriller included a mysterious postscript: PS: for PS. When a gunman breaks into the flat to steal a book and its author is found dead shortly thereafter—Detective Kaur begins to think that perhaps there is no such thing as an unsuspicious death after all.
And then things escalate: from an Aberdeen literary festival to the streets of Edinburgh, writers are being targeted. DS Kaur embarks on a road trip across Europe and reckons with how exactly authors can think up such realistic crimes . . .
About Elly Griffiths
Domenica de Rosa is the author whose works include The Ruth Galloway novels and the Brighton mysteries. She currently lives in Brighton. Visit the author’s website →