The Ice House

The Ice House

by Minette Walters

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With this stunning debut—a marvelous marriage of classic convention and contemporary sophistication—Minette Walters sets a new standard of excellence for the mystery novel.

The three women living in seclusion at an elegant Hampshire country house have long been fodder for village gossip...even whispers of a witches' coven. So when a faceless corpse of uncertain vintage is found in the Streech Grange ice house, Chief Inspector Walsh can't wait to make a case of it.

Lady of the manor Phoebe Maybury, still haunted by Walsh's relentless investigation of her husband's strange disappearance ten years ago, is calm. She and her two housemates—sensitive, charming artist Diana Goode and pretty, earthy Anne Cattrell—seem as puzzled as the police. But do they have something to hide?

While Walsh strives to nail Phoebe for murder, sexy young Detective Sergeant McLoughlin turns his attention to the exasperating and magnetic Anne. Soon his inquiry and his impulses will draw him into a tangled thicket of love, loyalty, and deadly intrigue.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312951429
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 09/28/1993
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 4.28(w) x 6.76(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Minette Walters is the author of many suspense novels and the winner of the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award, the Edgar Allan Poe Award, and the CWA John Creasey/New Blood Dagger Award, among others. Her work has been translated into twenty-six languages. She lives with her husband in Dorset, England.


Dorchester, Dorset, England

Date of Birth:

September 26, 1949

Place of Birth:

Bishop¿s Stortford, Hertfordshire, England


B.A. in French, Dunelm (Durham University), 1971

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The Ice House 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Romonko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Finally, I'm beginning to read Minette Walters. It's a delight that I've been denying myself since I've been busy with a bunch of other books and series. I've seen some of these dramatized on television, and thought they were great, if a bit creepy! The dramatizations were good, but this book was great! It's been awhile since I've read a book that kept me spellbound throughout the whole thing. I love Ms. Walters' characterizations. Her depiction of the three women of Streech Grange is remarkable. These women are so real, and so are the secrets that they are hiding. We also get a wonderful example of two cops that are as different as can be. Inspector Walsh is a man possessed with a hidden agenda of his own, and Sergeant McLoughlin is a real enigma at the beginning, but turns out to be a tower of strength and rectitude. A new take on "Good Cop, Bad Cop" for sure. I simply can't wait to read the next book after enjoying this one so much.
ksmac on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
slow to start, but characters start to grow; nice plot twists
hazelle123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved the plot - three women and a corpse - then the cops came. I rather hoped Mcloughlin and Anne would end up in a more serious romance though. The ending is as usual unexpected. Minette once more shows her total brilliance as an author
Jen42 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this book - stumbled across it by accident years ago. Dark, excellent first mystery for this writer.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved it! The characters were so real and so likeable...I felt as if they were good friends of mine. I especially enjoyed McLoughlin...a police officer and a gentleman who did the right thing and ended up with the right lady. Great work, Ms. Walters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is so great. so intertaining, so full of life,you really enjoye it.i think it will become a classic!highly of the best books i have ever read.