The Sculptress

The Sculptress

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Everyone knows Olive Martin, the huge and menacing woman who was found five years ago with the carved-up bodies of her mother and younger sister. Everyone knows how she pleaded guilty to murder at her trial. And everyone knows not to anger the Sculptress even now that she is safely locked in prison for a minimum of twenty-five years.

When Rosalind Leigh accepts a commission to write a book about Olive, she finds herself wondering what lies behind all of these facts that everyone knows. When Roz first visits her in prison, she finds that Olive is not quite what she expected. And if—as Roz is repeatedly warned—Olive lies about almost everything, then why did she confess so readily to two hideous murders? The deeper she is drawn into the shadowy world of the Sculptress, the more firmly she is convinced that Olive is hiding something—perhaps even her innocence. But whom could Olive be protecting—and why?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781491576823
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 11/25/2014
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Minette Walters, a writer by occupation, lives in Romsey, England. Her novels include The Ice-House, which won the John Creasey Prize for Britain’s best first mystery of the year, and The Sculptress, a nominee for the Edgar Allen Poe best novel award.


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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Sculptress 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
bigorangemichael on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When you read a lot of books, it can sometimes be difficult to recall which books you've read and which you haven't. At least that's the case in the time before social networking sites for books. (How did we ever survive?!?)That's what happened with "The Sculptress." I'd thought I'd read it before based on the novel's description and the opening chapters felt vaguely familiar. But for some odd reason I couldn't recall the twists, turns and the solution to the mystery at the center of the book. (This is fairly unusual for a mystery novel and one of the caliber of Minette Walters' works.)Years before, Olive Martin confessed to the horrific crime of killing her mother and sister and then trying to dissect them in time to hide the evidence from her father. She wasn't able to get the job of dissecting them done in time, called the police and confessed to the crime. Martin won't pursue a plea of insanity and now sits in prison. Morbidly obese, Martin has a violent temper and mood swings and has earned the nickname "The Sculptress" for the figurines she carves out of whatever she can find. Enter into the story, Roz Leigh, a former best-selling author in need of a book to keep her publishing career alive. She's assigned the true-crime story of Olive in an attempt to salvage her career and publishing contract. At first, Roz is skeptical she can find a story to tell when it comes to Olive, but upon meeting her and talking to her, Roz begins to think Olive is innocent and may be covering up for someone else. Roz also has some issues of her own--she's suffering from depression. The story delves into both mysteries over the course of the novel. We see some parallels between Olive and Roz--both are fleeing from a past they don't want to accept because of pain associated with it. But neither are really living either, just marking time in the world. Both are in a prison--it's just Olive's that is a physical one.Walters keeps the clues to what's occurred flowing at a good rate. She doesn't give away the entire game in the first few chapters, but she does plant the seeds. Readers will realize there's something more to Roz than within the first few chapters and Walters shows and doesn't tell what's occurred to audience. It makes for a fascinating story and an intriguing mystery.As does what really happened that fateful day in Olive's kitchen. One of the early works by Walters, "The Sculptress" shows the mystery writer on the top of her game. One of her best stories.I'm still not sure why I don't remember reading it the first time...
edwardsgt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It is amazing how dated books seem when the main characters have to find telephone boxes to make phone calls and there is no mention of mobile phones! An unusual story revolving around an author investigating a brutal family murder, where the daughter confessed and everyone accepted that as fact, no matter how unlikely. Probably more of a woman's book as I found it didn't fully engage me.
mazda502001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a good enthralling read. Good plot with lots of twists and turns. A good whodunnit.Back Cover Blurb:The facts of the case were simple: Olive Martin had pleaded guilty to killing and dismembering her sister and mother, earning herself the chilling nickname 'The Sculptress'. This much journalist Rosalind Leigh knew before her first meeting with Olive, currently serving a life sentence. How could Roz have foreseen that the encounter was destined to change her life - for ever?
hazelle123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I fully expected to hate Roz - I mean she seemed so self pitying, then there is the very bad Olive - nothing going for her. But to my shock i warmed to them both, Rozs investigation of the case made me ashamed of my prejudices - i was actually glad when Olive was released. I am not happy about the ending though - Minette leaves me feeling uneasy about Olive and worried for Roz. A good read though
adithyajones on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great mystery with enough twists and turns to keep you on the edge..I loved Walter's writing and depth in characterization brought into the story and also the excellent ending where readers were left skeptical about what really happened even after a happy ending..
Romonko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I couldn't help comparing this book to the movie "Silence of the Lambs". The relationship between Roz the writer and the Sculptress is somewhat similar to that of Hanibal Lector and the journalist (Clarisse). The difference is that in Silence of the Lambs we knew that Lector was a psychopath. In this book we do not know that Olive Martin actually did kill her mother and sister, and when Roz proves by following the many discrepencies in the case, that it wasn't her, but someone else who killed her family, we are still wondering whether or not she is innocent. It is clear why this book won the Edgar Allan Poe Award. It is very well-written and a real page-turner. Roz is a very likeable character, and the whole thing just seems so real. This is an excellent book and for those who enjoy psychological thrillers, a must-read.
klarsenmd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Olive is a morbidly obese young woman, convicted of a terrible crime. She butchered her mother and sister on the kitchen floor and confessed without a bat of an eye. But did she really do it? Roz, a woman with a tragic past herself, takes on the task of writing the story of the Sculptress, as she's called in prison. In her search for the truth, she may just save Olive from a life in prison while healing some of her own wounds. This is a great crime drama, even for those of us who don't read much in this vein. It kept me enthralled from the first page and was difficult to put down.
picardyrose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When she's on her game, she's the best mystery writer in Britain. Score!
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This book was awesome! It kept you guessing up to the last two pages!!! Wonderful!! I just ordered The Breaker.