- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Pan (1 Mar. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1447208099
- ISBN-13: 978-1447208099
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 3 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 451,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Scold's Bridle Paperback – 1 Mar 2012
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"Minette Walters knows the cruel kinkiness that can lurk behind the most sedate of facades."--"Los Angeles Times" "Thoroughly chilling . . . gripping . . . disturbing."--"Orlando Sentinel" "Walters fearlessly flirts with gothic menace and intricacy as she draws all the loose threads together in this full-bodied plot."--"The Washington Post""" "A wonderful, thought-provoking mystery by a brilliant new British writer."--"The San Diego Union-Tribune" "Fans of P.D. James and Ruth Rendell will respond to Minette Walters's deft touch and psychological suspense and appreciate her ability to depict complex and sympathetic women characters."--"Minneapolis Star-Tribune"
About the Author
Minette Walters is a bestselling crime writer. She has won the CWA John Creasey Award for best first crime novel, the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best crime novel published in America and two CWA Gold Daggers for Fiction. Minette lives in Dorset with her husband.
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The story was told almost entirely in dialogue with very few descriptions of the settings in which these conversations took place. How can the reader really get a feel for where they are without descriptions?
There were also hardly any moments of thought or other activity between these conversations. They just went from one conversation to another, like a comedy sketch show.
In fact I did find the structure of the conversations quite comical; they nearly always consisted of only two people; and of the main characters who all knew each other, it would go something like this:
A speaks with B; B speaks with C; B scurries off to speak with D; A speaks with C, etc. until everyone had talked to everyone individually with nothing else going on in between!
But I stuck with it, as it said "Crime Novel of the Year" on the front, but alas (won't be falling for that one again), the ending was like an afterthought. It was as if the author couldn't be bothered finishing the book and had no clue who to have as the murderer. Then months later, she thought she'd make up a totally ridiculous and unbelievable story to try to back up her choice of culprit.
If the settings had been described in any detail, the ending would have made a lot more sense too.
I was furious! It had gone from bad to worse. I guess the people who chose it as "Crime Novel of the Year" must be very easily pleased, or this was the only book they'd read.
I remember seeing a documentary once that said Hitchcock hated whodunnits, as the audience couldn't invest in any of the characters.Read more ›
This is the first time I have read a book written by British author Minette Walters. I thank my friend Janet for recommending her to me. The Scold’s Bride is a beautifully penned mystery. Ms. Walters writes rich literary prose that is such a joy to find in the mystery genre. Though I have not read Ruth Rendell or P.D. James, I have seen other readers compare Ms. Walters’ style to theirs. This is high praise indeed.
The main plotline deals with whether Mathilda Gillespie, considered by many to be a spiteful arrogant old bitch, was murdered or committed suicide. The story is highly involved and is played out by an intriguing cast of characters. These players, in turn, are also complex and well fleshed out. There are numerous secrets and hidden agendas for the authorities to discover and maneuver around if this case is to be solved. A special treat is the way the author laces the narrative with references to the works of William Shakespeare. There are plenty of surprises along the way, and though the tale moves along nicely, I wouldn’t call it a thriller. I characterize the book as a deliciously dark, but not graphic, mystery.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Scold’s Bridle. If you are looking for a quick airplane read, an action-packed thriller, or some great blood and gore, this is not the book for you. This tale is for mystery aficionados who are looking for something intricate and thought provoking, a novel to savor. I am looking forward to my next book by this very special author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Murder, incest,theft...all of life's tragedies written large by a master of twisting plot lines, sensitive dialogue and an understanding of how the human mind works.Published 6 months ago by Bob Chamberlain
Minette Walters is always a delight to read and I've reread this early one a few times.Published 12 months ago by Ada du Preez
l like Minette Walter's stories usually, but l found this one really dull & predictable. It won't stop me reading another of her's though.Published 18 months ago by Jennifer Margaret Smith
Minette Walters at her best. If you have not read this and like unusual thrillers - try it.Published 19 months ago by Val
This was the first book of Minette Walters that I have read and I will certainly read more in the futurePublished on 29 Oct. 2013 by merle kerr
Brilliant book! First book I have read by Minette Walters but won't be the last. I intend to read every book that she has written as I enjoyed this book so much.Published on 31 Mar. 2013 by Gigi88
I found this to be a really enjoyable read. I would say read it if you get the opportunity.
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An old woman is found dead in her bath, her wrists... Read more