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Maybe the best Mallory book?
on 26 August 2004
The latest Mallory book begins with the dead body of a burglar, apparently killed in self-defence. Except the corpse had been carrying an ice-pick in a house that long ago witnessed the massacre of a family.....all killed with an ice pick.
This book is brilliant, and though I think the whole series is truly amazing, it still stands out.
"Winter House" sees a strong return to the almost supernatural feel of the earlier books and features Charles Butler heavily (which is always a good thing as far as I'm concerned). Also all of the members of the poker group make a welcome appearance.
The book feels like it is firmly rooted into its place in the series (which one or two of the others haven't) and contains subtle references to events in previous books.
Mallory's own emotions are very much in evidence, again giving lie to the idea of a restrained sociopath. And, as this is Carol O'Connell, the plotting is easily equal to the standard set by her stunning writing style.
I read it straight through and then again two days later. It really is exquisite and I cannot recommend it enough, or give it enough stars.
And though it's been said many times before, Carol O'Connell really does transcend the genre and her books are as hard to pigeon hole as Mallory, herself.
If you have never read Carol O'Connell or a Mallory book then start with the first ("Mallory's Oracle") and work your way through the series of, now eight. They are worth every moment you will spend reading them and more.