The Ice House

Minette Walters

1992 Winner

CWA New Blood Dagger

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01 March 2012
432 pages


Winner of the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey Award for best first novel, The Ice House is the mystery thriller from crime queen Minette Walters.

It was evident, if there were no other entrance to the ice house, that the body had at some point traversed this thorny barrier . . . The big question was, how long ago? How long had that nightmare been there?

The people of Streech village had never trusted the three women living up at the Grange – not since Phoebe Maybury's husband suddenly, inexplicably, vanished.

Ten years later a corpse is discovered in the grounds and Phoebe's nightmare begins. For once they have identified the body the police are determined to charge her with murder . . .

The most impressive first novel in years.

Daily Telegraph

A seductive writer with an imagination that makes her dangerous to know.

Sunday Express

Terrific first novel with a high Rendellesque frisson count.

The Times