My review of The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths
When I began this book, I didn’t realize it was the second in a series. I picked it up purely because found the cover interesting. And I’m so glad I did. By the way – I listened to this as an audiobook, which I highly recommend. The narrator did a wonderful job with the various voices. This recording also had a particularly enjoyable addition – phone calls actually sound like phone calls!
Another nice piece to this story – diversity. The main character is of Indian descent. There are a couple of references to the fact that people of color don’t see many others in certain circles. There are also gay characters featured in the story. I love that diverse characters are layered and complex – and simply a part of the story. Nothing about this felt contrived.
The story begins with the death of an elderly woman in “Preview Court,” a senior living community. The woman was a meticulous record keeper, an avid reader, and had a business card that identified her as a “murder consultant.” Three unlikely friends: her carer (originally from Ukraine), a coffee shop owner (formerly a monk), and a sharp dressing gay octogenarian join forces to find the murderer. Together, they investigate Peggy Smith’s death, finding that she has ties to numerous crime writers. Though hesitant to involve civilians, Detective Sergeant Harbinder Kaur finds their insights invaluable. Together, they put together the pieces of a intricate literary puzzle that spans from Russia to Scotland.
The book was thoroughly enjoyable, and read well as a standalone without reading the first in the series. The characters were likable and layered. The plot was well-written, with clues sprinkled throughout. By the end of the story, I felt like I knew Benedict, Natalka, Edwin, and Harbinder. I’d happily sit at the picnic table near the Shack and enjoy a decadent cup of cappuccino with these folks.
“She’s very good at disappearing into the background. All old people are.”