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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,459 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Minette Walters Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN:
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Best-selling author Minette Walters writes thrillers that wed classic mystery conventions with contemporary sophistication. In The Ice House - winner of Britain's John Creasey Award for best first crime novel - she serves up a chilling story of love, loyalty, and deadly intrigue.

A small British village has long suspected that the three women living in a local manor house are witches - or even worse. So when an unidentifiable body is found in the home's ice house, everyone is set to believe their guilt, especially police inspector Walsh. Ten years ago, Walsh suspected one of the women of murder, but was unable to make a case. Now, he plans to do whatever it takes to untangle the women's secrets. With one unexpected plot twist after another, Minette Walters delivers a mystery which surprises right through to the very end. Narrator Simon Prebble gives voice to Walters' many wonderful characters and the dark web of secrets hidden deep beneath life's surface.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Estella | 2/14/2014

    " Walters is a gifted writer, and the characters in this book were certainly compelling, but the storyline was a little too creepy for me. After reading The Ice House, I have (again) come to the inescapable conclusion that I need to stick with the "cozy mystery" genre. Yes, dead bodies abound in the cozies, but the mystery is usually solved comfortably over a cup of tea. Predictable, you say? Yep, that's for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/14/2014

    " This one was a re-read, and I enjoyed it immensely. Walters' prickly cast of characters shines in this twisty tale, and she keeps revealing secrets right up to the end. At the same time, its a powerful meditation on the assumptions we make about others, and the things we do to protect ourselves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanna | 2/14/2014

    " Clever and creepy, I agree with the other reviewers. Loved the first 6 or so of Walters' novels and then could not go on after The Shape of Snakes. Clever and creepy got waaaaay too creepy for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Judi | 2/6/2014

    " Just started listening. Too soon to tell yet. Am I talking to myself now? Perhaps it is I that needs to be deleted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy Connorton | 2/3/2014

    " Enjoyed Walters' first mystery & looking forward to watching the DVD loaned to me of the BBC production starring Daniel Craig. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy | 2/2/2014

    " Loved this, my kind of book, kept me guessing and couldn't put it down until I'd finished it. Will definately be reading more by Minette Walters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/15/2014

    " Another Minette Walters. Also disturbing. But I think what I like about her novels is that she does not give too much information about the characters. Even once you've finished reading, you're not so sure who was the "good guy" (or if there was one). It's kind of refreshing, amongst more formulaic mysteries. Still disturbing, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Meyer | 1/14/2014

    " I love Minette's books, a really great crime writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 12/27/2013

    " The first novel by this author, I thought there was a similarity to Agatha Christie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 12/19/2013

    " Needed a book fast and grabbed (hate to admit this) the cheapest one on the shelf. Surprise, surprise I really liked this book! I thought it was going to be a typical English countryside mystery, but this is definitely not typical. The characters are modern and the "mystery" is very well plotted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 12/7/2013

    " fantastic - don't read British mysteries but after this one made a point to read all of her other novels "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April Hochstrasser | 11/24/2013

    " It did go one a bit about the frozen man found in the ice house. I got tired of the repetition, even though the characters were well developed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 7/26/2013

    " An entertaining little mystery. Some of the characters a little "off" in terms of psychological consistency, but it still worked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ???!!! | 6/19/2013

    " Can't say that this is my favorite among all of the Minette Walters book I've read. But I always enjoy reading Minette's characters come to live in her books. Also how she likes to play around with human psychological interpretation of one another. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauriero | 3/23/2013

    " Listened to the Simon Prebble Narration of this book while gardening. Good story, decent plot with some surprising and fun twists. Characters are believable with enough of them likable that I found myself caring about them enough to continue reading. Sort of wish Walters was into writing series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca Balistreri | 2/13/2013

    " Great mystery, unusual in its structure. Clever and creepy "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 jen8998 | 1/30/2013

    " This one really didn't catch my attention. I read the whole thing and somehow missed learning who the victim was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie Jem | 11/5/2012

    " This is one of the best mysteries I have ever read. The characters were vividly written, the action was well described without wordiness, and the mystery itself was full of surprize twists. Our book group discussion was one of the best ever, which is strange when everyone liked the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 8/29/2012

    " beautifully captivating book. I highly suggest you read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margery | 8/25/2012

    " The unidentified remains could be any of three missing persons and there are several suspects - I love British murder mysteries! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen | 3/19/2012

    " Starts out slow but picks up. Actually a 3.5 as it was a page-turner and kept me guessing, but slightly formulaic. Interesting characters and how and why they might hide things for many years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynda Kelly | 2/27/2012

    " I actually keep Minette Walter's books each time I have to have a purge and give a load to charity upon moving house !! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peg Forster | 2/13/2012

    " excellent. kept me guessing til the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 1/28/2012

    " EXCELLENT, her books are always good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teryl | 1/28/2012

    " I thought this was one of her best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 10/17/2011

    " This was a good little murder mystery! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janie | 10/14/2011

    " This maybe one of her most well written and memorable stories. But, while I can't remember specifics of Walters' other novels, I know that there were some that I found more pleasurable to read than The Ice House. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bas | 8/23/2011

    " Good plot, good atmosphere, no stupid plot twists, well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bev | 8/10/2011

    " It's been a while since I read this. I know I thoroughly enjoyed it and went looking for more by Walters. But I was unable to finish any others by her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 8/5/2011

    " I love Minette's books, a really great crime writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 7/29/2011

    " this is a very good read could not put it down, and kept u guessing until the end "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peg | 6/27/2011

    " excellent. kept me guessing til the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 11/11/2010

    " The best debut crime novel I've ever read.
    Walters began her writing career here and she has maintained an incredibly high standard and a loyal following amongst readers.
    Unusual for an author who does not have a 'serial' character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 6/14/2007

    " Listened to this book on audio cd. An excellently told (and narrated) story. "

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About the Author
Author Minette Walters

Minette Walters is a British mystery writer. After studying at Trevelyan College, University of Durham, she began writing in 1987 with The Ice House, and followed this with The Sculptress, which received the 1994 Edgar Award for Best Novel. She has been published in 35 countries and won many awards. The Sculptress has been adapted for television in a BBC series starring Pauline Quirke. Her novels The Ice House, The Echo, The Dark Room, and The Scold’s Bridle have also been adapted by the BBC.

About the Narrator

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received over twenty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.