The Ice House
Winner of the CWA John Creasey
Award for Best Debut Crime Novel
a rotting, unidentifiable corpse is discovered in the grounds of Streech
Grange, it marks the beginning of a nightmare murder investigation for
the three women living there. But is it the beginning? Or does the body
lying in the ice house mean that the police can finally close their file
on David Maybury, who vanished from Streech Grange ten years earlier?
Inspector Walsh, the investigating officer in charge of the original inquiry,
is a man obsessed with uncovering the truth.
His suspicions centre - as they did at the time of her husband's diasappearance
- on Phoebe Maybury. She inhabits a strange, isolated world where her
only close companions are Anne and Diana, the two women friends who live
with her. For many in the local community Streech Grange is as place of
evil, and Phoebe herself has become the focus of the villager's dislike
and fear. They believe that she murdered not only her husband but her
parents as well. And now that some hard evidence has been uncovered the
pressure to convict her becomes intense.
As Walsh and his assistant, Detective Segeant McLoughlin, begin to probe
into private lives and secret passions they assume that a conviction for
murder can only be a formality. But sometimes obsessions can obstruct
of a debut deftly dissects the lives of three reclusive English
women who become the subject of censure and speculation during
a murder investigation... Walters skillfully brings together
the relationships between the women and the policemen into a
complicated but believable puzzle, which she solves with panache.'