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The Postscript Murders (Harbinder Kaur #2) [Reading] ➻ The Postscript Murders (Harbinder Kaur #2) By Elly Griffiths – Murder leaps off the page when crime novelists begin to turn up dead in this intricate new novel by internationally bestselling author Elly Griffiths, a literary mystery perfect for fans of Anthony Ho Murder leaps off the page when crime novelists begin to turn up dead in this intricate new novel by internationally bestselling author Elly Griffiths, a literary mystery perfect for fans of Anthony Horowitz and Agatha ChristieThe death of a ninetyyearold woman with a heart condition should not be suspicious Detective The Postscript PDF or Sergeant Harbinder Kaur certainly sees nothing out of the ordinary when Peggy’s caretaker, Natalka, begins to recount Peggy Smith’s passing But Natalka had a reason to be at the police station: while clearing out Peggy’s flat, she noticed an unusual number of crime novels, all dedicated to Peggy And each psychological thriller included a mysterious postscript: PS: for PS When a gunman breaks into the flat to steal a book and its author is found dead shortly thereafter—Detective Kaur begins to think that perhaps there is no such thing as an unsuspicious death after all And then things escalate: from an Aberdeen literary festival to the streets of Edinburgh, writers are being targeted DS Kaur embarks on a road trip across Europe and reckons with how exactly authors can think up such realistic crimes.

About the Author: Elly Griffiths

Elly Griffiths' Ruth Galloway novels take for their inspiration Elly's husband, who gave up a city job to train as an archaeologist, and her aunt who lives on the Norfolk coast and who filled her niece's head with the myths and legends of that area Elly has two children and The Postscript PDF or lives near Brighton Though not her first novel, The Crossing Places is her first crime novel.

10 thoughts on “The Postscript Murders (Harbinder Kaur #2)

  1. Meredith Meredith says:

    4.5 stars

    “If I’m ever killed, my TBR pile will be the murder weapon.”

    The Postscript Murders is a tautly written murder mystery centered around the death of a 90-year-old woman who happens to have been a murder consultant.

    When Peggy Smith, a 90-year-old woman, is found dead, no one believes foul play had a role in her death….that is no one but her Ukrainian carer, Natalka. Upon the discovery that Peggy served as a murder consultant, thinking up unique ways for characters to die, for popular and critically acclaimed authors, Natalka teams up with Edwin, an 80-year-old “ancient TV producer, and Benedict an “ex-monk-turned-coffee-shop owner” to investigate Peggy’s death. Detective Harbinder Kaur is brought into the fold.

    Investigating Peggy’s death changes the lives of this motley and eccentric group of armchair detectives. It also makes an impact on Harbinder’s life.

    There are multiple narrators, all of whom offer a unique perspective on the investigation. Natalka was my favorite character, followed by Benedict. But really, I loved all of the characters.

    This is book two in the Harbinder Kaur series but can be read as a standalone. Clare and a few others who played a role in The Stranger Diaries make appearances, but it is not essential to read these books in order.

    The Postscript Murders is a book for mystery lovers, especially those who are fans of jazz-age mysteries, as well for those who love to play the role of armchair detective. Clues are found in books, and I love the idea of a 90-year-old woman being credited with thinking up original murders for novelists to use in their books. My only gripe was that I wanted to know more about Peggy.

    I loved every minute of this book! It is smart, witty, and full of wonderful book-related gems. I had so much fun reading it. The mystery has many layers, and all is not what it seems. The characters are developed, intelligent, and each lovable in their own way. I hope to see all of them again in future books!

    “Is there really a world where people care so much about books that they write to the authors and consider them friends?”

    I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  2. marilyn marilyn says:

    The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths 

    The Postscript Murders gives us a cozy murder mystery, in the style of Agatha Christie. No in your face blood and guts, just a 90 year old woman who is such an expert on how to kill people that authors use her as their murder consultant. But when Peggy dies, one of her caretakers, Natalka, gets suspicious for a number of reasons. Natalka had seen Peggy that morning and she was just fine, so Natalka, Benedict, the local coffee shack guy, and Edwin, Peggy's 80 year old neighbor, start brainstorming things they've found and become amateur murder sleuths, to the annoyance of DS Harbinder Kaur, who is the official investigator on the case. Peggy's death does seem suspicious, especially when an intruder holds a gun on Natalka and Benedict, while they are looking at crime books in the late Peggy's apartment. 

    We get to see things from the viewpoints of Natalka, Benedict, Edwin, Harbinder and others. Eventually Natalka, Benedict, and Edwin take off to an Aberdeen literary festival to do their snooping, and things get more dangerous and perplexing. Both Benedict and Harbinger are the most entertaining to me, with their inner thoughts on everything that was going on. Natalka brings to mind a beautiful spy (I'm not saying she is a spy), Edwin, at 80, is as suave as he was in his younger days, and Harbinder gets so irked by her partner Neil that she imagines he's a small woodland creature, although I don't think this helped her relationship with him, one bit. 

    Harbinder played a role in The Stranger Diaries but it's not necessary to read that book to enjoy this one. I hope we see more of Harbinder (and friends) in future books. I'd love to see things from the viewpoint of Neil, Harbinder's partner. As much as she thinks he drives her nuts, I suspect he has a few complaints of his own. 

    Expected publication: March 2, 2021

    Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for this ARC.

  3. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    Elly Griffiths's sequel to The Stranger Diaries featuring the gay, Sikh DS Harbinder Kaur, in her thirties, yet still living with her parents, is a rather different affair, but a winner nevertheless with murder and mayhem set in the world of a crime writers community, literary agents, murder consultants and publishers. In Shoreham by the Sea, a West Sussex coastal town, 90 year old Peggy Smith sits by her window, observing the world outside, making notes in her investigation book, such as the appearance of two suspicious men in a car outside. When Ukrainian care worker, Natalka Kolsnyk finds Peggy dead in her chair by the window, it seems a straightforward natural death of an elderly woman. However, a number of strange oddities make Natalka wonder if it could be murder.

    There is the business card proclaiming Peggy as a murder consultant, and so many of her crime books have the authors thanking her for her help, acknowledging her contribution to their crime novels. Then there is the postcard with the ominous message 'We are coming for you'. Natalka, a mathematics graduate, gifted in algorithms in cryptocurrencies, takes her concerns to Harbinder whose interest is aroused and cemented when Natalka and Edwin are disturbed by a gunman in Peggy's flat. Unwilling to leave the investigation in the hands of the police, Natalka, the gay 80 year old Edwin Fitzgerald, a former researcher and religious radio broadcaster and an ex-monk, Benedict Cole, who runs The Shack cafe, form a tight knit group. Each has been lonely in their own way, now proving to be remarkably adept and skilled amateur detectives as crime authors begin to be murdered, not put off in the slightest by the danger they find themselves in.

    Griffiths excels in the creation and development of quirky characters in her crime novels, and Natalka, Edwin and Benny make for a wonderfully interesting bunch, each bringing their own specific qualities as they dig deep to get to the truth of the murders and Peggy's mysterious history. Trying to rein them in and protect them, all to little effect as they take off to a literary crime festival in Aberdeen, is Harbinder, with her acute observations, yearning for a romantic relationship, trying to be there for her beloved mother when she suffers an injury that puts her out of action for a little while. This is a wonderfully entertaining crime read, humorous, engaging and just so much fun to read, leaving me looking forward to the next in the series. Fans of Griffiths will love this. Many thanks to Quercus for an ARC.

  4. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    The second book in the Harbinder Kaur series and it is an absolute delight!

    The Postscript Murders is a murder mystery but it tends strongly towards cosy with several of the characters acting as amateur detectives and getting themselves into all kinds of difficulties. Luckily the police are involved and do actually maintain control of the investigations most of the time.

    This is a book about books and their authors, publishers and literary agents. There are also retired wartime spies spending their time creating new ways for book characters to die, Ukrainian refugees out for revenge and an aged care nurse working the bitcoin market in her free time. All good fun and written so nicely it never becomes too over the top.

    Elly Griffiths has a light touch in this book. There is plenty of humour, especially from Harbinder herself. She has her own wonderful ways of dealing internally with implied racism and with her partner's foibles. The three amateur detectives, Natalka, Edwin and Benedict are all beautifully drawn and make you cross your fingers that things will end well for them.

    I know it was a good book because I found myself reading bits out loud to anyone who was listening. I thought it was good fun, very well written and totally entertaining.

    My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  5. Dorie - Cats&Books :) Dorie - Cats&Books :) says:

    Well this was definitely a surprise of a book coming from this author! I read and loved “The Stranger Diaries” and some of her Ruth Galloway books. I think those books had a more “sinister”, heavier feel to them.

    Who has ever heard of a “murder consultant”?? Well in this book you will hear all about Peggy, a lovely woman who was considered just that. She helped authors find unique ways of “killing off their characters” and she was well known among murder mystery writers.

    The book opens with her Ukranian caregiver, Natalka, finding Peggy dead at her desk. This is where she wrote her “investigations” and observations of the people passing in front of her bay window overlooking the sea. Her death was thought to be a heart attack, natural causes. She was said to have a known heart condition? Did she??

    This starts the beginning of a very novel mystery. The lead detective assigned to the case, DS Harbinder Kaur, gets lots of help from Peggy’s friends in solving this case. There are many different ideas floated around but when others are found dead, supposedly of natural causes, there are suspicions of a possible serial killer?

    The characters were amazing, here are some of them; the first 4 make up our murder solving investigators! I love how their relationships changed and how well these four worked together :

    Edwin, Peggy’s friend used to frequently do crossword puzzles. He was a very close friend and is shocked at her death. He said he thought she was quite healthy.

    Benedict is a former monk, he is a caring neighbor and thinks Peggy’s death is suspicious, he loves murder mysteries

    Natalka, is an amazing caregiver, we see her change a lot during the book, in a good way. She found Peggy dead and was the first to suggest this might be murder!

    Harbinger Kaur is a very interesting character, she seems to have a rough exterior but she shows another side of herself in this novel

    Nigel, Peggy’s son who doesn’t seem to be in mourning for his mother, in fact he starts packing the flat up to sell as soon as he could. Why was he in such a hurry, something isn’t right here.

    Multiple murder victims whose names I will not mention or that would spoil the surprise :)

    I really enjoyed this book, it was a very different side of Ms.Griffiths that I have not read before. I would recommend this book, it was a good mystery, well plotted and had great characters that made me care about them.

    I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley
    This novel will be published on March 2, 2021

  6. Ceecee Ceecee says:

    Ninety year old Peggy Smith observes two men from her window seat at her sheltered accommodation ‘Seaview Court’ in Shoreham, West Sussex. Peggy is an astute observer but why do they attract her attention? Shortly after this, Peggy is found dead by her Ukrainian born carer Natalka. Maybe her death is no surprise given Peggy’s age but Natalka is uneasy, as is fellow resident and friend, sprightly eighty year old Edwin. They discuss their thoughts with mutual friend and coffee shop owner Benedict and decide Natalka should go to the police with their suspicions. DS Harbinder Kaur investigates and this takes her from Shoreham to Aberdeen and back again in search of the truth. The story is told from several perspectives including Harbinder and this works really well.

    First of all, although Peggy isn’t in in the book as such, you feel her fascinating and enigmatic presence throughout. She was a ‘murder consultant’ who helped many authors struggling with plot holes to find solutions and this is intrinsic in the storytelling. The characters are terrific as they are all colourfully likeable with really good back stories which makes them a cut above other characters in this genre. I’m sure Harbinder will feature again as she is such a good lead detective character but Natalka, Edwin and Benedict make such excellent amateur sleuths it would be great if they made another appearance too. There’s plenty of humour which I really like (several unladylike snorts of laugher throughout the reading!) and each chapter has a heading which is either obviously funny or dryly ironic. It is extremely well written, it has an old fashioned ‘Golden Age’ crime novel vibe to it but it’s not at all dated, in fact it feels clever, fresh and original. It has all the requisite features of a crime novel with some shocks, dangerous incidents, a killing spree, numerous twists and although it does get somewhat convoluted towards the end it’s a fun caper! I love the crime novel, television show references and quotes throughout and the wry commentary on the literary world is good too.

    Overall, this is a very enjoyable read with an intriguing and well thought out plot that keeps you guessing. Recommended.

    With thanks to NetGalley and Quercus for the ARC

    4-5 stars rounded up because of the entertainment value!

  7. Jayme Jayme says:

    Unpopular opinion alert!
    This was just a 3⭐️ read for me!

    I loved “The Stranger Diaries”...the story within the book, the suspense, the hint of the Supernatural...

    So, I was excited to receive approval to read an ARC of “The Postscript Murders”!

    The death of 90 year old, Peggy Smith, reveals that she has been a “Murder Consultant” for several best-selling crime fiction authors! Her name appears in dedications and the acknowledgement pages of several books-apparently she was great at plotting and dreaming up new ways to murder someone!

    P.S. Thanks for the Murders
    P.S. for PS

    I wanted to hear about how Peggy collaborated with the authors and brainstormed with them! I wanted to hear her ideas, and to get to know HER. Peggy could have been one of those characters that we never forget!

    THAT is the book that I wanted to read!

    But, alas, we didn’t get to spend time with Peggy beyond the Prologue.

    Instead, we join her three friends (unlikely armchair detectives) and DI Harbinder Kaur (who was first introduced in The Stranger Diaries) for a “COZY” mystery, which at times read a bit like a farce to me because of a white Ford Fiesta which seemed to be lurking around all of the authors of the “Postscript Murders”.

    It is not necessary to read “The Stranger Diaries” to read this one, but if you haven’t read it, it was the book which I preferred of the two.

    P.S. This will be available in the U.S. on March 2, 2021.

  8. Carolyn Carolyn says:

    This new series from Elly Griffiths featuring DS Harbinder Kaur, a thirty six year old gay Sikh woman still living with her parents, is shaping up to be very enjoyable. More cosy crime than police procedural, it has a lighter feel than her excellent Elly Griffiths series with a good infusion of humour.

    In this second episode, the mystery is kicked off with the unexpected death of ninety year old, Peggy Smith, a woman with an interesting past and a self proclaimed Murder Consulatant who helps authors with plots for their murder mysteries. Her friends, pensioner Edwin, carer Natalka and cafe owner Benedict all become involved in solving the mystery of her death, much to Harbinder's amusement and despair. The amateur detectives are all interesting quirky characters, something the author writes so well. Harbinder is also developing well as an original character; a good detective with a kind heart who listens to people but gets the job done. The plot takes us into the world of writing and publishing and even to a literary festival. Well written with some good twists and a gentle humour, this was a fun and engaging read. 4.5★

    With thanks to Quercus Books and Netgalley for a digital arc to read

  9. Rob Rob says:

    Book 2 in the Harbinder Kaur series published 2020.

    This, I imagine, is what is referred to as a cosy mystery and not a genre that I would normally gravitate towards. But much to my surprise, and pleasure, I found it to be a highly entertaining and enjoyable read.

    What made it so entertaining was the eclectic cast of characters, the evolving mystery and the subtle but ever present humour.

    The characters include.
    1. DS Harbinder Kaur, a female detective in a male dominated work place. She is also gay; a Sikh and in her mid thirties is still lives with her mum and dad.
    2. The beautiful and mysterious Natalka, a refugee from The Ukraine now living in England and working as carer for the aged. As luck would have it she is also a maths wizard.
    3. Bernie, who until recently lived a cloistered life as a monk but know is the barista in his own coffee shop. Bernie also has the hots for Natalka.
    4. Last but not least there’s elderly, dapper Edwin a retired TV producer, who like Harbinder, is gay.
    What’s not to like.

    When Natalka finds one of her clients, Peggy Smith, sitting in her favourite chair in front of her favourite window all seems normal but for one thing Peggy is dead. The police are called, enter DS Kaur, but given the fact that Peggy was in her nineties the verdict is death by natural causes.

    The obligatory spanner in the works turns up when Natalka finds some very strange cards inside some of Peggy’s books, cards that read “We’re coming for you”.
    Natalka is sufficiently intrigued that she decides to share this worrisome information with her friends, Bernie and Edwin. The group then decide to take their worries to DS Kaur who soon finds herself drawn into the mystery.

    The search for the truth will take the sleuths from the south of England to the north of Scotland and before we get to the truth there will be a plethora of red herrings to confuse you every step of the way.

    I can only say that this was an enjoyable and entertaining departure from my norm.

    A highly recommended 4 star read.

    Many thanks to the publisher Quercuc Books and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book

  10. Javier Javier says:

    ”She didn’t get all that knowledge from her husband. I think she got it from books.”

    “You’re right. You can travel the world in books.”

    “The postcript murders” was so much fun! After a couple of disappointments on my recent reads I knew this was gonna be a winner for me from page one.

    Murder mystery set in the literary world + eclectic and charming cast of characters = 5 ⭐️

    In this second instalment in the DS Harbinder Kaur series, our favorite Sikh gay detective makes a come back with a trio of amateur detectives that were a complete delight. There’s Natalka, an Ukrainian refugee working as a carer and cryptocurrency genius. Benedict, an ex-monk turned barista suffering a case of Detective Fever. And Edwin, a 80 yo gay TV producer. They were all very well drawn out and were instantly likable. Also I find DS Kaur character so refreshing, as it’s not the usual tortured detective character. It will be nice to see how her family relationship evolves from now on.

    The story managed to grabbed me from page one. As you know I adore mysteries about writers, crime books, the literary world and so on, and this book was a perfect match for me. The story is laced with some humour and that’s always a win. And the “murder consultant” concept was hilarious! I want that job!

    I loved how Harbinder didn’t dismiss the trio of amateur detectives, and while she didn’t encourage them to investigate, she listened and respected their findings. The friendship they created was so wonderful! (for all her pretended coldness she sure gets friendly with her suspects! See “The stranger diaries”)

    All the different POVs made the story pretty dynamic and when you thought that all was said and done there was a final twist that, truth be told, hurt a little.

    Super enjoyable cozy mystery. Can’t wait to see again DS Kaur, and hopefully, her new friends too.

    Thanks to Netgalley and Quercus for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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