The Sculptress

  • by Minette Walters
  • Narrated by Sandra Burr
  • 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Everyone knows Olive Martin, the huge and menacing woman who was found five years ago with the carved-up bodies of her mother and younger sister. Everyone knows how she pleaded guilty to murder at her trial. And everyone knows not to anger the Sculptress even now that she is safely locked in prison for a minimum of 25 years.When Rosalind Leigh accepts a commission to write a book about Olive, she finds herself wondering what lies behind all of these facts that everyone knows. When Roz first visits her in prison, she finds that Olive is not quite what she expected. And if - as Roz is repeatedly warned - Olive lies about almost everything, then why did she confess so readily to two hideous murders? The deeper she is drawn into the shadowy world of the Sculptress, the more firmly she is convinced that Olive is hiding something - perhaps even her innocence. But whom could Olive be protecting - and why?

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Edgar Award, Best Novel, 1994

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Good story, poor narration

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, but only if they can overlook the tedious narration.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sculptress?

The last few sentences...


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sandra Burr?

Anyone British. Most Americans do dreadful British accents and Sandra Burr's accents were labored and forced. I was always aware that she was an American "acting" the part. It was distracting.


Could you see The Sculptress being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It has already been filmed as a BBC film.


Any additional comments?

This book made me want to read more Minette Walters.

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- Kathy

Top-notch crime fiction

Unlike the other review here, I didn't find the romantic plot twist a distraction from the story. The twists and turns of the narrative were first-rate and the plot kept me guessing until the last few chapters. Great stuff and a terrific listen.
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- Tracy Hoffmann

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-19-2009
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio