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Magpie Murders

by Anthony Horowitz

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Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2017
    464 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Moriarty and Trigger Mortis, this fiendishly brilliant, riveting thriller weaves a classic whodunit worthy of Agatha Christie into a chilling, ingeniously original modern-day mystery.

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the bestselling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful. So successful that Susan must continue to put up with his troubling behavior if she wants to keep her job.

Conway's latest tale has Atticus Pünd investigating a murder at Pye Hall, a local manor house. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but the more Susan reads, the more she's convinced that there is another story hidden in the pages of the manuscript: one of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition, and murder.

Masterful, clever, and relentlessly suspenseful, Magpie Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the reader becomes the detective.

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"Starred Review. A treat for fans of golden age mysteries… [A] tour de force … Horowitz throws in several wicked twists… Highly satisfying." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Fans who still mourn the passing of Agatha Christie…will welcome this wildly inventive homage…as the most fiendishly clever puzzle - make that two puzzles - of the year." - Kirkus

"Starred Review. Both stories might stand alone, but combined, they result in a delightful puzzle. Fans of Agatha Christie and the BBC's Midsomer Murders and Foyle's War (both written by Horowitz) will relish this double mystery." - Library Journal

"While the first story is more enjoyable than the second, which drags a little, this is overall a very entertaining set of tales, and readers will enjoy finding clues in the whodunit that will help solve the mystery in the latter tale." - Booklist

"An ingenious novel-within-a-novel... part crime novel, part pastiche, this magnificent piece of crime fiction plays with the genre while also taking it seriously."- The Sunday Times (UK)

"There's much to enjoy in Anthony Horowitz's spry, sardonic Magpie Murders." - The Guardian (UK)

"Superbly written, with great suspects, a perfect period feel, and a cracking reveal at the end." - The Spectator (UK)

"Anthony Horowitz has devised a fiendish mystery within a mystery that will have you hooked from page one. We loved this Agatha Christie-esque crime novel." - Good Housekeeping (UK)

"A stylish, multi-layered thriller - playful, ingenious and wonderfully entertaining." - The Sunday Mirror (UK)

"This can only be described as incredibly clever - but what else would you expect from Horowitz?" - The Herald (UK)

"A compendium of dark delights ... A brilliant pastiche of the English village mystery and a hugely enjoyable tale of avarice and skullduggery in the world of publishing." - Irish Times

"Brilliant. Really, really brilliant. I loved it." - Sophie Hannah, author of The Monogram Murders

"An extravagant circus of a novel, part high-wire act, part funhouse mirror. Intricate, bold, stone-cold clever - both comfortably old-fashioned and thrillingly new." - A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window

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Bev C

Magpie Murders
This is about the final manuscript of a bestselling crime writer, Alan Conway.

At Cloverleafbooks, his editor Susan Ryeland receives his final Atticus Pund mystery for review.
However, the manuscript is missing the last chapters and the crime writer has been found dead.
Why did Conway commit suicide?
Why is the manuscript incomplete?
Is there is a story hidden within the story in the manuscript?

5? British mystery
I found its intricacies intriguing.

Highly recommended

Bev

Magpie Murders
This is about the final manuscript of a bestselling crime writer, Alan Conway.
At Cloverleaf books, his editor Susan Ryeland receives, for review, his final Atticus Pund mystery.

However, the manuscript is missing the last chapters and the crime writer has been found dead. Why did Conway commit suicide? Why is the manuscript incomplete? Is there is a story hidden within the story in the manuscript?

I found its intricacies intriguing.

Highly recommended

Becky H

Bring back Atticus!
This book within a book was frustrating at times. It was difficult to know who was the narrator and which “book” you were in. There is a difference of font, but it is a slight variation and easily missed. Susan is a bit too “talky.” I wanted her to just get on with it instead of rehashing all of the clues and suspects. I thought the Atticus book was by far the better plotted and told of the two tales. It just took forever to get to the finish line.
Andreas seemed to be thrown in just so he could be around to “finish the plot.” Susan didn’t miss him at all when he was gone for 6 weeks. The end, therefore, seemed too pat a finish.
The depiction of the English village and the various inhabitants was spot on. I didn’t agree with some of the characterizations of other detectives. I rather like Father Brown and don’t find Miss Marple brusque at all.
So….. Magpie Murders by Alan Conway is well written and tightly plotted. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz is too long and too fussy. Bring back Conway and Pünd!

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Anthony Horowitz Author Biography

Anthony Horowitz is the author of the New York Times bestseller Moriarty and the internationally bestselling The House of Silk, as well as the New York Times bestselling Alex Rider series for young adults. As a television screenwriter, he created Midsomer Murders and the BAFTA-winning Foyle's War, both of which were featured on PBS's Masterpiece Mystery. He regularly contributes to a wide variety of national newspapers and magazines, and in January 2014 was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his services to literature. He lives in London.

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