Magpie Murders

Magpie Murders

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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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.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2017
ISBN: 9781443452588
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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IndyPL_SteveB Nov 06, 2018

If you like British mystery novels, do not start this book until you have finished your appointments, paid your bills, sent away any visitors, and found a very comfortable place to sit. You won’t be doing anything else for a while – maybe not *noticing* anything else.

Best-selling crime writer Alan Conway has made millions with his Agatha Christie-inspired mystery series, featuring private detective and Holocaust survivor Atticus Pünd. He has just sent his publisher the typescript of the 9th book (“Magpie Murders”) in the series and the publisher has made a copy for Conway’s editor, Susan Ryeland. Susan settles down for the weekend to read it. So do we. Horowitz gives us the full text of Conway’s English village murder mystery and we become wrapped up in it. But after 90% of the plot, we suddenly – along with editor Susan – discover that the end of the book is missing. Then Susan and her boss discover that author Conway has either committed suicide or has been murdered himself. Now Susan becomes the detective in order to solve TWO mysteries, while author Horowitz keeps us readers completely off balance.

This is one impressive and entertaining mystery.

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jimg2000
Oct 22, 2018

A long and winding death investigation between Jul 23 1955 and Aug 1955. The detectives were modeled after Christie's Poirot and a plot to look for the murderer of a generally disliked wealthy village landowner among a community of suspects. First time reader pf Horowit's novels and likely the last. As Spirit_of_Che commented on Aug 22, 2018, too slow to develop etc. and the ending verdict was uninspiring:

Atticus Pünd who never lost sight of a single detail vs Hercule Poirot
James Fraser who was an Oxford graduate vs Captain Arthur Hastings
Raymond Chubb who was a London Detective Inspector vs Chief Inspector James Japp

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WhidbeyIslander
Sep 15, 2018

You get two-for-one mysteries in this clever, fun read. A book editor reads her publisher's best-selling author's new book, but finds the last chapters missing. Searching for them she begins to get involved in a real life mystery (well, you know...). It's well written and keeps your interest, which is all you can ask of a whodunnit.

Karen_Weber Aug 29, 2018

This Anthony Horowitz novel is a wink and a nod to the English parlour murder mystery genre authored by the likes of Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Add to that the idea of a murder mystery story within a murder mystery story and you have double the mystery and double the fun. Well written and a delight to those who love to play with word games - anagrams, acronyms, and the like. Prepare yourself for 1950 English countryside and current day London and get ready to solve some murders!

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Spirit_of_Che
Aug 22, 2018

What kind of novel has another book within it as a clue? Answer - this one. Yes, you have to read the entire other story (200+ pages) before you get into the real story.

The author is a bit too clever for his own sake. The writing was good but the story dragged on a bit too long. So many cute events taking place, I would lightly recommend it, but with reservations.

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pkambiss
Aug 10, 2018

Different and captivating mystery. Definitely recommended.

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gloryb
Aug 05, 2018

What a novel approach to a murder mystery! The story stops just as the detective is ready to announce who did the deed when the story is interrupted. Then another story starts about the editor of that novel trying to find out who killed the author of that story. She is the narrator of that story as well as the investigator! Horowitz certainly knows how to plot, write dialogue, and create lives with secrets that all are unravelled as the novel ends. Horowitz's style of writing is wonderful.

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unicorn1
Jul 20, 2018

I enjoyed this book, although I agree with the previous reader's comments that the author does get a little carried away with his own cleverness. Some of the narrator's thoughts could have been edited and the story tightened up. But overall it was an interesting read. 3 stars

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JLee237
Jul 09, 2018

Cleverly written and a good homage to whodunits novels however the author tried too hard to be clever with the final chapter when he "interviews" the one of the main characters.

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lbielecki
Jul 05, 2018

I loved the book and the idea very original. I highly recommend it to anyone.

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