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Magpie Murders: A Novel by [Horowitz, Anthony]
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Length: 496 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Amazon.com Review

An Amazon Best Book of June 2017: When editor Susan Ryeland begins to read the latest manuscript by curmudgeonly, bestselling author Alan Conway, she has no idea that by the time she gets to the end, the author will be dead from a mysterious fall, and that the last chapter of his last novel will be MIA. Sounds simple enough, but Horowitz uses this set-up to construct a clever novel-within-a-novel framework. One novel is set in 1950s Saxby-on-Avon, the English village where Conway’s Poirot-like fictional detective Atticus Pund arrives to investigate a murder, the other in modern-day London where Susan’s reading of the manuscript leads her to suspect that Conway’s death may not have been accidental. Two novels for the price of one means double the fun for readers: two mysteries, two detectives, and possibly two murderers. Paying homage to the vintage British manor house mysteries, Magpie Murders is a masterfully dark, twisty thriller with only one down side: reading it will make you wish there really was a series of Atticus Pund thrillers. --Vannessa Cronin, The Amazon Book Review

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“[In The House of Silk,] Watson’s elegiac voice should silence the objections of even the most persnickety Sherlock scholar.” (NPR)

“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)

“A book firmly rooted in the style of Doyle, faithful to the character as created and with just enough wiggle room to allow the author to say all the things he’s been longing to say about the world of 221B Baker Street...THE HOUSE OF SILK will satisfy.” (Huffington Post)

Horowitz has written a humdinger of a Bond story, so cunningly crafted and thrillingly paced that 007’s creator would have been happy to have owned it. . . . From his brilliant first chapter on, Horowitz is a pitch-perfect mimic of the Fleming one-line punch. (Simon Schama, Financial Times)

Horowitz . . . delivers the tersely precise prose that makes Bond so compelling, but more than that, he also supplies touches of Fleming’s cruel poetry. . . . A brisk and effective ride. (The Guardian)

Great fun . . . [for] readers who can’t get enough of James Bond at his coolest and suave-est. (Seattle Times)

“This can only be described as incredibly clever—but what else would you expect from Horowitz?” (The Herald (Glasgow))

“There’s much to enjoy in Anthony Horowitz’s spry, sardonic Magpie Murders.” (The Guardian)

“The heart of any good thriller is the plot, and…Horowitz doesn’t disappoint. The action moves with high velocity…. Also stays true to the Bond of Fleming’s books.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Impressive…. The sturdy plot involves a suitably diabolical and grandiose scheme. An excellent mimic of Fleming’s prose, Horowitz delivers an entertainment sure to please James Bond fans.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“[In The House of Silk,] Watson’s elegiac voice should silence the objections of even the most persnickety Sherlock scholar.” (Sophie Hannah, author of The Monogram Murders)

“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))

“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.” (Sunday Times)

“A stylish, multi-layered thriller—playful, ingenious and wonderfully entertaining.” (Sunday Mirror)

“…fiendishly clever new thriller…In true Conan Doyle tradition, all the clues are skillfully hidden in plain sight, but readers will sail right past them until a shocking twist forces them to replay the entire sequence of events in their heads, begrudgingly admiring the author for his audacity.” (Bookish)

“The Atticus Pund story is superbly written, with great suspects, a perfect period feel and a cracking reveal at the end.” (The Spectator (UK))

“It’s the same flickering and compulsive feeling as being pulled into The Magpie Murders, Anthony Horowitz’s unputdownable puzzle whodunit.” (Toronto Sun; 24 Hours)

“Cleverly written with a fun plot and interesting characters, Magpie Murders is a good murder mystery.” (Glenn Perrett, Metroland Book Blog)

Product details

  • File Size: 1313 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (June 6, 2017)
  • Publication Date: June 6, 2017
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LWL3JC8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,981 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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