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Magpie Murders: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, June 6, 2017
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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
“Each of the narratives in Magpie Murders is engaging and fluid, each with its own charm, though Horowitz’s joyful act of Christie ventriloquism is, in particular, spectacularly impressive.” (Washington Post)
“Anthony Horowitz’s Magpie Murders is catnip for classic mystery lovers… With its elegant yet playful plotting, Magpie Murders is the thinking mystery fan’s ideal summer thriller.” (Time Magazine)
“An ingenious funhouse mirror of a novel sets a vintage ‘cozy’ mystery inside a modern frame.” (Wall Street Journal)
“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)
“Doubly Devilish.” (People)
“Horowitz..has devised an ingenious whodunit within a whodunit, a metamystery with Agatha Christie roots.” (O, the Oprah Magazine)
“A treat for fans of golden age mysteries…. [A] tour de force …. Horowitz throws in several wicked twists…. Highly satisfying.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Magpie Murders is an ingenious, twisting tribute to the sleepy English countryside murder and will thoroughly entertain readers of old fashioned detective thrillers.” (New York Journal of Books)
“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 Reviews (starred))
“A perfect summer read from the author of Moriarty.” (AARP Magazine)
“Magpie Murders [is] a fiendishly clever literary puzzle.” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
“There’s much to enjoy in Anthony Horowitz’s spry, sardonic Magpie Murders.” (Guardian)
“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)
“Superbly written, with great suspects, a perfect period feel, and a cracking reveal at the end.” (The Spectator)
“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.” (Sunday Mirror)
“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)
“This can only be described as incredibly clever—but what else would you expect from Horowitz?” (The Herald (Glasgow))
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Anthony Horowitz’s 2017 book, “Magpie Murders,” is really like an onion: you peel back one layer to discover another. And there are some other games dropped like golden apples to amuse and distract along the way.
The introduction sets up a tale within a tale format: a Cloverleaf Publishing House editor, Susan Ryeland, lets us know she is reviewing a manuscript for a mystery with the eponymous title. And that the book has changed her life… significantly by hinting she is no longer employed at Cloverleaf.
At that point we are plunged into a mid-1950’s setting for a traditional English murder mystery, replete with multiple characters and motives, a private detective with his own eccentricities and assistant and lovely detailing of a Cotswold village and environs.
All seems to be progressing along familiar lines until Ms. Ryeland comes back into the narrative with the jarring detail that the last chapter telling “who done it” has gone missing. This revelation sets off an entirely different sequence of events further complicated by the fact that the mystery author has died under curious circumstances. Hmmm…
Stop the presses! We now have two mysteries. It seems that the second one will interfere with resolving the first, especially as there were a lot of reasons for the author to be done dirty. An added tidbit is the author’s penchant for puzzles and thin disguises borrowing from those around him for characters, locations and maybe motives used in his works.
And the fun gets romping as various clues and enigmas are exposed. They are entertaining; some may even cause you to laugh out loud. Shocking!
The author’s writing is rich in detail and description making the read engaging and comfortable. Horowitz offers some entertaining asides about popular British detective personas such as Morse and the Midsommer Murders folks but strictly as references since the framework of the book is set in today’s publishing world.
You may or may not want to match wits with the plotting. I, for one, was quite happy to go along for the ride. Such a pleasure to discover a writer well grounded in the tradition of his genre!
Susan Ryeland is a book editor. She is reading the latest book by the publisher’s most successful writer, Alan Conway. This is the 9th book in the Atticus Pund series. We get a little background on Susan and find out that Alan Conway is not the most pleasant author to publish. We then read Magpie Murders along with Susan. That story takes place in a small English village. Mr. Pund and his assistant Mr. Fraser are there to solve two murders. As Susan reads, she wonders if there is another mystery hidden in the book that involves Alan Conway due to some interesting parallels between the story and real life. And, the final chapter of Magpie Murders is missing! We are all left hanging. When Alan Conway dies by apparent suicide, Susan is not convinced. She becomes detective, trying to find both the final chapter and the real story of Alan’s death.
Hang on for the twists, turns, and suspense. There are a host of suspects in both stories and a lot of red herrings. The book is also full of clever anagrams and word puzzles. I was not able to solve either of the mysteries and enjoyed being surprised by the endings. Mr. Horowitz did a very good job of writing the stories in two different voices. That could not have been easy. If you are a lover of classic English mysteries and of more modern fare, this is an excellent choice. I highly recommend this book!
One other mystery arising from this book which I shall investigate with further reading is that at one point our book editor heroine badmouths the work of author Will Self in passing. I had previously considered reading his novel Umbrella and have now bought it. Was this good natured joshing of two author pals or a vicious blow arising from some personal or professional rivalry between the two? Who knows? Well, I'll decide if I like Self.
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I enjoyed Magpie Murders up to a point.. It was a good story and very well written. I didnt like the format at all. So.Read more