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Magpie Murders: A Novel
By: Anthony Horowitz
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(as of: 08/19/17)
Manufacturer: Harper
ISBN: 0062645226
Publication Date: 2017-06-06
Release Date 2017-06-06
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"Magpie Murders is a double puzzle for puzzle fans, who don’t often get the classicism they want from contemporary thrillers." --Janet Maslin, The New York Times

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.


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



It started as a simple editing assignment for Susan Ryeland, Head of Fiction at Cloverleaf Books. She took Magpie Murders home for the weekend. The ninth Atticus Pünd mystery takes the half Greek, half German detective to Saxby-on-Avon in 1955. The author Alan Conway wrote a tribute to Agatha Christie, a village mystery reminiscent of the stories featuring Hercule Poirot. But Susan Ryeland reads a manuscript that changes her life forever.

The manuscript of Magpie Murders is the story of several deaths. Did Mary Blakiston, the housekeeper at Pye Hall actually fall down the stairs and die? Doubt and whispers swept through the small village. It is only when rumors hint that Mary’s son Robert killed his mother that Joy Sanderling takes action. When she consults Atticus Pünd, he refuses to investigate. But, when Sir Magnus Pye is murdered, Pünd and his assistant head to the village. Just when Pünd is about to reveal the killer, the manuscript ends. Susan Ryeland returns to work, hunting for the missing final chapters, only to learn the author, Alan Conway, is dead. Now, the mystery reader and editor turns detective herself, hunting for the manuscript’s concluding chapters. She’s sure those chapters will not only end the book, but will reveal whether Alan Conway himself was murdered.

The mystery within a mystery is a gift to readers who enjoy British village mysteries. As Detective Inspector Chubb realizes, “Murder changed everything. It broke the gentle rhythm of life. It turned neighbor against neighbor. Suddenly nobody was to be trusted and doors, which were usually left open at night, were locked.” Horowitz captures the voice of the traditional British mystery perfectly, and then twists it, giving editor Susan Ryeland a starring role in an investigation of the manuscript, its theft, and the author’s death. Perfect.

 
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