Magpie Murders

Magpie Murders

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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 P#65533;nd, 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 P#65533;nd 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: Toronto :, HarperCollins Publishers,, 2017
ISBN: 9781443452557
Branch Call Number: MYS F HOR
Characteristics: 236 pages ; 24 cm


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ontherideau Nov 09, 2017

Magpie Murders is a wild merry go round that throws the reader off and then slows down to let us back on. A book within a book and a motive for everyone.

Oct 02, 2017

Susan Ryeland receives the latest whodunit from her top mystery writer without the last chapter or the author. The current mystery in Part 2 is a better read than Alan Conway’s in Part 1, which is riddled with red herrings and 1955 reading Victorian. Save your sleuthing for the fuller characters, and it’s fun and solvable.

Sep 19, 2017

A mystery in a mystery---a perfect plot forces an editor to solve the mystery of a cantankerous mystery author when she is asked to read his latest and last book. The problem lies in the missing last chapter and leads to her becoming more involved in British mysteries than she ever expected.

Sep 16, 2017

For those who love mysteries—and I very much belong in this category— Magpie Murders is a double treat. It is a mystery within a mystery, a classic whodunit within a whodunit. You can read my full take on it at:

Sep 09, 2017

I gave this book five stars for a lot of reasons such as originality (it was certainly that), plot (there were a plethora of those), and the tenacity to put plots within plots within plots. However, it was for me an exhausting book to read. I have read many of the classic whodoneit authors and I am comfortable with the body in the library to begin with and the sleuth outlining the solution to the mystery (if there ever was one). Some are very clever (PD James), some are witty (DL Sayers) and some are simplistic (A Christie). In this book Horowitz plays all the games to the point that it was on the verge of becoming a bit tiresome. But I persisted and his writing skills prevailed. My only advice is if you are a slow reader such as I, plan plenty of time for this book. It ends, and ends and ends.

Nicr Sep 08, 2017

A mystery within a mystery. The interior novel is a fairly standard British, Christie-like whodunnit. The bookend story involves Susan Ryeland, editor of the unfinished whodunnit manuscript, and becomes a "real-life" mystery when the author dies. Overlong for what it is, but entertaining. A book person's book, but ultimately forgettable.

Sep 06, 2017

A really fun clever read. I liked the story within a story approach and all the wordplay.

Aug 19, 2017

On the same weekend that book editor Susan Ryeland reads the next in Alan Conway‘s mystery series, the author dies of an apparent suicide, but is it? As the editor turns investigator, the author’s life is revealed and some ugly truths turn up.

Very inventive whodunit in a whodunit! Lots of clues to track. Liked it, even if seemed a bit contrived and I’d figured endings both out. Agatha Christie fans would like more. Not my favorite mysteries.

ehbooklover Aug 13, 2017

OMG. I loved this so much. I could not put it down. I absolutely loved the story within the story. And there were so many suspects, red herrings, and twists! If you are a fan of Agatha Christie mysteries (especially her Poirot books), you should read this. Definitely one of my favourite reads of 2017.

Jul 31, 2017

Really enjoyable, well written, but waaaay too long. I had a terrible time remembering who was who and even thought about doing a chart! But clever (especially enjoyable for puzzle and allusion lovers) and a good read.

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