Magpie Murders

Magpie Murders

Book - 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 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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EmilyEm
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.

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.

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SRZ37
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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mamabadger56
Jul 26, 2017

This clever mystery-within-a-mystery, a classic Agatha Christie-style whodunit, is one of the most enjoyable murder mysteries I've come across.

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laphampeak
Jul 24, 2017

I'm an occasional mystery murder reader. Horowitz wrote parallel, intertwined dual murder plots with characters galore. I became overloaded with the "who dunnit" but soon got back on the wagon in order to find out the final truth to all that contributed to the plot(s). The author of the murder story even penned clever names to the characters. There was deft and skill in the writing style regardless of the tale itself.

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Elmo17Noodle
Jul 23, 2017

A fan of Alex Rider, GateKeepers and Diamond Brother series. But this one was not my style.

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emmakaye
Jul 22, 2017

If I hadn't invested so much time when A. Horowitz got cute, I would have put this book down right then. Even though I finished it, I cannot say I enjoyed it. Horowitz is off my reading list. There are plenty of good mysteries out there.

laurabrary Jul 12, 2017

Mixed feelings about this one. I had very high expectations based on the buzz and reviews, so maybe I built it up too much in my mind. The mysteries were clever, as was the concept of the book, but it dragged a bit, and I wasn't a huge fan of the characters in both the real world and the manuscript. Fun for whodunit fans, but not my favorite.

CMLReads_Kristin Jul 12, 2017

Fans of classic whodunits ala Agatha Christie will want to check this title out. A "classic" style mystery set inside a larger present-day mystery, with lots of nods to the books that inspired it. An homage. Great on audio!

GCPL_Angela Jul 01, 2017

In a word, fantastic. I love the structure of the dual narratives, and the way they ultimately intersect. I do have to say that I was slightly more interested in the solution to the Atticus Pund mystery itself rather than the overarching mystery surrounding Magpie Murders, but overall, I was quite pleased with this homage to Agatha Christie et al. I wish the Atticus Pund books were a real series! Great fun for cozy fans, and cleverly done. Highly recommended.

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