Magpie Murders

Anthony Horowitz   Pages:  496   Published: 2017

The book: Alan Conway is a successful crime writer who writes in a style inspired by classic crime writers such as Agatha Christie. The main character in his books is detective Atticus Pund, who solves crimes committed mostly in small villages in the British countryside. The manuscript for his latest novel is delivered to his editor, Susan Ryeland, but key pages are missing. Murder is afoot and not just fictional ones, and there are hidden messages in the manuscript. Who is or are the murderers?

You might like it because: It’s a classic whodunit inside a classic whodunit, a book within a book. There are multiple potential murderers and motives in this cleverly woven plot.

What did other people say?
“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. He’s a silky, gifted author…” – The 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

Awards & Recognition:
New York Times Bestseller
An NPR Best Book of 2017
A Washington Post Best Book of 2017

How quickly will you get into the book? The book starts with a funeral and since I knew this was a murder mystery, I was immediately reading for clues. Was this a murder and if so, who did it? That pulled me in pretty quickly.

You might not like it because: There are lots of different characters and lots of motives for murder, and at times I found it hard to keep track of everyone. That might put some readers off.
Sometimes it felt as if Horowitz was focused more on demonstrating his vast knowledge of classic murder mysteries than on the plot.

What might you read next?
Since Agatha Christie is undoubtedly the queen of the murder mystery detective story, why not read Murder on the Orient Express?

Stick with a feathered theme and read The Birdwatcher by William Shaw, a detective/murder mystery set in a small Kent town in the UK.

Or move continent and read Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley. It’s a detective novel set in Los Angeles.

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