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The Magpie Murders

Anthony Horowitz
# UP1442 Hardcover, 236 pages; 2017
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As far as I'm concerned, you can't beat a good whodunnit: the twists and turns, the clues and the red herrings and then, finally, the satisfaction of having everything explained to you in a way that makes you want to kick yourself because you hadn't seen it from the start.

That is what I was expecting when I began. But Magpie Murders wasn't like that. It wasn't like that at all.

I hope I don't need to spell it out any more. Unlike me, you have been warned.

This brilliant, multi-layered novel centers on a (fictional) whodunit entitled Magpie Murders, the latest in the wildly popular Atticus Pünd detective series by author Alan Conway. After flying through the thrilling manuscript, Susan Ryeland, Alan's editor, is dismayed to find the story incomplete. But before she can ask Alan about the missing pages, the author turns up dead of an apparent suicide. As Susan searches for the ending to Magpie Murders, she finds herself—along with the reader—playing the part of detective: The evidence piles up to suggest Alan was actually murdered, and the key to solving the crime may be hidden within the pages of his last book. In the hands of a lesser author, this mystery-within-a-mystery conceit might become messy or tedious, but Anthony Horowitz masterfully pulls off this absolutely riveting modern tribute to the golden age of detective fiction. (In fact, the Atticus Pünd story within this novel is itself worthy of Dame Agatha!) Thrillingly inventive and fiendishly clever, Magpie Murders is required reading for mystery fans.


This title is part of our 2018 Mysteries Book a Month Package.

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