Magpie Murders (Hardcover)

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In his latest novel Anthony Horowitz cleverly pays homage to the classic murder mystery. The latest (and final) installation of the Detective Atticus Pund novels has been written, and we meet editor Susan Ryeland as she sits down to read it over. The manuscript takes place in a small English village in the 1950's and has all the makings of a classic Agatha Christie novel. As we read along with her, Susan is dismayed to discover that the final chapters (along with the solution to the mystery) are missing. The intrigue deepens when she finds out that Alan Conway, the author of the series, has turned up dead. As she searches for the final pages of the unpublished novel she begins to suspect that there may be foul play involved... and that the key to what really happened to Alan Conway may lie within the pages of his last book. This mystery-within-a-mystery is a double delight for anyone who loves a good old fashioned whodunnit!

— Sharon

June 2017 Indie Next List

“Who better than the talented Anthony Horowitz to create this marvelous mystery within a mystery. Yes, we're treated to two mysteries for the price of one: One set in a peaceful village in England during the 1950s with the one and only Detective Atticus Pund taking the case, and the other set in contemporary times with a book editor who becomes an amateur sleuth. Horowitz pays tribute to the golden age of British crime with references to mysteries created by the likes of Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie. How many hidden gems can you come up with? A perfect book to read in a cushy chair with a cup of tea (hot or iced).”
— Ken Favell (M), Books & Company, Oconomowoc, WI


"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 Pund, 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 Pund 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.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780062645227
ISBN-10: 0062645226
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: June 6th, 2017
Pages: 496
Language: English