Magpie Murders

Magpie Murders

Book Club Kit - 2017
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"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 Pünd, 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 Pünd 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"
Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Characteristics: 10 copies (236 pages ; 24 cm)
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062645227 (hardback)
9780062645234 (paperback)


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Aug 10, 2018

Different and captivating mystery. Definitely recommended.

Aug 05, 2018

What a novel approach to a murder mystery! The story stops just as the detective is ready to announce who did the deed when the story is interrupted. Then another story starts about the editor of that novel trying to find out who killed the author of that story. She is the narrator of that story as well as the investigator! Horowitz certainly knows how to plot, write dialogue, and create lives with secrets that all are unravelled as the novel ends. Horowitz's style of writing is wonderful.

Jul 20, 2018

I enjoyed this book, although I agree with the previous reader's comments that the author does get a little carried away with his own cleverness. Some of the narrator's thoughts could have been edited and the story tightened up. But overall it was an interesting read. 3 stars

Jul 09, 2018

Cleverly written and a good homage to whodunits novels however the author tried to hard to be clever with the final chapter when he "interviews" the one of the main characters.

Jul 05, 2018

I loved the book and the idea very original. I highly recommend it to anyone.

Jun 20, 2018

August 06 2017
Pour yourself a cup of English tea, set out a plate of biscuits and prepare to be utterly consumed by this book. If you are a fan of Agatha Christie and English murder mysteries, you will love being taken for a romp through the British countryside where you will encounter vicars, housekeepers, lords and ladies of the manor, police, and two very clever detectives. Yes, two. You see, this novel contains a mystery story within a mystery.You will not be able to put down this book once you begin the ride. NC

ArapahoeHannah Jun 11, 2018

An incredible read! Not only is this a story within a story, but the author writes them so well.

Apr 08, 2018

I found this book rather tiresome and way too "clever" for my taste. The author seems to be showing off rather than trying to write an enjoyable mystery. I did not like any of the characters, so I did not care what happened to them. The book is too long and involved; it is not worth the time I spent reading it.

The concept is interesting; there is a mystery within a mystery, as a manuscript of a murder mystery has been delivered to a publisher, and then the author dies suddenly in what could be an accident but might be foul play. The book contains both the manuscript and the surrounding story, and the two are interrelated. That sounds like it would be really good, and I was looking forward to reading it. Somehow it misses the mark; I finished the book, but it was unsatisfying.

There are a zillion references to Agatha Christie mysteries and some other mysteries. I am sure there are readers who would love this book, but I am not one of them.

Mar 22, 2018

A love letter to mid century mysteries and novelists. If you enjoy Agatha Christie and contemporaries, you'll really enjoy Magpie Murders. Not the most compelling or fast-paced read; but decent writing from a clever author.

Mar 21, 2018

The interesting device of this book is the mystery novel within a mystery novel. At times I forgot which mystery I was reading. But I found it engaging and fun though it did seem like it borrowed quite a bit from Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot. The only thing I didn't like was the clumsy deus ex machina at the very end. That I thought was a huge disappointment considering the excellent writing that preceded it.

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