Book Review: Magpie Murders

Book Review: Magpie MurdersMagpie Murders
by Anthony Horowitz
on June 6th 2017
Pages: 496
Published by Harper
Genres: Fiction, Mystery/Crime

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.

My Takeaway 

“As far as I’m concerned, you can’t beat a good whodunnit: the twists & turns, the clues and the red herrings and then, finally, the satisfaction of having everything explained to you in a way that makes you kick yourself because you hadn’t seen it from the start.”
Anthony Horowitz, Magpie Murders

Horowitz is a brilliant mystery genius! I absolutely loved Magpie Murders! Shockingly I have never (ever) read a whodunnit until now. Now, wait a minute, no judging! I happen to have on my to be read list Agatha Christie mysteries, but I haven’t made it to that pile (yet)…The book is a mystery within a mystery and it’s quite fascinating. The novel switches from the 50’s to the present time and requires your absolute attention. Like the editor Susan, I found myself playing detective and trying to solve the mysteries (which of course I did not). The novel is almost 500 pages (496 to be exact), but it honestly was a breeze and engaging. I did not want to put the book down and kept thinking about the story throughout the day. Magpie Murders is Horowitz’s homage to the Golden Age of mysteries/detective novels, and he nailed it. I highly recommend this clever mystery to anyone who enjoys a good whodunnit and to those who (like myself) have never read one. This book has received a lot of buzz and I understand why. Go get yourself a copy, I promise you will not be disappointed. 🙂

I would like to thank Edelweiss and Harper for granting me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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