2017 Book Review

Book Review: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

4⭐️’s from me!

Goodreads Summary: “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 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, g

reed, ruthless ambition, and murder.”

My Review:


What an interesting take on a murder mystery. I am a huge fan of the Agatha Christie classics and this book paid homage, yet perfected an interesting spin. This book has a mystery within a mystery book! What more could you ask for?

As Susan Ryeland reads the latest manuscript up for editing, she discovers a whole new real life mystery. The manuscript and reality are so intertwined that you have one giant puzzle on your hands. The read will keep you looking for those tiny Poirot-type clues – you know the ones that dare you try to solve the mystery before the characters. And, to top it all off, for the literary buffs out there, the large amount of references to classics was absolutely delightful (while somehow, not too cheesy). My only complaint would be that I wanted to know the result faster! The book almost seemed a little too long because of that, but a great read overall.

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