Magpie Murders

Magpie Murders

Audiobook CD - 2017 | Unabridged.
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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 best selling 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.
Publisher: [New York] : Harper Audio, [2017]
Edition: Unabridged.
Copyright Date: ℗2017
ISBN: 9780062677648
Branch Call Number: CD HOR
Characteristics: 13 audio discs (15 hr., 45 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, rda
audio file, CD audio, rda
Additional Contributors: Corduner, Allan
Bond, Samantha 1962-


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Many club members love Anthony Horowitz's detective fiction (Magpie Murders one of two featuring his own detectives). Horowitz is prolific across the mystery world, having written two Sherlock Holmes titles, several James Bond novels, as well as scripts for TV adaptation of Agatha Christie (Midso... Read More »

Many club members love Anthony Horowitz's detective fiction (Magpie Murders one of two featuring his own detectives). Horowitz is prolific across the mystery world, having written two Sherlock Holmes titles, several James Bond novels, as well as scripts for TV adaptation of Agatha Christie (Midso... Read More »

A mystery within a mystery! This book has two intertwining plots - one told as a proper whodunnit with a detective similar to Agatha Christie's Poirot, and the other told by the editor reading the novel featuring the detective.

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Jun 15, 2019

2017; Harper/Harper Collins

This is one review I have started a few times, but do not know what to say that will give Magpie Murders real justice. This book has everything a reader could want - suspense, mystery, humour, crime, historical and contemporary settings, and brilliant characters. This is my first book by Anthony Horowitz, but not the first on my list. I am so happy I started with this one, but hope it doesn't increase my expectations too much that the other books aren't as good, lol.

This novel is a book within a book - an editor is reading a book - which is a very interesting and well executed plot. The "book" the editor reads is a bit like Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot which endeared me to the story even more. Atticus Pund, the detective in the "book", is such a great character that I kind of wish we could read the other stories in the imaginary series, lol. A prequel, maybe? I listened to this novel on audio and highly recommend it! Samantha Bond and Allan Cordunt really bring the characters to life and help to distinguish the historical and contemporary settings. This is a great novel for book clubs and groups or for friends to read together. You kind of need someone to discuss all the twists and "wtfs" with. I am excited to read more by Horowitz. Moriarty is one I am especially interested in after reading this one.

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

Jun 10, 2019

Like most mystery readers, about halfway through this book, I felt shocked and confused. It’s a similar feeling to watching a movie and then having the screen go abruptly black. There’s a moment of disbelief and for me, despair. It slowly occurred to me that this whodunit narration and story direction changed - this could be the real mystery and the real story, maybe. Horowitz is such a clever writer by creating an ingenious hook drawing the reader in with a desire to want to know where it’s all going and how will it end – will the real mystery be solved?!

Jun 02, 2019

The author immediately transports you, the listener, to a very English village complete with busy bodies, gossips, snoops, and perhaps a poisoner…but the murders don’t end there. Is the obvious cause of death the actual cause of death? To complete the picture, a young woman comes to beg the help of an elderly detective who is not as well as he appears which adds urgency to arriving at the solution. Will he be up for one last case to solve?

This tale doesn’t end where you would expect. There are further twists and turns that will lead you to listen again from disc one to see where you missed any clues to whether another death - a suicide - was actually a murder. The character’s convincingly argue both sides. Hmmmm……

The readers, Samantha Bond and Allan Corduner, amply contribute to the telling of this tale by the author. Their voice talents skillfully help set the scene for a very British cozy mystery.

What a treat! What a surprise! Great plot twist and not where you would expect it. The author artfully paints descriptions of character and place. He does this through revealing the villagers thoughts as they are readying themselves for the murder victim’s funeral. Each reveal leads the listener to wonder if this person is the murderer - lacking alibi but having motive. He ties the beginning and the end together in a neat bow. I won’t disclose what the plot twists are, but power through this story and you diligence will pay off!

Mar 20, 2019

Magpie Murders by Alan Horowitz is a successful homage to the Golden Age of Detective Fiction (i.e. British whodunits, Agatha Christie). Magpie Murders is a mystery within a mystery that concerns a manuscript with the last chapter missing. The protagonist, the book’s editor, is trying to find the last chapter to solve the ‘fictional’ mystery when she comes across a larger ‘real-life’ puzzle regarding the manuscript’s author. This may seem very convoluted, but the execution is better than my summary. I thought this was an ingenious take in a genre that’s been parodied and overdone. This is because Horowitz focuses in on the anatomy of a classic mystery while presenting a new mystery himself. Be warned though, Magpie Murders is long, with ~250 pages being devoted to each mystery (500 pages total), but its also full of clues, red herrings, and references to Agatha Christie on every page. The novel is also very British and parts are written in the 20th century’s distinct style of detective fiction, which I enjoyed as a break from the current types of contemporary mystery. Overall, if you miss that era of detective fiction, I recommend Magpie Murders.

Feb 20, 2019

It seems that Agatha Christie type mysteries are not my cup of tea.

ArapahoeAnnaL Feb 08, 2019

Although the plot and setting are clever there is no heart in this spoof of the classic British mystery.

OPL_BethS Feb 07, 2019

It's a mystery within a mystery and is about an editor who receives a manuscript from her bestselling mystery author, but the book is missing its last chapters. The author then mysteriously dies, and the editor is left to piece together not only the unfinished book, but the author's murder investigation as well.

Jan 29, 2019

Oh. My. Gosh. I loved this story within a story! The book starts with editor Susan Ryeland settling down to read the newest whodunit by her author, Alan Conway. Readers then jump into Conway's book entitled Magpie Murders. I really don't want to write more than that about the plot, as I don't want to ruin it for anyone who hasn't yet read the book. What I will write is that Magpie Murders is a smart, enjoyable read, with a few satisfying mysteries for the price of one - some set in the vintage-feel of Agatha Christie, and one set in the present - ALL of which are neatly wrapped up by the surprising conclusion.

Jan 03, 2019

2018 Nat. Post rec.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Dec 19, 2018

I don’t know about anyone else, but there is something about December that makes me want to curl up under a blanket with a good mystery – and if you feel the same way, and you somehow missed this one when it came out last year, this is absolutely the mystery you should choose. It. Is. So. Clever. It feels difficult to speak about without giving too much away, but it’s both an homage to golden age mystery novels and entirely its own genius thing, all at once, and I loved it. So much.

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