“Horowitz’s engaging homage to Agatha Christie features a novel within a novel, a mystery writer who dies mysteriously and an editor turned detective.”
Featured in Washington Post’s 50 Notable Fiction Books of 2017.
“Anthony Horowitz, a master of the genre, packs his story with all the elements of a good whodunit: a quaint English village, a slew of suspects, convoluted motives and alibis and a clever plot twist.”
Featured in NPR’s Book Concierge Great Reads of 2017.
Magpie Murders is the name of the latest and greatest novel by the phenomenal fictional mystery writer Alan Conway. The title also alludes to Agatha’s Christie’s love of nursery rhyme structures, with chapters based on One for Sorrow about magpies.
This is the first original murder mystery novel from this author but his no stranger to praise for his work. Horowitz is best known for his popular Alex Rider spy series for teenagers and as a prolific television screenwriter who has created, among many dramas and films, Foyle’s War and Midsomer Murders.
This tory takes place in a sleepy English town in the 1950s where unexpected death after unexpected death takes placed and incites the of authority of a foreign detective who drums up a host of potential suspects. Sounds like the typical murder mystery novel, right?
But this vintage crime novel is far more than the average. It refreshes with a fiendish modern twist.
Editor, Susan Ryeland has taken up Alan Conway’s tattered manuscript for this latest novels. Alan is revered for his work as a crime writer and his detective, Atticus Pund is the best at solving crimes in sleepy English towns.
While Susan does not like dealing with a character such as Alana, she knows the vintage crime novels sell well.
This intriguing manuscript reveals more than just dead bodies and intriguing suspense though. There is ruthless ambitions, jealousy and greed.
The Guardian hails this literacy masterpiece with this review, “Horowitz channels Agatha Christie, with a rustic English setting, a tricksy book-within-a-book, and red herrings aplenty.”