Magpie Murders

Magpie Murders

Book - 2017
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When Susan receives crime writer Alan Conway's latest manuscript the editor begins to suspect there is another story hidden in the pages that may involve a real murder.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : HarperCollins Publishers, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781443452564
9781443452557
1443452556
Branch Call Number: FIC HOROW
Characteristics: 236 pages

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DavidSpencer99
Jan 10, 2018

I liked the enveloping story better than the Atticus Pund novel in the center. I never did care much for Agatha Christie and Pund was another in the Hercule Periot mold.

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LibraryUser53
Dec 29, 2017

Anthony Horowitz is definitely in the running for next in succession of the famous British mystery and suspense novel authors of AC Doyle (Sherlock Holmes), Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot), and Ian Fleming (James Bond) . For mystery fans, this one, a mystery about a mystery book, is a must. The outer novella provides enough clear clues -- hidden amongst red herrings of course -- that if read carefully, it can be solved by the reader. The inner novella, it's not quite so reader solvable. The detective has access to clues the reader doesn't. But even the inner novella, if the logic is carefully followed, the solution of who did it can be narrowed down by the reader to two or three persons from the dozen or so potential candidates. Very much recommended, both in the book form and in the audio book format.

ontherideau Nov 09, 2017

Magpie Murders is a wild merry go round that throws the reader off and then slows down to let us back on. A book within a book and a motive for everyone.

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harrissusanc
Oct 02, 2017

Susan Ryeland receives the latest whodunit from her top mystery writer without the last chapter or the author. The current mystery in Part 2 is a better read than Alan Conway’s in Part 1, which is riddled with red herrings and 1955 reading Victorian. Save your sleuthing for the fuller characters, and it’s fun and solvable.

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brangwinn
Sep 19, 2017

A mystery in a mystery---a perfect plot forces an editor to solve the mystery of a cantankerous mystery author when she is asked to read his latest and last book. The problem lies in the missing last chapter and leads to her becoming more involved in British mysteries than she ever expected.

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lachmik
Sep 16, 2017

For those who love mysteries—and I very much belong in this category— Magpie Murders is a double treat. It is a mystery within a mystery, a classic whodunit within a whodunit. You can read my full take on it at: https://bookswehaveread.com/2017/09/02/magpie-murders/

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Slo_reader
Sep 09, 2017

I gave this book five stars for a lot of reasons such as originality (it was certainly that), plot (there were a plethora of those), and the tenacity to put plots within plots within plots. However, it was for me an exhausting book to read. I have read many of the classic whodoneit authors and I am comfortable with the body in the library to begin with and the sleuth outlining the solution to the mystery (if there ever was one). Some are very clever (PD James), some are witty (DL Sayers) and some are simplistic (A Christie). In this book Horowitz plays all the games to the point that it was on the verge of becoming a bit tiresome. But I persisted and his writing skills prevailed. My only advice is if you are a slow reader such as I, plan plenty of time for this book. It ends, and ends and ends.

Nicr Sep 08, 2017

A mystery within a mystery. The interior novel is a fairly standard British, Christie-like whodunnit. The bookend story involves Susan Ryeland, editor of the unfinished whodunnit manuscript, and becomes a "real-life" mystery when the author dies. Overlong for what it is, but entertaining. A book person's book, but ultimately forgettable.

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flygt
Sep 06, 2017

A really fun clever read. I liked the story within a story approach and all the wordplay.

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EmilyEm
Aug 19, 2017

On the same weekend that book editor Susan Ryeland reads the next in Alan Conway‘s mystery series, the author dies of an apparent suicide, but is it? As the editor turns investigator, the author’s life is revealed and some ugly truths turn up.

Very inventive whodunit in a whodunit! Lots of clues to track. Liked it, even if seemed a bit contrived and I’d figured endings both out. Agatha Christie fans would like more. Not my favorite mysteries.

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