Magpie Murders (Paperback)
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Magpie Murders (Paperback)

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Published: 16/11/2017
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Waterstones Says

Putting a fresh and fiendish spin on cosy crime, Horotwitz’s bestseller featuring editor-turned-sleuth Susan Ryeland is laden with ingenious twists.

As far as I’m concerned, you can’t beat a good whodunnit: the twists and 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. That was what I was expecting when I began.

But Magpie Murders wasn’t like that. It wasn’t like that at all. I hope I don’t need to spell it out any more. Unlike me, you have been warned.

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life.

She's worked with the revered crime writer for years and his detective, Atticus Pund, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely. It's just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway...

But Conway's latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but hidden in the pages of the manuscript there lies another story: a tale written between the very words on the page, telling of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition and murder. 

From Sunday Times bestseller Anthony Horowitz comes Magpie Murders, his deliciously dark take on the cosy crime novel, brought bang- up-to-date with a fiendish modern twist.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781409158387
Number of pages: 560
Weight: 390 g
Dimensions: 199 x 132 x 35 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Want to read a great whodunnit? Anthony Horowitz has one for you: MAGPIE MURDERS. It's as good as an Agatha Christie. Better, in some ways. Cleverer. - Stephen King

An ingenious novel-within-a-novel whodunit about the death of a crime writer . . . Part crime novel, part pastiche, this magnificent piece of crime fiction plays with the genre while also taking it seriously - Sunday Times

A cunning re-invention of the thriller formula - Thriller of the Week, Mail on Sunday

Superbly written, with great suspects, a perfect period feel and a cracking reveal at the end - Spectator

A stylish, multi-layered thriller - playful, ingenious and wonderfully entertaining - Sunday Mirror

Brilliant. Really, really brilliant. I loved it. - Sophie Hannah, author of The Monogram Murders

Putting two books in one with their plots running side by side makes Magpie Murders difficult to put down and Horowitz fans will thoroughly enjoy a cracking good read - Daily Express

Although at first glance Horowitz's latest offering appears to be a classic whodunit novel, it will almost certainly prove to be unlike anything you've ever read before, and will have you mulling over its various intrigues in between sittings. - Scotsman

Anthony Horowitz's new novel is at once a brilliant pastiche of the English village mystery and a hugely enjoyable tale of avarice and skulduggery in the world of publishing . . . a compendium of dark delights - Irish Times

We loved this Agatha Christie-esque crime novel. A fiendish mystery within a mystery that will have you hooked from page one - Good Housekeeping

A highly enjoyable twist on the classic whodunnit - Metro

Horowitz is a superb pasticheur. - Guardian

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“Cosy Crime Metafiction to die for”

This novel-within-a-novel is both a twisty modern crime tale and an affectionate spoof of golden age crime fiction. The framing story is set in the modern world of publishing and contrasts pointedly with the sunlit,... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 91

“Golden Age, Cosy crime.”

If you like Golden Age classic crime novels you will love this book. The plot is cleverly written as a book within a book, with two crime stories running concurrently.
If you like a good whodunnit with red herrings,... More

Hardback edition
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Amabel at Finchley Road O2

“Cosy crime - with a twist”

Anthony Horowitz’ Magpie Murders is a knowing subversion of the 'cosy crime' genre. Complete with English country village full of suspicious characters, a dead body and a Poirot-esque private detective... More

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