Magpie Murders (Paperback)Anthony Horowitz (author)
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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.
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
Number of pages: 560
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 199 x 132 x 35 mm
'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.' - 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