Magpie Murders: A Novel by Anthony HorowitzMagpie Murders: A Novel by Anthony Horowitz

Magpie Murders: A Novel

byAnthony Horowitz

Paperback | June 6, 2017

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Moriarty and Trigger Mortis, this fiendishly brilliant, riveting thriller weaves a classic whodunit worthy of Agatha Christie into a chilling, ingeniously original modern-day mystery.

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 bestselling crime writer for years, she’s intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, 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 Pünd 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.

Masterful, clever, and relentlessly suspenseful, Magpie Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the reader becomes the detective.

Author and television scriptwriter Anthony Horowitz was born in Stanmore, England on April 5, 1956. At the age of eight, he was sent to a boarding school in London. He graduated from the University of York and published his first book, Enter Frederick K. Bower (1979), when he was 23. He writes mostly children's books, including the Ale...
Title:Magpie Murders: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.24 inPublished:June 6, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443452564

ISBN - 13:9781443452564


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Kept me guessing This was a good mystery in the respect that it kept me guessing. I look forward to reading more by this author. The Narrator of the audiobook did a great job too.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from For me, a disappointing read I began reading "Magpie Murders" with great enthusiasm, having read a number of very positive reviews. I love mysteries and thrillers and hoped to love this book. The book is really a story within a story. Author Alan Conway has died before submitting the complete manuscript of his latest mystery, "Magpie Murders", and his editor Susan Ryeland begins to search for clues about the outstanding chapters. Her search leads her to suspect foul play. The dual story lines never caught my attention, and unfortunately I found "Magpie Murders" a disappointing read.
Date published: 2018-07-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Didn't live up to my expectations When I read the description I was really excited to read this book. However, while there were parts of it that were good, other parts just dragged and the ending was predictable.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE THIS BOOK I cannot say enough about how wonderful this book is! It is SO well done and grabs your attention right from the start! I love that it is a book within a book so you honestly get two novels for the price of one! The book within the book is a very Agatha Christie mystery type whereas the outer book is more modern so it was the best of both worlds. All in a fantastic read and I plan to search for another Anthony Horowitz story to read after loving this one so much!
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable An okay read. Wouldn't recommend it but still interesting to read. Not upset I read it, and I liked the mysteries.
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book within a book A friend gave me this book when I was recovering from surgery A challenge to read as it is set up as a book within a book. It all comes together at the end and that makes it a Great Read!
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT Really enjoyed these mysteries!! Fast read and fun also...My friend borrowed it from me and enjoyed it just as much as I did.
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a fun book! This book was a great book to read on a rainy afternoon. Loved the characters and it reminded me of the old Agatha Christie novels I read ages ago. The plot has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing! Definitely recommend this to everyone who loves mysteries!
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun angle Horowitz is English pastoral mystery royalty, with credits in Foyles War and Midsommer Murders. This book is a fun way of telling a stereotyped and somewhat played out genre story without it feeling like he's just rehashing the same old plots again and again. I loved the meta-fictional aspect to this novel.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A unique whodunit... I should say this was two whodunits, the more traditional version and another more modern fast paced take on it. I enjoyed both stories, although the connection did seem a bit forced at times and both stories took a bit to get into but once you get there it is a fantastic read.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not great When I read the description of the book, I thought the two plots (the plot of the book itself, as well as the plot of the manuscript the main character was reading) would be much more integrated. Instead they read as basically two separate books in one. The first half of the book was a more "classic" type mystery, and the second half not really a mystery at all. I honestly found the the second half more enjoyable (even though the mystery aspect was somewhat downplayed) because the first half of the book was incredibly slow moving and a real struggle to get through.
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from cool the book is very effective in delivering its thrill!
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC! I really enjoyed this book. It's a mystery within a mystery... both stories have dramatically different writing styles and were both very enjoyable. I couldn't put this book down. I would definitely recommend this book for someone looking for a good thriller!
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Clever concept behind an enjoyable double mystery
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read This is a good read. Interesting enough to look for other books by the author.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Homage to Dame Christie Magpie Murders is absolutely fantastic. It’s a murder mystery within a murder mystery and is a complete homage to Agatha Christie and the genre itself. The first half of the book is the ninth novel in a successful whodunnit series by an English author. His detective, Atticus Pund is trying to solve a murder in a sleepy little village. But the final chapters are missing! I was actually really aggravated when it cut off. But really, that was the point. The second half of the book is narrated by the editor of the Pund series, as she hunts for the missing pages AND investigates the untimely death of the author. SO GOOD! Pacing, characterization, world building - it’s all brilliantly put together. I’ll admit, I was a bit more interested in the Pund novel, rather than the mystery surrounding it. The editor’s narrative voice was just so different. But that really didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of the story. I will recommend Magpie Murders a million times over. Go read it!
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Long tedious read What a letdown, a long slog to get to a ho-hum twist.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A book within a book - so good. Really original take on the whoddunit. Has you thinking, or guessing, the whole way through. And times two, as there's a story about the book within the book. Well done.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I GOT REALLY BORED WITH THIS BOOK, REALLY QUICKLY I am an avid reader and an English Literature major. I tried giving this book a fair chance. There has been so much hype around this book...but it was very disappointing for me. I did not connect with the story...I could not finish this book. I shelved it. Yawn!
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow It didn't grab me right away but when it did, it wouldn't let go. Great read for anyone tired of the same old 'who dunnit' format.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific Enjoyed every moment reading this story
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it Don't normally enjoy mystery novels but this is my favourite one! Great ending
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kept me on my toes I read this book far too quickly because I was excited to reach the end and solve the mystery. This was a great book that kept me engaged the entire time!
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I had to give this 5 stars because you get book inside the book! So really, two mysteries! It was actually well done. Loved it.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Two stars Like reading a boring murder mystery two times in a row. Horowitz had one of his very own characters explain it best - "They’re badly written trash!...They’re worth nothing! Eighty thousand words to prove that the butler did it?" (Andreas) None of the characters are particularly likeable. Who cares whodunnit?
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read #plumreview. I loved both mysteries in this book and how they both became connected. Very enjoyable read.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from meh Not a bad who-done-it for the first half of the book, but the needless foray into connecting the work into a fictitious contemporary setting was frustrating to me as a reader. I assume the author thought this was a clever contrivance, I respectfully disagree.
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Neat Idea, a mystery novel about a guy writing a mystery novel. Really enjoyable!
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I enjoyed it. This novel started out really good but then got a bit dry and boring. I really enjoyed the novel within a novel idea and wish that the author had kept this going a bit more. Overall, the ending was a bit predictable but still enjoyable. I would recommend this novel to others.
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Literary Mystery A book within a book - the concept feels so original. At times, I became so engrossed in the book within, that I forgot this wasn’t actually the whole book. A super clever plot, with lots of interesting characters and issues to confuse matters and not one, but two mysteries to solve. Magpie Murders is a very well written classic style of mystery. I didn’t correctly guess either of the culprits and I love that! 4 Stars
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not your typical mystery novel I loved this books, it's Sherlock Holmes elements, mixed with a modern story line made for a refreshing read, different than most of the mystery/thriller novels I've read lately!
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from two in one An enjoyable murder mystery set in England. The author takes on the journey of a fictional detective solving a murder in the English country side with so many would be suspects we are anxious to find the solution. But there is a twist that will keep us up nights trying to solve the problem.
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mystery and Murder, A Novel Within A Novel, Perfect! Definitely a must-read. So many reviewers have gone into in-depth reasons why you should read this book, so I am just going to tell you to READ it! I thoroughly enjoyed it and wouldn't hesitate to read another of Anthony Horowitz's novels.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! I like the whole novel in a novel idea which keeps you engaged throughout!
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved all the literary references. Not sure really why I picked up this particular book at Chapters. I am a voracious reader and always looking for a good read. This was my first Anthony Horowitz novel. I thought the novel in a novel was a great idea. I invested a lot of time in figuring out the Magpie Murders killer but by the end I was far more interested in the other story line although I had put together who had been responsible for both. Only way the book could have been better was if I hadn't figured that out. I did love the ending....
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well done! Really enjoyed reading this novel!
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it!! This is a really great read, it pulls you in until the very end. I really enjoyed the book within a book, it makes for a fun read.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Clever A new author for me, I got this book from Chapters at a great price so it made it easy to try. I was very intrigued with the storyline and was hooked from chapter 1. About a 1/3 of the way through you realize that the book is cleverly crafted to be a book within a book and then within an outside of a book. Super neat change of pace for reading, but since there are numerous characters and due to its style, you have to pay attention, so it reads a bit slower. A really good who-dun-it with twists, and this author is definitely an author I would read again.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ravenous Then along came a raven and the magpies were nevermore
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it Kept me engaged throughout the entire novel
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it I loved the whole idea of a whodunnit inside of a whodunnit. I admire the author for being able to write in numerous different narratives. I was enthralled by the Magpie Murders novel and less enthused about Susan Ryeland's business, but it kept my attention nonetheless. I would've liked the whole book to be about Atticus Pünd and the sleepy English town where murder runs wild.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliantly and cleverly written tribute to the queen of crime Agatha Christie! Written as a novel within a novel, in Magpie Murders, Anthony Horowitz masterfully and seamlessly bridges the classic British murder mystery of yesteryear with the more modern detective crime story of today. Each mystery is intriguing and developed in such a way as to stand strongly on its own, yet the fact that there are similarities and parallels between the two make it even more appealing. I absolutely loved the whole idea of Magpie Murders, from the picturesque English country setting, the eccentric foreign detective, the suspicious and secretive (yet likable) characters, to the old-school mystery. What a brilliantly and cleverly written tribute to the queen of crime Agatha Christie. Magpie Murders was so entertaining and engrossing that I was sad to see it end. My only complaint is that the Atticus Pünd mysteries referred to in Magpie Murders don't actually exist in the real world. They would be so awesome to read!
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gift giving Gave as a gift and was told it was really good.
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magpie Murders I did it expect to love it as much as I did. A wonderfully written book with enough suspense to keep you engaged.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from meh I liked the plot but I did start to get lost at some points. would only recomend to readers who don't get side tracked to quickly.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific Such a wonderful read, was really impressed
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So clever! Anthony Horowitz's latest release - Magpie Murders - is well, simply brilliant! The writing is so very, very clever. Mystery fans - this is a must-read for you - especially if you love Agatha Christie style mysteries! An unnamed narrator warns the reader about Magpie Murders in the first few pages..."As far as I'm concerned, you can't beat a good whodunnit: the twists and turns, the clues and red herring,s 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." Well, who could resist such a warning? Not I! I settled in with delicious anticipation - and was rewarded. You see, Horowitz has written a novel within a novel. Our narrator starts reading a period murder mystery set in the 1950's in Britain. "...the golden age of British whodunnits with a country house setting, a complicated murder, a cast of suitably eccentric characters and a detective who arrived as an outsider." That outsider is Private Investigator Atticus Pünd. (Who will call Hercule Poirot to mind) This book kept me enthralled for over two hundred pages - then we go back to our narrator on page four. (who turns out to be the author's editor) And discover that there is a mystery to be solved in the present day. But we're left on tenterhooks, awaiting the reveal of the final whodunnit of the 1950's book. Confused? Don't be - the novel reads seamlessly and is so very, very addictive. I've tried to say much without giving too much away. Suffice it to say, that Magpie Murders is highly recommended - easily one of my favourite reads this year.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I bought the last novel by this author and it was amazing, this one is also just as great. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I bought the last novel by this author and it was amazing, this one is also just as great. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Had high expectations for this novel after reading the back and it was just as good as I had hoped for
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Had high expectations for this novel after reading the back and it was just as good as I had hoped for
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looks amazing This novel looks amazing and I can't wait to read it when it comes out.
Date published: 2017-05-26

Editorial Reviews

“Cleverly written with a fun plot and interesting characters, Magpie Murders is a good murder mystery.”