Magpie Murders: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Devilish grand fun to read!

Susan Ryland has edited all of Alan Conway’s bestselling Atticus Pund mystery series from the first book, years ago; she is intimately acquainted with the fictional detective. The series made Alan a wealthy man and truth be told it goes quite a ways to keeping the publishing firm she works for afloat.  While Susan doesn’t like Alan, she does enjoy his Atticus Pund mysteries, as Magpie Murders opens Alan has just turned in the latest manuscript. She settles down to spend a pleasant weekend with Atticus Pund.

Susan and the reader are drawn into a clever mystery as Atticus and his assistant James are called to a picturesque English Village where the housekeeper of Pye Hall, home of Sir Magnus and Lady Pye, dies in what appears to be a tragic accident.  Written with the style and atmosphere of Dame Agatha Christie, the mystery soon has the reader engrossed, eager to unravel what is happening in this lovely little village. 

However, all is not smooth sailing, Susan is soon convinced that something different is going on with this story, and there are clues within the mystery.  Soon the reader is involved in two mysteries full of all those juicy stalwarts of the genre: greed, jealousy, and dark secrets along with a few murders to spice up the stories and a wicked twist. 

This is great fun to read!  It literally turns the mystery genre on its head in a literary whodunit with some very inventive surprises. 

— Deon Stonehouse

June 2017 Indie Next List

“Who better than the talented Anthony Horowitz to create this marvelous mystery within a mystery. Yes, we're treated to two mysteries for the price of one: One set in a peaceful village in England during the 1950s with the one and only Detective Atticus Pund taking the case, and the other set in contemporary times with a book editor who becomes an amateur sleuth. Horowitz pays tribute to the golden age of British crime with references to mysteries created by the likes of Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie. How many hidden gems can you come up with? A perfect book to read in a cushy chair with a cup of tea (hot or iced).”
— Ken Favell (M), Books & Company, Oconomowoc, WI


"Magpie Murders is a double puzzle for puzzle fans, who don’t often get the classicism they want from contemporary thrillers." --Janet Maslin, The New York Times

New York Times bestseller | Winner of the Macavity Award for Best Novel | NPR best book of the Year | Washington Post best book of the Year | Esquire best book of the Year

From the New York Times bestselling author of Moriarty, 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.

About the Author

Anthony Horowitz is one of the UK’s most prolific and successful writers, unique in being active in both adult and YA fiction, TV, theater, and journalism. Several of his previous novels were instant New York Times bestsellers. His bestselling Alex Rider series for young adults has sold more than nineteen million copies worldwide and has become a hugely successful show on Amazon Prime TV. His breakthrough murder mystery Magpie Murders was adapted into a miniseries for PBS. He lives in London with his wife and dog.

Praise For…

“Each of the narratives in Magpie Murders is engaging and fluid, each with its own charm, though Horowitz’s joyful act of Christie ventriloquism is, in particular, spectacularly impressive.” — Washington Post

“Anthony Horowitz’s Magpie Murders is catnip for classic mystery lovers… With its elegant yet playful plotting, Magpie Murders is the thinking mystery fan’s ideal summer thriller.” — Time Magazine

“An ingenious funhouse mirror of a novel sets a vintage ‘cozy’ mystery inside a modern frame.” — Wall Street Journal

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

“An extravagant circus of a novel, part high-wire act, part funhouse mirror. Intricate, bold, stone-cold clever— both comfortably old-fashioned and thrillingly new.” — A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window

“Doubly Devilish.” — People

“Horowitz..has devised an ingenious whodunit within a whodunit, a metamystery with Agatha Christie roots.” — O, the Oprah Magazine

“A treat for fans of golden age mysteries…. [A] tour de force …. Horowitz throws in several wicked twists…. Highly satisfying.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Magpie Murders is an ingenious, twisting tribute to the sleepy English countryside murder and will thoroughly entertain readers of old fashioned detective thrillers.” — New York Journal of Books

“Fans who still mourn the passing of Agatha Christie…will welcome this wildly inventive homage…as the most fiendishly clever puzzle—make that two puzzles—of the year.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“A perfect summer read from the author of Moriarty.” — AARP Magazine

Magpie Murders [is] a fiendishly clever literary puzzle.” — Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“There’s much to enjoy in Anthony Horowitz’s spry, sardonic Magpie Murders.” — Guardian

“An ingenious novel-within-a-novel . . . part crime novel, part pastiche, this magnificent piece of crime fiction plays with the genre while also taking it seriously.” — Sunday Times

“Superbly written, with great suspects, a perfect period feel, and a cracking reveal at the end.” — The Spectator

“Anthony Horowitz has devised a fiendish mystery within a mystery that will have you hooked from page one. We loved this Agatha Christie-esque crime novel.” — Good Housekeeping (UK)

“A stylish, multi-layered thriller—playful, ingenious and wonderfully entertaining.” — Sunday Mirror

“A compendium of dark delights. . . . A brilliant pastiche of the English village mystery and a hugely enjoyable tale of avarice and skullduggery in the world of publishing.” — Irish Times

“This can only be described as incredibly clever—but what else would you expect from Horowitz?” — The Herald (Glasgow)

Magpie Murders is a double puzzle for puzzle fans, who don’t often get the classicism they want from contemporary thrillers.”  — Janet Maslin, New York Times

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780062645227
ISBN-10: 0062645226
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: June 6th, 2017
Pages: 496
Language: English