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