Magpie Murders

Magpie Murders

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"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

A New York Times Bestseller | #1 Indie Next Pick | NPR Best Book of 2017 | Amazon Best Book of 2017 | Washington Post Best Book of 2017 | Esquire Best Book of 2017

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 listener becomes the detective.

Publisher: Harpercollins,, 2017
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062676894
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360


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Jul 20, 2018

A nod to Agatha Christie's classic mystery novels, this mystery within a mystery features the famous fictional detective Atticus Pund, his creator Alan Conway, and Susan Ryeland, the editor who can't rest until she solves the mystery of the missing chapters. The audio was a delight, and I kept wanting to listen to just one more chapter.

May 05, 2018

I was totally engrossed in the manuscript being read by the editor, but was disappointed by the "true life" murder independent of the manuscript. I would still recommend the book. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Feb 28, 2018

The book became tiring to listen to after a while, despite a fairly good narration, and the concept of a book within a book wasn't enough to elevate the fairly humdrum and predictable whodunnit to a level that engaged the emotions. As more and more references to Agatha Christie and the potboiler kind of mystery writing accumulated, they explained the lack of appeal for me. Christie has never been a favourite mystery writer for me, the books always feel contrived and plotted rather than a natural exposition. The book seems to be a tribute to that style of fiction and despite some interesting echoes between the levels of the fictional concept, the plot plodded.

Oct 11, 2017

Good suspense, but too long and drawn-out!

Aug 07, 2017

Possibly the greatest murder mystery since young Agatha Christie won the bet with her sister that she could write such nonsense standing on her head. Horowitz is the new king, in my view. Very well written, credible characters, gripping though complicated plot and young Bond, the narrator, perfect.


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