I finished reading Magpie Murders around 2 weeks back, and it was surprisingly refreshing! If you haven’t read it yet, here’s the review.
Title: Magpie Murders
Author: Anthony Horowitz
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Page count: 512
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
The mystery at Pye Hall is quite puzzling, and the suspects are numerous, all with an equally compelling motive. Atticus Pünd is a very strange detective, one who does not confide in anyone, even his trusty sidekick, James Fraser.
The parallel between the story in the book, and the mystery in real life is incredible. At one end we have Atticus Pünd a magnificent detective, and at the other, Susan Ryeland, an intelligent lady who works for a publishing company.
Similar to the story, even in real life, a lot of people have motives for the crime, but, unlike the story, the actual culprit turns out to be someone who was never even suspected in the first place!
As for the story, it’s amazing when we discover everyone’s motives for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. What I like most about detective stories is the part where everyone’s actions are explained, and all the pieces are put together to form a credible explanation for the mystery.
I admit that this book was a little difficult to keep up with at times, because of the constant comparison of two stories. I suggest that you pay complete attention to this book when you read it, and finish as much as possible of this book in one sitting.
If you like detective stories, and are looking for an interesting, refreshing read, this is the book for you!