Magpie Murders

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway ’ s latest boo, she has no reason to think it might be much different from eithe 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 promises to hide 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 more Susan reads, the more she ’ s tol that there is the story hidden in the pages of the manuscript: one of real-life jealousy, betrayal, ruthless ambition, and murdere.
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Magpie Murders
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Published June 6th 2017 by Harper (first published October 6th 2016

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fulfilling my 2019 goal to read ( at least) one book each month that i bought in hardcover and put off reading long enough that it is now in paperback.Whodunnits are all about truth: nothing more, nothing less.thank goodness for this self-imposed 2019 project o ’ mine, where i finally start chipping away at books that have been sitting unread on my shelves for years; books i bought in hardcover ( sometimes on the very day they were released) and for one reason or another, never got around to reading and then suddenly time has passed, the paperback ’ s come out and i still haven ’ t read the hardcover i was so motivated to buy with MUST HAVE NOW grabby hands, and eeing them sitting on my shelves, all silent expensive accusations, makes me eel SO guilty.

it ’ s both a love letter to and a loving dissection of the genre, paying conscious tribute to mystery ’ s ropes and traditions: the red herrings, the clues and codes, the least-suspected suspect, the misunderstood conversation, the unseen observer- all the deductive breadcrumbs of a conventional english cosy mystery, whose most appealing feature is the friendshi between the reader and the detective: In just about every other book I wil think of, we ’ re chasing on the heels of our heroes — the spies, the oldiers, the romantics, the adventurers.

♥) once the second mystery hits, and the inspirations and parallels and similarities between the two start playing out, it becomes such a fun ride, and conway ’ s bitter humor, private jokes and judgments tucked into the story as he bites at the genre that feeds him were a hoot.

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It is the reason for their existence. ” The story ends with Susan Ryeland, editor at a small publishing company, reading the Magpie Murders, which is latest book in the popular Atticus Pund mystery series written by Allan Conway.

Susan lets the reader thin that reading the manuscript caused her to lose friends and changed her life forever.

Once Susan is finished reading the manuscript, the reader is jolted back into Susan ’ s story where we iscover the manuscript is incomplete and Conway has died.

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Simply substitute your favorite everage and snack of choice, perhaps a guilty pleasure, your preferred reading retreat, and you can immediately relate to the llure of an escape with one of your treasured books.

It wil appeal not only to mystery fans, but lso to lovers of literary writing and book worshippers in general.

The novel nested within another, Magpie Murders is a real page-turner; and I ould be hard-pressed to say which thread I loved more – that of private detective Atticus Pünd or of Susan Ryeland, editor at Cloverleaf Books.

" … there was nothin about the pace of change that concerned him, the sudden onrush of machines in every shape and size.

He was in no rush to join new technological age. " Susan Ryeland is equally likable; she speaks to the reader in each of us with her love of books.

Magpie Murders is a 5-star, thoroughly entertaining read.

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She plans to spend her weekend reading the manuscript of Alan Conway ’ s latest Atticus Pudd mystery, entitled ‘ Magpie Murders ’.

he reader is force to read along with Susan, and pretty soon I found myself enjoying an absorbing historical mystery, set in the mid-fifties, the style of which bears a strong resemblance to that of Agatha Christie.

Her inquires soon leads her to realize ‘ Magpie Murders ’ holds the clue to why Alan Conway, died, and to where those the missing chapters are.

I read mysteries long before I dabbled in horror, or fell in love with romance novels.

I love experiencing new authors and frequently dabble in various enres and sub-genres, but I rarely ever go more than a week without reading a crime novel of some sor.

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The is to be his last case.Atticus finds himself in Saxby on Avon, helping Inspector Raymond Chubb in what ppears to be two murders, a cleaning woman, Mary Blakiston, and the beheading of Sir Magnus at Pye Hall.

Susan turns amateur detective and oes in search of missing chapters and Alan 's kille.

She finds numerous connections between the Atticus novel, for instanc, Alan was also dying.

Susan can not understand the missing chapters and concludes that they must contain clues to Alan 's murdere.

We discover where the final chapters are and who killed Magnus and Alan.This is a tunning novel from Anthony Horowitz.

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