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Magpie Murders Hardcover – 6 Oct 2016

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (6 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409158365
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409158363
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 4.3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
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An ingenious novel-within-a-novel whodunit about the death of a crime writer . . . Part crime novel, part pastiche, this magnificent piece of crime fiction plays with the genre while also taking it seriously (Sunday Times)

A cunning re-invention of the thriller formula (Thriller of the Week Mail on Sunday)

Superbly written, with great suspects, a perfect period feel and a cracking reveal at the end (Spectator)

A stylish, multi-layered thriller - playful, ingenious and wonderfully entertaining (Sunday Mirror)

Brilliant. Really, really brilliant. I loved it. (Sophie Hannah, author of The Monogram Murders)

Putting two books in one with their plots running side by side makes Magpie Murders difficult to put down and Horowitz fans will thoroughly enjoy a cracking good read (Daily Express)

Although at first glance Horowitz's latest offering appears to be a classic whodunit novel, it will almost certainly prove to be unlike anything you've ever read before, and will have you mulling over its various intrigues in between sittings. (Scotsman)

Anthony Horowitz's new novel is at once a brilliant pastiche of the English village mystery and a hugely enjoyable tale of avarice and skulduggery in the world of publishing . . . a compendium of dark delights (Irish Times)

We loved this Agatha Christie-esque crime novel. A fiendish mystery within a mystery that will have you hooked from page one (Good Housekeeping)

A highly enjoyable twist on the classic whodunnit (Metro)

Horowitz is a superb pasticheur. (Guardian)

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Author of MORIARTY and TRIGGER MORTIS, Anthony Horowitz offers up a whodunit like no other in this fiendishly clever new novel.

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Whodunnit genre rebooted. Intelligently written with lots of twists and turns. Best thing I read this year, I couldn't put it down.
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Joy Swift, inventor of murder mystery weekends, once wrote a plot in which you began to suspect that the actors playing the suspects were embroiled in their own murder mystery, quite separate from the one that they were acting out. So it is here. In what might be the ultimate whodunit, Anthony Horowitz, who himself was the first to adapt Midsomer Murders for television, alongside his many, many other achievements in the genre (bringing back Sherlock Holmes, writing some of the best Poirot episodes, creating Foyle's War etc etc) has given us a detective story that is postmodern, metatextual and all those other words you weren't expecting to hear when discussing the genre.

To tell you anything at all is probably giving away too much but I think it's fair to say that it's one mystery within another - the manuscript of a detective story that marks the final appearance of supersleuth Atticus Pund in a classic fifties plot is really just the beginning. The novel conceals another mystery completely.

The writing is perfect. Although this is the first anyone has heard of Atticus Pund, you don't have to be too far in before your mind is kidding itself that you've read all the (non existent) previous adventures of a detective as prolific as Miss Marple or Father Brown. He is a very sympathetic sleuth and - in one of many marvellous in-jokes and references to Agatha Christie, Midsomer Murders etc - lives in Charterhouse Square, which is where they film Poirot's 'Whitehaven Mansions' home in the TV series. As for his author and those who publish his novels...

No, I've said too much already. If you love this sort of thing, you'll be in Heaven from the moment you pick it up.
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Anthony Horowitz's output is prodigious in books for young and older, in television including Midsomer Murders and probably in most other media?
This whodunnit is no exception to the extraordinary talent of the author to weave and spin a great tale keeping us hanging on for the next development.
Magpie Murders is a tale within a tale about a female publisher and her best client who dies in very mysterious circumstances as he finishes his latest novel. I read it twice because the plot was like knotted string, difficult to unravel. But it was worth it in the end when I finally reached the gripping finale, even though I did not guess who was the culprit was? Read it!
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Have just finished reading Magpie Murders and really enjoyed it. The story within the story was a great idea and worked really well. There were so many cool references to other crime fiction writers. I haven't read any of Anthony Horowitz's books before, but I'm looking forward to the next one.
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Excellent. Not at all what I expected. This is like reading two books in one so you're kept in suspense for the endings of both. The narrator, an editor who is unapologetically in-pc, introduces the 'first story' which is an Agatha Christie style whodunnit. The rest of the novel reveals how its strange ending led to her doing her own detective work and how it changed her life. Well worth a read.
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Very clever, riveting story I wanted to finish but also not get to the end. It is one of those books where you say you thought the murderer might be that one because you have suspected all of them at some point. There was one thing, however, which I thought was e complete red herring. It seemed like a mistake but it was too well thought out to be that. Anyone else notice it?
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Slow at the beginning but stick with it....not too sure on the narrator but anything by Anthony Horowitz is always excellent.
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Diverting and fun - though the total improbability of the contemporary plot denouement was a bit disappointing from such a great screenwriter. But - goodness! - this was SO badly proofed. Terrible howlers - eg it's for its several times - and (at least) two thundering errors in the timeline. I'm guessing you were on a nice beach somewhere, Mr H, having a well-earned rest. Good for you!
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