Magpie Murders

Magpie Murders

eBook - 2017
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"An original reimagining of the classic whodunit (a la Agatha Christie) with a contemporary mystery wrapped around it"--
Publisher: [S.l.] : HarperCollins, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780062645241
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: 3M Cloud Library

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brangwinn
Sep 19, 2017

A mystery in a mystery---a perfect plot forces an editor to solve the mystery of a cantankerous mystery author when she is asked to read his latest and last book. The problem lies in the missing last chapter and leads to her becoming more involved in British mysteries than she ever expected.

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lachmik
Sep 16, 2017

For those who love mysteries—and I very much belong in this category— Magpie Murders is a double treat. It is a mystery within a mystery, a classic whodunit within a whodunit. You can read my full take on it at: https://bookswehaveread.com/2017/09/02/magpie-murders/

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Slo_reader
Sep 09, 2017

I gave this book five stars for a lot of reasons such as originality (it was certainly that), plot (there were a plethora of those), and the tenacity to put plots within plots within plots. However, it was for me an exhausting book to read. I have read many of the classic whodoneit authors and I am comfortable with the body in the library to begin with and the sleuth outlining the solution to the mystery (if there ever was one). Some are very clever (PD James), some are witty (DL Sayers) and some are simplistic (A Christie). In this book Horowitz plays all the games to the point that it was on the verge of becoming a bit tiresome. But I persisted and his writing skills prevailed. My only advice is if you are a slow reader such as I, plan plenty of time for this book. It ends, and ends and ends.

Nicr Sep 08, 2017

A mystery within a mystery. The interior novel is a fairly standard British, Christie-like whodunnit. The bookend story involves Susan Ryeland, editor of the unfinished whodunnit manuscript, and becomes a "real-life" mystery when the author dies. Overlong for what it is, but entertaining. A book person's book, but ultimately forgettable.

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flygt
Sep 06, 2017

A really fun clever read. I liked the story within a story approach and all the wordplay.

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EmilyEm
Aug 19, 2017

On the same weekend that book editor Susan Ryeland reads the next in Alan Conway‘s mystery series, the author dies of an apparent suicide, but is it? As the editor turns investigator, the author’s life is revealed and some ugly truths turn up.

Very inventive whodunit in a whodunit! Lots of clues to track. Liked it, even if seemed a bit contrived and I’d figured endings both out. Agatha Christie fans would like more. Not my favorite mysteries.

ehbooklover Aug 13, 2017

OMG. I loved this so much. I could not put it down. I absolutely loved the story within the story. And there were so many suspects, red herrings, and twists! If you are a fan of Agatha Christie mysteries (especially her Poirot books), you should read this. Definitely one of my favourite reads of 2017.

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SRZ37
Jul 31, 2017

Really enjoyable, well written, but waaaay too long. I had a terrible time remembering who was who and even thought about doing a chart! But clever (especially enjoyable for puzzle and allusion lovers) and a good read.

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mamabadger56
Jul 26, 2017

This clever mystery-within-a-mystery, a classic Agatha Christie-style whodunit, is one of the most enjoyable murder mysteries I've come across.

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laphampeak
Jul 24, 2017

I'm an occasional mystery murder reader. Horowitz wrote parallel, intertwined dual murder plots with characters galore. I became overloaded with the "who dunnit" but soon got back on the wagon in order to find out the final truth to all that contributed to the plot(s). The author of the murder story even penned clever names to the characters. There was deft and skill in the writing style regardless of the tale itself.

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