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Moonflower Murders

(Susan Ryeland #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  11,762 ratings  ·  1,911 reviews
Featuring his famous literary detective Atticus Pund and Susan Ryeland, hero of the worldwide bestseller Magpie Murders, a brilliantly complex literary thriller with echoes of Agatha Christie from New York Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz.

Retired publisher Susan Ryeland is living the good life. She is running a small hotel on a Greek island with her long-term boyf
Hardcover, 608 pages
Published November 10th 2020 by Harper (first published August 20th 2020)
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Margaux Klein I am reading it now without having read the first one. There are quite a few references, but you can easily read this one without having read the firs…moreI am reading it now without having read the first one. There are quite a few references, but you can easily read this one without having read the first one. (less)

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This is the sequel to Anthony Horowitz's Magpie Murders, another homage to the classic golden age of crime, replicating the same structure of a book within a book, and the return of publisher, Susan Ryeland, operating as an amateur detective once again. After the fallout from the last book, Susan is no longer working in publishing and is instead jointly owning and running a hotel in Crete with her long term Greek boyfriend, Andreas Patakis. It is not quite the idyll that might have been expected ...more
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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In Moonflower Murders, former editor Susan Ryeland is contacted by a couple whose daughter has just gone missing. Eight years prior, a horrific murder had taken place at their hotel and there's a question of whether the real murderer had been apprehended. One of Susan's writers, Alan Conway, knew the murder victim and had stayed at the hotel shortly after the murder. It seems Conway had subsequently written what had happened into his mystery novel, and the daughter realized he had clearly pointe ...more
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable adventure with Susan Ryeland and Atticus Pund.
This is a solid read, with a book within a book, and a plethora of characters, who, thanks to Mr Horowitz's talent, are superbly depicted and given their own motives behind the deeds. I am a fan of a book within a book, so full satisfaction here.
The mystery/mysteries are rather complex and I admit that the finale surprised me, which is always the best bit for me regarding this genre. Hope Book 3 is already simmering, Mr Horowitz!
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Having read and loved previous books by the author, specifically, The Sentence is Death and Magpie Murders, I eagerly awaited his newest despite a hefty 608 pages. I love the cleverness and humor in Horowitz’s writing, but it was missing in this story.

I found the book within a book rather boring, and skimmed much of it to get to the resolution, which was underwhelming and too drawn out. Nothing here justifies its 600+ pages.

I still have high hopes for the next book and will be first in line.

Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Six hundred and eight pages? Really? Well they flew past.

In fact this was a two books for one deal so it was not surprising there were lots of pages. Horowitz used his book within a book technique and to be honest I enjoyed the Atticus Pund book a teeny bit more than the main work. Only a teeny bit though and the whole thing was thoroughly enjoyable.

I managed to guess one of the murderers immediately (it was a little obvious) but the other was a surprise. I really liked the clues especially th
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: 'So, let me get this straight,' I said. I had the sense of facts tumbling on top of each other, yet I knew there was something they hadn't told me. 'You believe that maybe, despite all the evidence, not to mention the confession, Stefan Codrescu did not kill Frank Parris and that Alan Conway came to the hotel and discovered - in a matter of days - who the real killer was. He then somehow identified that person in Atticus Pund Takes the Case.'


'But that makes no sense at all, Pa
Anna Luce
2 ½ stars

“Can you tell me what happened on the night of the murder? I asked and even as I uttered the words I felt slightly ridiculous. They sounded so old-fashioned, so clichéd. If I'd seen them in a novel, I'd have edited them out.”

Anthony Horowitz excels at labyrinthine whodunnits that pay homage to Golden Age Detective fiction. Sadly, I couldn't help but noticing that Horowitz has written yet another book that casts homosexuality in a negative light. In Moonflower Murders readers will be
3.5 stars

Horowitz returns with another double-M mystery that employs his clever book-within-a-book format. Once again, we follow Susan Ryeland as she attempts to solve a murder. And once again she will have to search for clues hidden in a book by Alan Conway, a client from her previous life as an editor.

For me this was a book of two (or 3?) parts. The initial 35% sets up the story & details how Susan ends up trading in her life as a hotelier in Crete for windy Suffolk. I thought the premise was
“Even as I parked the MG on the gravel it occurred to me that any writers wanting to set a murder in a classic country house would find all the material they needed here. And any killers wanting to get rid of a body would have hundreds of acres in which to do it.”

Book editor Susan Ryeland has been asked by the owners of a fancy hotel to investigate their daughter Cecily's disappearance, which was apparently triggered by something in the last book Susan edited for the late crime writer, Alan C
It's now two years since the events that took place in Magpie Murders leading up to the death of Alan Conway, author of the popular murder mystery series featuring investigator Atticus Pünd. After nearly dying too, Alan's editor, Susan Ryland is now living in Crete managing a seaside hotel on the coast with her partner. It's not quite the dream she imagined, involving a lot of hard work and rising debt as they struggle to make the hotel profitable.

When Susan is rung by an elderly couple who run
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
It's safe to say I was extremely excited to get my hands on a copy of Moonflower Murders. It may not have blown me away quite as much as Magpie Murders (which was one of my top reads of 2019), but it was extremely clever nonetheless.

We have the same format of a book within a book. Personally, I found the premise of Susan Ryeland investigating a bit weak (she's a publisher after all, not a detective), but the story itself whizzes by. Anthony Horowitz style of writing is exceptionally easy to read
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it

In this second book in the 'Susan Ryeland' series, the literary editor/hotel owner investigates an old murder and a current disappearance. The book works fine as a standalone.


In the first Susan Ryeland novel, 'Magpie Murders', the London book editor had to investigate a homicide to find the missing chapter of the 9th (and last) novel by deceased author Alan Conway. Conway's mystery series features Atticus Pünd, a fictional private detective modeled after Hercule Poirot.

After Conway's final
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish to thank NetGalley and HarperCollins Canada for the ingenious Moonflower Murders Arc by Anthony Horowitz. This book and the previous one, The Magpie Murders, feature amateur detective, Susan Ryeland. These books are a superb homage to the Golden Age of British mystery exemplified by the writings of Agatha Christie. Like the previous book, The Moonflower Murders is clever and original in its construction and it works well as a stand-alone. We get an old fashioned mystery set in the early 1 ...more
Olive Fellows (abookolive)
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Really, really great. Almost a 5 (more like a 4.5), but it's not quite as good as the first. ...more
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The greatest evil occurs when people, no matter what their aims or their motives, becomes utterly convinced that they are right"


When I found out about the existence of "Moonflower Murders" I think I gave a little shriek. Follow up to "Magpie Murders", one of my favorite books of the last years, I even tried to bribe the author on Twitter to get my Netgalley request approved (Shameless! Me, not him. He didn't even respond to my pathetic bribery attempt)

When after several weeks pending my
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Another of Alan Conway's infamous detective series stories is at the centre of a baffling and intriguing mystery in Moonflower Murders.

Conway's former editor, Susan Ryeland is now a hotel proprietor living in Greece. It's been two years since the life altering events of Magpie Murders, which saw Susan turning her back on the publishing world for good.

Then two English strangers, Lawrence and Pauline Treherne, approach her at work to ask for her help. Their dau
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Similarly to the first book Magpie Murders, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Moonflower Murders featuring the famous detective Atticus Pund. Compared to the first book, we get a bit more backstory in Moonflower Murders with the former editor Susan Ryeland investigating the disappearance of Cecily Trehearns, a daughter of a couple owning a hotel in Sussex. Cecily believed that one of the Atticus Pund books edited by Susan held clues to solving a murder that took place in her parents' hotel 8 years ag ...more
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really slow start... this took me until about 50% to really get into the story.

Susan Ryeland’s character fell flat for me with a storyline that was pretty boring. Also, this is a mystery inside of a mystery which at times made it difficult keeping everyone straight.

But Horowitz saves the day with the arrival of Atticus Pund! Think Agatha Christie/Sherlock Holmes ... just a good old crime solver. I really enjoyed his story and would love a series dedicated exclusively to him. I found this part o
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was ok
Horowitz is my favorite author, but I just could not get into this. I read 170 pages, then skipped ahead to the last 3 chapters.
Pat (not getting friend updates currently)
4.5 stars.

Anthony Horowitz does this so well - the book within a book thing. Susan Ryeland (from Magpie Murders) is back. Two years after her star author, Alan Conway, died along with her editing career, she and Andreas are living in Crete and running a small hotel. An English couple approach her for help. Lawrence and Pauline Treherne run a boutique hotel in Sussex, Branlow Hall. Their daughter, Cecily, who works at the hotel has recently disappeared. What has this got to do with Susan? Well, C
Max Birner
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don't think Horowitz will ever disappoint me, but I'm worried in the near future if I set my expectations a little bit too high! But anyways, my 2020's most anticipated book was everything that I was expecting and more, in an amazing sequel that I would even argue is better than Magpie Murders.

What Horowitz is exceptionally good at in his novels is creating characters with easily distinguished motives and characteristics while simultaneously making it difficult to guess the killer. You will NO
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Many Thanks to Net Galley, Random House UK, Cornerstone; and the author for a chance to read and review this book. All opinions are expressed voluntarily.

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All Hail Anthony Horowitz, a master craftsman for churning out not just one, but two brilliantly conceived murder mysteries.

Book #2 in Susan Ryeland series, Moonflower Murders deserve to be read in order to understand the intricate web plotted by the author in both the books. Magpie Murders was out of the world and
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Anthony Horowitz's Mayflower Murders is one of the most creative detective novels I have read. Two years ago, Horowitz introduced his innovative book within a book format in The Magpie Murders. In The Moonflower Murders, Horowitz brings back protagonist, mystery editor, Susan Ryeland and perfects the new structure that he had previously originated.

At the opening of the "outer" book, Susan Ryeland has left the London publishing scene and opened a small hotel in Crete with her boyfriend/ fiancée A
Jun 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 Stars

On a philosophical level, in every fictional murder mystery ever written the murderer is always - the author. The amount of diabolical planning it takes to commit a murder and hide it till the final reveal in the last chapter. In that context, Anthony Horowitz sure does double duty with his Susan Ryeland mysteries with a book-inside-book Atticus Pund mystery (and in this book 3 murders and 1 disappearance)

Alan Conway is dead for 2 years and Susan Ryeland is now in Greece running her hot
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having loved ‘Magpie Murders,’ I was delighted to read, and review, the second Susan Ryeland mystery, ‘Moonflower Murders.’ This novel opens with Susan living in Crete, with Andreas, and helping him run the family run hotel, The Polydorus. However, despite the sunshine, this is not the idyll is first appears. The hotel is exhausting, she misses publishing and feels that her relationship with Andreas is suffering. So, when a couple appear out of the blue to ask her to investigate their daughter’s ...more
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
There are too many names to remember in this book. Between the basic mystery and the book within the book, it felt like there were hundreds of witness, suspects, old friends, friends of friends, etc. The book also seems homophobic. It would have been nice if at least one of the gay men wasn’t kinky, conniving and/or murderous. I will read the next book in the series, if there is one, but this book was slightly disappointing. 3.5 stars
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Moonflower Murders is the follow up to The Magpie Murders, that I read just a few months ago. It brings back the character of Susan Ryeland but it can easily be read without reading Magpie Murders. It is a true whodunnit in the style of Agatha Christie, and again it involves a book within a book.

Susan returns to England from Greece where she has moved after the events of Magpie Murders., at the request of the parents of young woman Cecily who was murdered on her wedding day 8 years ago at the fa
Oct 19, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Everyone's favorite author is allowed to disappoint one once in awhile.

Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was another clever mystery-within-a-mystery from Anthony Horowitz. I listened to this on audio and enjoyed it. My one quibble is that the story goes on for a really long time — but I liked the characters and the settings and would recommend it to those who like meta mysteries.
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
My first of Horowitz’s novels, but definitely not the last.

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A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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Anthony Horowitz, OBE is ranked alongside Enid Blyton and Mark A. Cooper as "The most original and best spy-kids authors of the century." (New York Times). Anthony has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age of twenty. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books, he is also the writer and creator of award winning detective series Foyle’s War, and more recent ...more

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