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Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
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it was amazing
bookshelves: best-of-2018, british-isles-theme-setting, mystery-crime-thriller, read-2018

... It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma... Winston Churchill may have been speaking about Russian national interest, but his famous quip perfectly describes the playfully clever Matryoshka doll of a novel written nearly eighty years later. Magpie Murders is an homage to the cozy mystery that British authors and screenwriters have made so irresistible, from Agatha Christie to the author's own detective series for the small screen, Midsomer Murders and Foyle's War.

Editor Susan Ryeland tucks in to read the latest manuscript from her publishing house's bestselling author, Alan Conway, writer of a hit crime series set in small town England in the 1950s featuring the enigmatic private detective Atticus Pünd. Realizing the final chapters are missing, Susan is launched into a contemporary murder mystery, and you and I, the real life readers, sit center stage in two simultaneous whodunits , enjoying the deliciously-plotted ride.

A deep bow to Anthony Horowitz for his lovingly rendered pastiche of the murder mystery genre. As editor Ryeland states when she settles in to read Conway's latest (and as it turns out, last) book, “You can’t beat a good whodunnit: the twists and turns, the clues and the red herrings and then, finally, the satisfaction of having everything explained to you in a way that makes you kick yourself because you hadn’t seen it from the start.” Written with elegance as a finely-crafted and cunning puzzle, Magpie Murders is the perfect antidote for these anxious, overwrought, angry times. Funny to say that about a murder mystery, right? This is a rollicking good time, and we could all use more of those. Highly recommended.
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Reading Progress

September 19, 2018 – Shelved
September 19, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
December 21, 2018 – Started Reading
December 24, 2018 – Shelved as: best-of-2018
December 24, 2018 – Shelved as: british-isles-theme-setting
December 24, 2018 – Shelved as: mystery-crime-thriller
December 24, 2018 – Shelved as: read-2018
December 24, 2018 – Finished Reading

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