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Magpie Murders

Written by: Anthony Horowitz
Narrated by: Samantha Bond,Allan Corduner
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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Moriarty and Trigger Mortis, this fiendishly brilliant, riveting thriller weaves a classic whodunit worthy of Agatha Christie into a chilling, ingeniously original modern-day mystery.

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best-selling 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 wants to keep 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 the more Susan reads, the more she's convinced that there is another story hidden in the pages of the manuscript: one of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition, and murder.

Masterful, clever, and relentlessly suspenseful, Magpie Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the listener becomes the detective.

©2017 Stormbreaker Productions Ltd. (P)2017 Orion UK

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Almost gave up on this one

I was thoroughly enjoying this well written mystery and was drawing to the end of the story - stopping just shy of the conclusion - when it took an unexpected twist and became a whole new mystery. This one evolved brutally slowly and I really didn’t want to continue listening. However it kept playing in the background until after many chapters it snapped back into focus (final 20 chapters) and I listened to the satisfactory end.

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Meh

I love a good mystery and this is my first from this author. If you're a fan of sorrowful women because they haven't had children or married, this is for you. I see why it's set in the past, you would have a harder time portraying that stereotype now, for sure. The 4th wall stuff didn't work for me at all, neither did either murderers, the dialogue, nothing. The author puts down his own genre and fans of it, why the fans tolerate it is beyond me. If this is an example of success in the genre, he's not wrong. Why would everyone gladly spill their secrets to an editor? She had no jurisdiction or clout whatsoever. I found it all pretentious and insulting.

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A love letter to the classics mysteries.

love the mystery within the mystery vibe. I've enjoyed it immensly and looking forward foe another installment.

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Postmodern/meta Agatha Christie

This is a clever and wonderfully detailed play on classic whodunnits. Great fun. A rattling good yarn within a rattling good yarn.

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Loved it!!

I started listening to this book and loved it instantly. The complexity of the story was very well done. I found myself trying to find time to listen. Well done!!! The reader’s voice is perfect. She made the story feel like it was her own!!!

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First book by Horowitz …. But not the last!

I was looking for Foyle’s War, not realizing that they were written for tv. I had heard of Magpie Murders so gave it a go and I certainly don’t regret it. So well written and totally absorbing. Can’t wait to find my next Horowitz read.

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surprisingly good

Huh. This was actually pretty good! I'm usually skeptical of highly acclaimed novels, but yeah, no, this was alright.
The writer does a great job of evoking the golden age of mystery in the mystery-within-a-mystery. I couldn't figure out the killer, and then the big reveal both came as something of a surprise and also made a lot of sense. I appreciate that.
The other mystery was interesting, too. The victim was an epic POS (whose death wasn't exactly a tragedy) and the solution was a bit... out of the blue? But I liked the conclusion.
Overall, it was a fun one.

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Fantastic!

An incredible book. Keeps you entertained from beginning to end. One of the best narrations I have heard. I highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of great writing, great plot lines and fantastic twists and turns!

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meta who-done-it

Appreciated the double narrator, and the story within a story element of the book. Well-casted and very engaging.

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Full of surprises!

The narrator made this book so accessible for me, basically a lazy reader who tends to skim descriptions…I recognize that I would miss the essence of this book by skipping the descriptive passages. With Audible narrator, I drank in the whole work!

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