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Magpie Murders

A Novel
Written by: Anthony Horowitz
Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (76 ratings)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • Barry Beckett
  • 2018-03-26

Excellent

Very well done on all fronts. The narrators were excellent . one of the best of all the books I have listened to..

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  • Karen W. Lam
  • 2017-11-11

Solidly Entertaining

Without spoilers, this book is two mysteries for the price of one, although I have to say I prefer one of them significantly over the other. It's a modern take on Agatha Christie and if I have one quibble, it's how much I dislike the modern female protagonist. She falls into every cliche of what an unmarried career woman should want, and being one myself, makes me want to scream. Please, male authors: stop this at once.

That said, I found it compelling to listen to, great performances, and reminds me why I love a great whodunit. Recommended, but with some reservations.