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From New York Times best-selling author Anthony Horowitz comes a new novel featuring ex-editor hero Susan Ryeland, set to solve another murder mystery

Farlingaye Hall is a beautiful hotel in Suffolk on the east coast of England. Unfortunately, it is also the site of the brutal murder of Frank Parris, a retired advertising executive. Stefan Codrescu, a Romanian maintenance man, is arrested after police discover blood spatter on his clothes and bed linen. He is found guilty and sentenced to eight years in prison. It appears to be an open-and-shut case, but there is more to it than meets the eye. 

Alan Conway, the late author of the fictional Magpie Murders, knew Frank Parris and once visited Farlingaye Hall. Also, the third book in Conway’s detective series, Atticus Pund Takes the Cake, was based on the hotel. Cecily Treherne, the daughter of Farlingaye Hall’s owner, has read the book and believes the proof of Stefan’s innocence can be found in its pages. 

But now...Cecily Treherne has disappeared. So Conway’s former editor, Susan Ryeland, leaves her own hotel in Crete and travels to Suffolk to investigate the murder and Treherne’s disappearance. 

Masterfully intriguing, brilliantly clever and relentlessly suspenseful, Moonflower Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the reader becomes the detective. 

©2020 Anthony Horowitz (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

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I love the idea of a book inside a book. The Atticus Punt mystery is always way more pleasant than the Susan Reyland one. One thing that stands out in both Magpie Murders and this one is the sheer negative portrayal of LGBT characters. I would have dismissed it, had it not happened in both books. Somehow the books treat sexual minorities differently. Also, I should have warmed up to Susan, but there is something about her that puts me off. Earlier, I had thought I didn't like the narrator's voice, but it's not her. It's the character. Nonetheless, I will recommend this book. It's a good story.

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Plot is overwrought. Excellent narrator, though. The woman, Lesley Manville, I mean.

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Great listen!

If you like Horowitz’s other murder mysteries you’re going to love this one too. The readers are great.