Magpie Murders: A Novel (Paperback)

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"A bottle of wine. A family-sized packet of nacho cheese flavoured tortilla chips and a jar of hot salsa dip. A packet of cigarettes on the side (I know, I know). The rain hammering against the windows. And a book. What could have been lovelier?"

I couldn’t agree more. So begins Anthony Horowtiz’s Magpie Murders.

This novel (well, really two novels in one) follows editor Susan Ryeland at work on her star author’s latest whodunit—which Horowitz includes in full, sans the mysteriously absent final chapter.  When the author, Alan Conway, dies of apparent suicide, Ryeland ultimately takes up the investigation of his death herself.

The audiobook features two narrators: Samantha Bond for Susan Ryeland’s storyline and Allan Courdner for Conway’s “book,” emphasizing the different character and quality of each section while knitting them together cohesively.  Both are good readers—no monotone or distracting voice acting.

Set between London and the English countryside, Magpie Murders is filled with delightful allusions to Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes. Beyond the two compelling mysteries comprising the plot, these literary references and the publishing world setting make the book a great reader’s read…or listen.

— Louise Forster

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"Magpie Murders is a double puzzle for puzzle fans, who don’t often get the classicism they want from contemporary thrillers." --Janet Maslin, The New York Times

A New York Times Bestseller | #1 Indie Next Pick | NPR Best Book of 2017 | Amazon Best Book of 2017 | Washington Post Best Book of 2017 | Esquire Best Book of 2017

From the New York Times bestselling 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 bestselling 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 reader becomes the detective.

Praise For…


“Each of the narratives in Magpie Murders is engaging and fluid, each with its own charm, though Horowitz’s joyful act of Christie ventriloquism is, in particular, spectacularly impressive.”

“Anthony Horowitz’s Magpie Murders is catnip for classic mystery lovers… With its elegant yet playful plotting, Magpie Murders is the thinking mystery fan’s ideal summer thriller.”

“An ingenious funhouse mirror of a novel sets a vintage ‘cozy’ mystery inside a modern frame.”

“Brilliant. Really, really brilliant. I loved it.”

“An extravagant circus of a novel, part high-wire act, part funhouse mirror. Intricate, bold, stone-cold clever— both comfortably old-fashioned and thrillingly new.”

“Doubly Devilish.”

“Horowitz..has devised an ingenious whodunit within a whodunit, a metamystery with Agatha Christie roots.”

“A treat for fans of golden age mysteries…. [A] tour de force …. Horowitz throws in several wicked twists…. Highly satisfying.”

Magpie Murders is an ingenious, twisting tribute to the sleepy English countryside murder and will thoroughly entertain readers of old fashioned detective thrillers.”

“Fans who still mourn the passing of Agatha Christie…will welcome this wildly inventive homage…as the most fiendishly clever puzzle—make that two puzzles—of the year.”

“A perfect summer read from the author of Moriarty.”

Magpie Murders [is] a fiendishly clever literary puzzle.”

“There’s much to enjoy in Anthony Horowitz’s spry, sardonic Magpie Murders.”

“An ingenious novel-within-a-novel . . . part crime novel, part pastiche, this magnificent piece of crime fiction plays with the genre while also taking it seriously.”

“Superbly written, with great suspects, a perfect period feel, and a cracking reveal at the end.”

“Anthony Horowitz has devised a fiendish mystery within a mystery that will have you hooked from page one. We loved this Agatha Christie-esque crime novel.”

“A stylish, multi-layered thriller—playful, ingenious and wonderfully entertaining.”

“A compendium of dark delights. . . . A brilliant pastiche of the English village mystery and a hugely enjoyable tale of avarice and skullduggery in the world of publishing.”

“This can only be described as incredibly clever—but what else would you expect from Horowitz?”


Product Details
ISBN: 9780062645234
ISBN-10: 0062645234
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: March 27th, 2018
Pages: 512
Language: English