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Publisher's Summary

The terrifying sequel to the number-one best seller The Magpies.

Five years ago Jamie Knight lost everything: his home, his wife and their unborn child. But at least the woman responsible, 'Dark Angel' Lucy Newton, was in prison, and slowly Jamie was able to rebuild his life.

But now Lucy has been freed on appeal, and before long Jamie receives a message from a desperate stranger. Lucy is up to her old tricks - ruining lives for fun.

Jamie agrees to help. But once again, he has no idea what he is getting himself into....

©2018 Mark Edwards (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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When did Isabel become Sasha?

Excellent story! I re-listened to The Magpies to refresh my memory, before listening to this book. In the first book, Kirsti's daughter was named Isabel. But in this book her daughter is Sasha. Otherwise, I highly recommend!

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Slow start, quick finish

It took me soooo long to finish it! Nothing great happens until like chapter 9. Once it did start to get good it ended very quickly, almost like the writer rushed. I also read the second book but it seems like it all should have been apart of the first. Not a terrible srory but not his best. I decided to read this on after reading his new novel The House Guest and now I'm a little disappointed. This book had quiteba few sex scenes as well that I felt were unnecessary.

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yes!!!

if you haven't read The Magpies stop and read that first. You will not understand the hatred and need for revenge this book plays on.
from start to finish I loved this book.

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Predictable

I saw the plot set up a mile away. I wouldn’t say it was bad but def not great.

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A very good read

Perfect little book. Very enjoyable and definitely recommend if you want a quick read fascinating read

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Kept me Intrigued

Pretty good but would have liked it to be a little longer. Reading the next book in about 5 min, can't wait to see how it all ends.

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Exciting Sequel

I highly recommend you read the first book, The Magpies, prior to reading this one. Although it could be a standalone novel, I feel you'd get much more out of it if you read the books in order.

Five years after being tormented by his downstairs neighbors, Jaime finds himself enraged when his tormenter is released from prison. A stranger contacts him claiming that the previous neighbor is now doing the same thing to the stranger. Desperate to help and possibly seek his own revenge, Jaime goes to meet the stranger and discovers his previous neighbor is up to her old tricks again.

This is an excellent sequel to The Magpies, and expands on the original story in delightful yet terrifying ways. I was shocked and delighted to continue the saga of Jamie vs the "Dark Angel" Lucy. Edwards constructed another twisty tale that kept me on the edge of my seat until the end. Although short, this sequel packs a powerful punch! I read it in one night, and I'm thrilled to move on to the final book in this series and am hopeful for an exciting conclusion.

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EDWARDS NEVER LET'S THE READER DOWN...

loved the entire series!!! will keep you dangling in suspense...have a few days to read be because you can't put it down...

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Yes indeed

loved it bring on the rest of the issues. Just spotted another book. Thank you.

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good read

loved it! Good read and I look forward to the next book in this series.

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  • SteveyMac
  • 07-02-19

Not worth a credit but a good listen

This is only a novella and is too short to be really worth the credit, but for everyone who has read Magpies it is a must listen. Follows on from where Magpies left off and carries on with the same suspense and compulsion of the main novel. Maybe should have the third part - “The Last of the Magpies” which is also a novella, thrown in as a two for one credit deal to be worth the credit.

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  • ababy
  • 11-05-18

Not worth buying

struggled to finish , predictable and hammy.dont know why he bothered with this one.
enjoyed the first Magpie ,but this has now ruined the story

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  • EatSleepRugbyXV
  • 01-28-21

Great, short sequel to The Magpies

DO NOT READ THIS, IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE MAGPIES.

I loved the Magpies so having realised there was a sequel I jumped at the chance to read on.

I wasn’t disappointed and feel that Mark Edwards continued the plot superbly.

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  • Victoria
  • 01-01-21

If Louis Theroux read a 12 year old boy’s homework assignment...

After enjoying one of this author’s books (a more recent one I suspect) as an easy but entertaining listen, I gave this series a go when they came up on a half price deal. I ploughed through the first novel and wished I hadn’t but then - stupidly - figured that a) I’d paid for the next novella (two actually) and b) if he managed to convince the publishers to go for 2 more (albeit short) books in the same series then they must have improved

Nope.

I teach year 6 children (10 and 11 year olds) and, all joking aside, if one of our more able children wrote sentences as pedestrian as these, we’d be sitting them down and working through it with them!

The overall effect wasn’t aided by the narrator who sounds like a slightly over-eager 12 year old himself most of the time. He manages to simultaneously achieve an implicit exclamation mark at the end of every sentence whilst also somehow seeming monotonous.

And if one more character said “lovely...”

People who are being paid to write shouldn’t be allowed to use “nice” as an adjective once, let alone repeatedly.

Irritated at myself for buying all three at once. I got a refund on the first because it was dire but I feel like I ought to push on through numbers 2 and 3 as I didn’t feel like I could ask for a refund on all three and now I’ve got that “well I’ve paid for it.... It would be a waste not to listen” feeling to contend with.

Honestly, though, I think having paid for number 3 in the series and then not listening to it is probably the lesser of two evils.

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  • AM
  • 01-12-20

Excellent read

Mark Edward never fails to excite me with his books.. another excellent read and audible version.. I'm hoping there's a sequel to this.

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  • Aileen Reidy
  • 04-06-19

Loved it !

Fabulous ! I hope there's a third ! A final showdown 😀 And Jamie and Kirsty back together 😀

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  • JPea
  • 02-16-19

excellent!

more please. clever plotting, well done. Thank you for taking up most of my free time today!!!!!

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  • SarahC1985
  • 11-28-18

He still hasn't changed

My first thought on reading this, was I was so excited to do so. I couldn't wait for it to come out, I actually had high hopes for an outcome I really thought was certain, can't say, as don't do spoilers, but once I was finished, in one because it's so short, I was angry all over again. Jamie's conduct... Just, wow. Even after everything he went through, he didn't change. Without trying to give away anything, don't read this if you had hopes for Jamie's redemption, in my opinion. The plot was good, I like what happened, but Jamie just gets on my nerves. Sure, if there's a 3rd etc, book, I'll read it of course, but it'll take a lot for my view of Jamie to warm. Well done Mark, another good one. I also liked the fact Hill was also able to read this one. Really made it feel like the continuation it is. Another narrator would've ruined that for me.

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  • Honest Joe
  • 04-12-18

Short but sweet, a few hours long

Would you consider the audio edition of A Murder of Magpies to be better than the print version?

Yes

What about Elliot Hill’s performance did you like?

He made the story and characters come alive

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes and did

Any additional comments?

looking forward to the next one.

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  • robert
  • 04-03-18

Dire!

A step too far, by a usually brilliant author. Oh God let it please be over.

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