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Magpie Murders Audiobook

Magpie Murders: A Novel

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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 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

What the Critics Say

"Listen straight through - or savor slowly? That will be your struggle because Horowitz's delicious mystery-within-a-mystery is, as they say, 'fiendishly clever' and terrifically narrated." (AudioFile)

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    an amazon buyer 06-08-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Brilliant!"

    Incredible plot twists and ingenious book within a book device. Excellent characterizations as well. Will read more from this author!

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    "Magpie Murders is terrific!"

    I really enjoyed this mystery within a mystery. The inner mystery is a Christie-type village murder of an obnoxious aristocrat whom everyone disliked. The framing mystery is the murder (or suicide) of the best-selling, equally disliked author. Both stories are compelling. Both have plausible resolutions.

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    T. Kingsbury Portland, OR 06-18-17
    T. Kingsbury Portland, OR 06-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Perfect Whodunit with a delightful twist"

    Loved the story-within-a-story structure of this cozy, well-paced (and often tongue-in-cheek) murder mystery, cozy and cunning. Great performances that bring out the structure.

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    Bethany PHOENIX, AZ, United States 06-17-17
    Bethany PHOENIX, AZ, United States 06-17-17

    Read, listen, live

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    "Brilliant, intricate, memorable"

    This is not the typical murder mystery. It's much better! Innovative and well executed in all areas by author and narrators. This is by far the best work from an amazingly talented author and one of my favorite audio books.

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    Judith Lewisville, TX, USA 06-17-17
    Judith Lewisville, TX, USA 06-17-17 Member Since 2002
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    "Ingenious"

    Well plotted mystery within a mystery. Both stories are well written and ingeniously entertwined. I was so caught up in the manuscript that is the basis of the more intricate mystery that I was briefly disappointed when it broke off to go back to the other mystery. You do eventually get to hear the ending of it!

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    Cullen Denver, CO 06-14-17
    Cullen Denver, CO 06-14-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Magpie Murders delivers"

    Great story. Two murders for the price of one! Very Agatha Christie and very modern to boot. Very satisfying. Enjoy.

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    Kathi 06-19-17
    Kathi 06-19-17 Member Since 2010

    Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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    "A very ambitious work!"

    Goodness, this was a complicated and meticulously written book! It brings the meaning of "a story within a story" to a new level (it contains an entire book within the greater story). I found it a fascinating listen--and astonishingly, for a work of this length, which essentially contains two entire books in it, keeping the plots and characters straight was not any problem!

    This is a story of a book editor, who becomes intrigued by the death of an author she has worked with for years, and seeks to uncover the answers to his life's mysteries by searching his last book for clues. So the reader/listener is treated to dual mysteries, each of which depends upon the other for clarity and resolution.

    An exceedingly cleverly written book--I kept thinking how challenging it must have been for Anthony Horowitz to write this, in an interesting manner that proceeds to lay out clues for two distinct stories at the same time. This is a truly satisfying book to listen to--excellent narration--and I am filled with admiration for the skill of the author to have assembled such an intriguing book. I don't think I've read anything by Mr. Horowitz before, but I am going to be looking for what else he may have written. If you like skillful, literate mysteries--that conjure up (quite deliberately) the classic era of Christie alongside a more contemporary mystery, you should really like this book. But be prepared to hunker in for a while--as this is a really long book! I loved every minute of it.

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    CM 06-24-17
    CM 06-24-17
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    "What Fun!!!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book well 2 books in 1 actually. I had been listening to Michael Robothom's detective books which are excellent but the crimes are rather dark so was looking for something a bit lighter . Mr Horowitz has done an excellent job ,he pays homage to Agatha Christie and the like in the first book set in 1955 but written by a modern day Author who is the subject of the second book. I don't want to say to much and spoil it but this was a great investment of a credit as it is long and complicated and has two excellent narrators . I would definitely recommend it.

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    Jeffery P. Cronin St. Louis 06-23-17
    Jeffery P. Cronin St. Louis 06-23-17

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    "Leave world building to sci-fi and fantasy please"

    For my taste there was just way too much story and back story for every character. It started to feel like an open ended TV series that simply planed to go on.

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    wisconsinclark Houlton, Wisconsin, US 06-20-17
    wisconsinclark Houlton, Wisconsin, US 06-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good story, a little too long."
    Would you try another book from Anthony Horowitz and/or Samantha Bond and Allan Corduner ?

    Samantha Bond and Allan Corduner for sure. Horowitz, maybe.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Cut out several chapters.


    What about Samantha Bond and Allan Corduner ’s performance did you like?

    They were very good, enough said.


    Do you think Magpie Murders needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, it got to be tiresome


    Any additional comments?

    I liked it, but did not give it my full attention while listening as it went, on and on and on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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