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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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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 08-14-17
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 08-14-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Twisty-er Than A Strawberry Twizzler!"

    I've never read anything like this. There's nothing else to say without revealing too much about this - um.... Hmmm... No I can't even write that. From the first seemingly non-sequetarian open, well, pay attention. There are clues spattered all over this thing and both readers show them off clearly. The Magpie Murders... Make that Magpie Murders, are surprisingly as satisfying as they are startling.

    Can't say more... Just, enjoy. I did.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sara 07-24-17
    Sara 07-24-17
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    "A British Whodunit"

    I enjoy Horowitz and his screen writing for TV with a particular favorite being the program Foyle's War. Much of this novel reads like a screen play with a great deal of external detail about the setting and the movements of this absolutely huge cast of characters.

    However my biggest concern was that there wasn't enough internal detail, or character development to help me feel connected to the story being told. After all, we don't have the likes of Michael Kitchen or Honeysuckle Weeks to encapsulate pages of writing into one very succinct glance, look or reaction filled with meaning. Actors can really add to the back story in a screen play and help flesh out the characters and add depth to the story being told. Without them the writer needs to work to find a way to engage the reader with solid sparkling characters we can actually care about.

    I thought the narration was good and added positively to the listening experience. The two readers worked well.

    Be aware that this book is really best for diehard fans of the Christie or Sayers style of British mysteries. I did keep listening and stuck with it to the bitter end but I thought it felt a bit empty and dragged in parts. Proceed with caution.

    30 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Mel 07-12-17
    Mel 07-12-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Fun Wholesome English Whodunnit"


    Enjoyable English Whodunnit with a twist -- a clever little story in a story that uncovers the "who" exactly dunnit in a full list of suspects (that could all be straight out of a game of Clue). Horowitz includes a nod to some of the great writers of mysteries, and sprinkles in a good shake of red herrings to keep you away from any quick conclusion. For fans of the genre, this is a well written respectable read that's not a bad way to spend a couple of afternoons. Overall, I regret that I didn't find a memorable character in this immense cast, (and that could be because I've just finished a couple of Daphne DuMauire books) and eventually I found myself reading just to quench a curiosity more lazy than intrigued. That's not to say I didn't enjoy the read! I highly recommend to fans of the genre and additionally to anyone wanting a read with an entertaining cozy quality.

    23 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Midwesterner 07-20-17
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    "Lots of hype for just a nice book."

    A whodunit within a whodunit. No gratuitous violence or sex. Nice little twist at the end of the " inside" book. Good narration. I had a hard time warming up to our heroine; she said things like "even though I was in the hospital for quite some time the real intensive-care came from Andreas." Hmmm.
    Lots of nods to our favorite fictional British detectives and their creators though!

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Susan P Montgomery 08-03-17
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    "Not that good"

    Starts pretty good, then rambles and gets really boring. Characters are trite, the story predictable

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

    20 of 28 people found this review helpful
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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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    carina 08-31-17
    carina 08-31-17 Member Since 2010
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    "A Mystery Within a Mystery"

    This is the first time I've listened to a story that began with an Atticus Pund detective investigation then inserted a mystery about the author (not Horowitz, but the Atticus Pund author) into the story. Most unusual. It almost threw me for a loop, but it was fun when I caught onto what was going on. Very clever!
    I did not guess the murderer in either mystery among the many suspects. Nice writing, good narrators. Very enjoyable.
    There were also comments within the story about why we love who done its and what makes a good mystery writer. I recommend this one to those who love a good British Mystery. Very much worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Calliope 08-27-17
    Calliope 08-27-17
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    "Not bad -- took the long way 'round"

    This is a book within a book, a fictional detective story in a small British village bookended by a mystery involving the author and editor of that detective story. Both have very unlikable characters (the detective, and the author), and both take a long and winding path to get to solutions that aren't very interesting or surprising. Not bad, exactly, but far from good. Average stories with atypical packaging are still average stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas D Kennedy Valparaiso, IN United States 08-22-17
    Thomas D Kennedy Valparaiso, IN United States 08-22-17 Member Since 2007
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    "It seemed like a good idea at the time"

    But rather than enhancing Magpie Murders, the mystery that surrounds the Magpie Murders diminishes it and distracts from it. Returning to Magpie after being away for awhile, I was much less interested and much less willing to suspend my disbelief.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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