Sam Clair

5 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 67 ratings

Murder of Magpies Publisher's Summary

It's just another day at the office for book editor Samantha Clair. Checking jacket copy for howlers, wondering how to break it to her star novelist that her latest effort is utterly unpublishable, lunch scheduled with gossipy author Kit Lowell, whose new book will deliciously dish the dirt on the fashion industry. But little does she know how much trouble Kit's book is about to be. Before it even goes to print. When police inspector Field turns up at the venerable offices of Timmins and Ross, asking questions about an undelivered package that was addressed to Sam, she knows something is wrong. The messenger sent to deliver the package was murdered, and then Kit goes missing. Suddenly Sam's nine-to-five life is turned upside down, and she is propelled into a criminal investigation. Someone doesn't want Kit's scandalous manuscript published, and unless Sam can put the pieces together in time they'll do anything to stop it.

With her deliciously fun, cleverly written debut novel, acclaimed author Judith Flanders introduces readers to an enormously enjoyable, too-smart-for-her-own-good new amateur sleuth as well as a colorful cast of characters, including Sam's witty assistant, her effortlessly glamorous mother, and the handsome Inspector Field. A whipsmart, impeccably crafted mystery, this tremendously entertaining novel will have readers flying through the pages.

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  • Book 1

    • Murder of Magpies

    • By: Judith Flanders
    • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
    • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    It's just another day at the office for book editor Samantha Clair. Checking jacket copy for howlers, wondering how to break it to her star novelist that her latest effort is utterly unpublishable, lunch scheduled with gossipy author Kit Lowell, whose new book will deliciously dish the dirt on the fashion industry. But little does she know how much trouble Kit's book is about to be. Before it even goes to print.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent novel, horrible narrator

    • By David on 03-20-17

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Writer's Block

    • By: Judith Flanders
    • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
    • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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    At Timmins & Ross publishing house Samantha Clair knows she can rely on her star author Breda McManus to deliver a manuscript that will sell to the masses and pay her salary. But when Breda's latest endeavour is a complete catastrophe, it turns out to be only the first of Sam's problems. When Sam decides to publish fashion journalist Kit Lovell's tell-all book on the death of Rodrigo Aleman, a designer at the prestigious Vernet fashion house, little does she know the dangerous trouble it will cause.

    Regular price: $21.11

  • Book 2

    • Bed of Scorpions

    • By: Judith Flanders
    • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
    • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 18
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    What's an editor to do with so many demands? Do you deal with the morning's pile of manuscript submissions first? Or the swine from sales who steals all the chocolate digestives? Or do you concentrate on your ex-lover, whose business partner has just been found dead in their art gallery, slumped over his desk with a gun in his hand?

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Boring and breathy

    • By Sharon on 05-21-16

    Regular price: $24.49

    • A Bed of Scorpions

    • By: Judith Flanders
    • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
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    What's an editor to do with so many demands? Do you deal with the morning's pile of manuscript submissions first? Or do you concentrate on your ex-lover, whose business partner has just been found dead in their art gallery, slumped over his desk with a gun in his hand? It's another day at Timmins & Ross publishing house, but when sharp-tongued editor Samantha Clair's CID boyfriend is brought in to investigate Frank Compton's death, her loyalties become stretched.

    Regular price: $21.88

  • Book 3

    • A Cast of Vultures

    • By: Judith Flanders
    • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Usually sharp-witted editor Sam Clair stumbles through her post-launch-party morning with the hangover to end all hangovers. Before the Nurofen has even kicked in, she finds herself entangled in an elaborate saga of missing neighbours, suspected arson and the odd unidentified body. When the grisly news breaks that the fire has claimed a victim, Sam is already in pursuit. Never has comedy been so deadly as Sam faces down a pair from Thugs "R" Us, aided by nothing more than a CID boyfriend, a stalwart Goth assistant and a seemingly endless supply of broccoli.

    Regular price: $20.65