Magpie Murders: A Novel
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz blurs fiction and reality in a modern whodunit following a headstrong editor attempting to solve a murder linked to an unfinished manuscript.
The newest manuscript of the Atticus Pünd detective novels lands on Susan Reyland’s desk. She’s worked with the famed author for the past eight books and finds the standard fare in the murder mystery set in a sleepy little English village. Except the final few chapters are missing, and the author commits suicide. Susan senses something amiss and digs deeper into a real-life mystery that mirrors Pünd’s latest and last outing.
Magpie Murders captures the imagination and unspools a seemingly unique mystery of an author’s murder closely connected to his last manuscript, the publishing industry, and a modern English village with secrets of its own. Anthony Horowitz is a long-time mystery writer, and it shows. Not only is the narrative fantastically plotted and written and the story-within-a-story equally so, Horowitz pays tribute to some of the genre’s greatest, including Agatha Christie. There are several mysteries to solve in Magpie Murders, and all are neatly wrapped up by the surprising conclusion.