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Magpie Murders de Anthony Horowitz
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Magpie Murders (2016 original; edició 2017)

de Anthony Horowitz

Sèrie: Susan Ryeland (1)

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Magpie Murders: A Novel by Anthony Horowitz (2017)
Títol:Magpie Murders
Autors:Anthony Horowitz
Informació:Harper, Kindle Edition, 468 pages
Etiquetes:No n'hi ha cap

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Magpie Murders de Anthony Horowitz (2016)

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Two books jumbled into one. Too meandering.

Obviously a talented writer - maybe (ironically) it’s just the editing that was the problem (?). But it was just too much - too many settings, characters, timelines - too much all together and not well organized. ( )
  Hokie | May 23, 2021 |
I enjoyed the Foyle's War mystery TV series; I liked Horowitz's Holmesian riff "House of Silk." So this one looked like fun, and it is. A rather ingenious take on your basic English-village "cozy" mystery (which Horowitz also knows well, being responsible for much of the Midsomer Murders TV series...not my favorite, though the original novels were engaging). The first section of Magpie is the manuscript of such a traditional cozy, submitted to his publisher by a cantankerous and commercially successful author. And not a very good one, either. I kept noticing odd little errors - dates changing from page to page, an opioid painkiller described as an "anti-pyretic" (which would be a fever-reducer, not an analgesic), a doctor describing a dead woman's injury as a split skull on one page and a broken neck a few pages later. And I thought this would be where the story began - a hugely successful writer turning in a flawed (and startlingly incomplete) manuscript and the ensuing travails. Nope. Though it was a bit of gentle fun poked at the genre, and yes, I noticed that all the characters were named after birds (no particular spoiler there). Instead, the writer ends up dead and his editor embarks on the quest to find the missing chapters, what happened to the author, and how the plotlines and characters in the novel turn out to reflect some real life shenanigans. Briskly paced, some sympathetic characters, good humor, personal peril for our intrepid editor, and a neat resolution. An enjoyable couple evenings of entertainment, best read in bed with a glass of wine and a purring cat on the pillow. ( )
  JulieStielstra | May 17, 2021 |
I bought this novel thinking that it was Young Adult fiction as Horowitz has written some classic YA horror, mystery and short story items in past years. Luckily i read it prior to adding to the YA collection in my Library as some of the content ( i.e. the life of "rent boys") was inappropriate for my Library clientele. This is a novel about a publisher called Susan Reyland who becomes embroiled in solving a murder mystery when her best-selling author suddenly dies. Its a novel within a novel scenario too complicated to summarize here so I'll add the Good Reads blurb.

Good Reads blurb : "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 bestselling 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 pages of the manuscript: one of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition, and murder. "(Good Reads, 2021)

This is a very interesting concept as you need to read a novel written about a fictional detective BEFORE you get into the main story. SPOILER ALERT : The novel is missing the last chapter that reveals the murderer and the next part of the story involves the main character trying to solve both the fictional murder mystery and the "real"one that has just happened. Very gripping and very Agatha Christie like ( especially the first book).
I read this in one day as I was so keen to find out the answers to both mysteries. For adult readers. ( )
  nicsreads | Apr 21, 2021 |
In the tradition of the theatrical play-within-a-play, ‘Magpie Murders’ by Anthony Horowitz is a detective-mystery-within-a-detective-mystery. First in the Susan Ryeland series, more of her later, Horowitz has written a page-turner laced intricately with clues, delivered by a fictional detective in the Poirot tradition.
Susan Ryeland is head of fiction at Cloverleaf Books whose star writer is Alan Conway, author of the hugely successful Atticus Pünd crime series. Reading the manuscript of his latest submission, ‘Magpie Murders’, Susan is surprised to find the last chapters are missing. The murderer remains unnamed. Worse, Alan Conway has committed suicide. If Ryeland and her boss Charles Clover don’t find the missing chapters they can’t publish the book. And with no future books to come from Conway, the company may go bust.
The first half of the book is dedicated to Conway’s story of his fictional private detective, Pünd, who investigates one accidental death and one murder which take place in the same West Country village within days of each other. The victims knew each other. There must be a connection. In classic Agatha Christie style, the possibilities, lies and secrets are discovered by Pünd but he keeps his conclusions to himself.
The second half of the book tells how Ryeland first sets out to find the missing part of the manuscript. But increasingly puzzled by inconsistencies and lies in those surrounding Conway, she begins to suspect his death was not suicide. And that the answer lies in the manuscript of ‘Magpie Murders’. Did Conway fear for his life, and did he leave clues behind for his killer to be brought to justice.
This is such a clever beginning to what is a new detective series from Horowitz, who has written extensively for television including ‘Midsomer Murders’ and ‘Poirot’. All the tropes of the classic detective novel are here – family arguments, a crook going straight, injustice, jealousy and rivalry, mixed up with the tensions of a local community where everyone knows everyone else’s secrets… or do they? Why is the vicar so hesitant when answering Pünd’s questions? Why did a son tell his mother he wished she were dead? Who stole a dangerous drug from the GP’s surgery and what did they do with it?
I’ve read some good books recently but none that kept me reading into the dark of the night until my eyes drooped. Oh, and I guessed wrong the wrong murderer.
Good fun.
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  Sandradan1 | Apr 8, 2021 |
My first book by Anthony Horowitz. And wow! That seemed like a very book, but in a good way. There were a few parts that got a bit tedious but overall it was pretty good. I was surprised the ending... more so the real life ending. I look forward to his next book. ( )
  purple_pisces22 | Mar 14, 2021 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 168 (següent | mostra-les totes)
A preternaturally brainy novel within a novel that’s both a pastiche and a deconstruction of golden-age whodunits.
Bestseller Horowitz (The House of Silk) provides a treat for fans of golden age mysteries with this tour de force that both honors and pokes fun at the genre.
afegit per rretzler | editaPublishers Weekly (starred review) (Web de pagament) (Feb 6, 2017)

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