Magpie Murders: the Sunday Times bestseller crime thriller with a fiendish twist (英語) ペーパーバック – 2017/6/13
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'Want to read a great whodunnit? Anthony Horowitz has one for you: MAGPIE MURDERS. It's as good as an Agatha Christie. Better, in some ways. Cleverer.' Stephen King 'The finest crime novel of the year' Daily Mail ***** Seven for a mystery that needs to be solved . . . Editor Susan Ryland has worked with bestselling crime writer Alan Conway for years. Readers love his detective, Atticus Pund, a celebrated solver of crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. But Conway's latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but hidden in the pages of the manuscript lies another story: a tale written between the very words on the page, telling of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition and murder. From the creator of Midsomer Murders comes a fiendish mystery perfect for fans of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot.***** Praise for Magpie Murders - the gripping Sunday Times bestselling crime thriller: 'Ingenious' Sunday Times 'Thrilling and compelling with a stunning twist' Daily Mail 'A stylish thriller' Sunday Mirror 'A cunning reinvention of the thriller' Mail on Sunday
Horowitz is a superb pasticheur. * Guardian * A highly enjoyable twist on the classic whodunnit * Metro * We loved this Agatha Christie-esque crime novel. A fiendish mystery within a mystery that will have you hooked from page one * Good Housekeeping * Anthony Horowitz's new novel is at once a brilliant pastiche of the English village mystery and a hugely enjoyable tale of avarice and skulduggery in the world of publishing . . . a compendium of dark delights * Irish Times * Although at first glance Horowitz's latest offering appears to be a classic whodunit novel, it will almost certainly prove to be unlike anything you've ever read before, and will have you mulling over its various intrigues in between sittings. * Scotsman * Putting two books in one with their plots running side by side makes Magpie Murders difficult to put down and Horowitz fans will thoroughly enjoy a cracking good read * Daily Express * Brilliant. Really, really brilliant. I loved it. * Sophie Hannah, author of The Monogram Murders * A stylish, multi-layered thriller - playful, ingenious and wonderfully entertaining * Sunday Mirror * Superbly written, with great suspects, a perfect period feel and a cracking reveal at the end * Spectator * A cunning re-invention of the thriller formula -- Thriller of the Week * Mail on Sunday * An ingenious novel-within-a-novel whodunit about the death of a crime writer . . . Part crime novel, part pastiche, this magnificent piece of crime fiction plays with the genre while also taking it seriously * Sunday Times * Want to read a great whodunnit? Anthony Horowitz has one for you: MAGPIE MURDERS. It's as good as an Agatha Christie. Better, in some ways. Cleverer. * Stephen King *商品の説明をすべて表示する
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We have an old-fashioned, well-written who-done-it manuscript dropped off by a famous writer, only the last chapters are missing. So then we need to find out what happened to the chapters and solve the mystery in the book, but while doing that the main character becomes convinced that the author was murdered.
I thought both mysteries were well-thought out and very clever. I'm not sure why some reviewers disliked it--I thought it was a great read.
"Magpie Murders" is set in both current-day and 1955 London, as well as a small town near Bath. Two murders occur in the small town and famous detective Atticus Pund becomes involved in figuring out the case. He comes to the village and begins his investigation. THIS is the plot in a book written by author Alan Conway. The book is the ninth in the "Pund" series and Susan Ryeland, Conway's editor at his London publisher, Cloverleaf Books. The reader begins the journey into the Russian dolls by reading Alan Conway's novel. But the ending of the book is literally missing and when Ryeland tries to piece together the novel, the other dolls begin to show themselves. Anthony Horowitz writes ALL his voices with a firm, yet clever hand. For some reason, the reader keeps the places, plot points, and characters separate, even as the book turns into another book, and turns yet again. Horowitz has the last word in his novel.
I've read very few novels as cleverly plotted as this one. It's a delightful book and I can heartily recommend it.
Anthony Horowitz’s 2017 book, “Magpie Murders,” is really like an onion: you peel back one layer to discover another. And there are some other games dropped like golden apples to amuse and distract along the way.
The introduction sets up a tale within a tale format: a Cloverleaf Publishing House editor, Susan Ryeland, lets us know she is reviewing a manuscript for a mystery with the eponymous title. And that the book has changed her life… significantly by hinting she is no longer employed at Cloverleaf.
At that point we are plunged into a mid-1950’s setting for a traditional English murder mystery, replete with multiple characters and motives, a private detective with his own eccentricities and assistant and lovely detailing of a Cotswold village and environs.
All seems to be progressing along familiar lines until Ms. Ryeland comes back into the narrative with the jarring detail that the last chapter telling “who done it” has gone missing. This revelation sets off an entirely different sequence of events further complicated by the fact that the mystery author has died under curious circumstances. Hmmm…
Stop the presses! We now have two mysteries. It seems that the second one will interfere with resolving the first, especially as there were a lot of reasons for the author to be done dirty. An added tidbit is the author’s penchant for puzzles and thin disguises borrowing from those around him for characters, locations and maybe motives used in his works.
And the fun gets romping as various clues and enigmas are exposed. They are entertaining; some may even cause you to laugh out loud. Shocking!
The author’s writing is rich in detail and description making the read engaging and comfortable. Horowitz offers some entertaining asides about popular British detective personas such as Morse and the Midsommer Murders folks but strictly as references since the framework of the book is set in today’s publishing world.
You may or may not want to match wits with the plotting. I, for one, was quite happy to go along for the ride. Such a pleasure to discover a writer well grounded in the tradition of his genre!