You get two-for-one mysteries in this clever, fun read. A book editor reads her publisher's best-selling author's new book, but finds the last chapters missing. Searching for them she begins to get involved in a real life mystery (well, you know...). It's well written and keeps your interest, which is all you can ask of a whodunnit.
This Anthony Horowitz novel is a wink and a nod to the English parlour murder mystery genre authored by the likes of Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Add to that the idea of a murder mystery story within a murder mystery story and you have double the mystery and double the fun. Well written and a delight to those who love to play with word games - anagrams, acronyms, and the like. Prepare yourself for 1950 English countryside and current day London and get ready to solve some murders!
What kind of novel has another book within it as a clue? Answer - this one. Yes, you have to read the entire other story (200+ pages) before you get into the real story.
The author is a bit too clever for his own sake. The writing was good but the story dragged on a bit too long. So many cute events taking place, I would lightly recommend it, but with reservations.
Different and captivating mystery. Definitely recommended.
What a novel approach to a murder mystery! The story stops just as the detective is ready to announce who did the deed when the story is interrupted. Then another story starts about the editor of that novel trying to find out who killed the author of that story. She is the narrator of that story as well as the investigator! Horowitz certainly knows how to plot, write dialogue, and create lives with secrets that all are unravelled as the novel ends. Horowitz's style of writing is wonderful.
I enjoyed this book, although I agree with the previous reader's comments that the author does get a little carried away with his own cleverness. Some of the narrator's thoughts could have been edited and the story tightened up. But overall it was an interesting read. 3 stars
Cleverly written and a good homage to whodunits novels however the author tried to hard to be clever with the final chapter when he "interviews" the one of the main characters.
I loved the book and the idea very original. I highly recommend it to anyone.
August 06 2017
Pour yourself a cup of English tea, set out a plate of biscuits and prepare to be utterly consumed by this book. If you are a fan of Agatha Christie and English murder mysteries, you will love being taken for a romp through the British countryside where you will encounter vicars, housekeepers, lords and ladies of the manor, police, and two very clever detectives. Yes, two. You see, this novel contains a mystery story within a mystery.You will not be able to put down this book once you begin the ride. NC
An incredible read! Not only is this a story within a story, but the author writes them so well.
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