Magpie Murders

Magpie Murders

eBook - 2017
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"From New York Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz comes Magpie Murders, a brilliant and strikingly original reimagining of the classic whodunit (a la Agatha Christie) with a contemporary mystery wrapped around it"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Harper,, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780062645241
0062645242
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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JLee237
Jul 09, 2018

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.

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lbielecki
Jul 05, 2018

I loved the book and the idea very original. I highly recommend it to anyone.

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natcin7
Jun 20, 2018

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

ArapahoeHannah Jun 11, 2018

An incredible read! Not only is this a story within a story, but the author writes them so well.

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jeffreyochsner
Apr 08, 2018

I found this book rather tiresome and way too "clever" for my taste. The author seems to be showing off rather than trying to write an enjoyable mystery. I did not like any of the characters, so I did not care what happened to them. The book is too long and involved; it is not worth the time I spent reading it.

The concept is interesting; there is a mystery within a mystery, as a manuscript of a murder mystery has been delivered to a publisher, and then the author dies suddenly in what could be an accident but might be foul play. The book contains both the manuscript and the surrounding story, and the two are interrelated. That sounds like it would be really good, and I was looking forward to reading it. Somehow it misses the mark; I finished the book, but it was unsatisfying.

There are a zillion references to Agatha Christie mysteries and some other mysteries. I am sure there are readers who would love this book, but I am not one of them.

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KatG1983
Mar 22, 2018

A love letter to mid century mysteries and novelists. If you enjoy Agatha Christie and contemporaries, you'll really enjoy Magpie Murders. Not the most compelling or fast-paced read; but decent writing from a clever author.

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lbeast
Mar 21, 2018

The interesting device of this book is the mystery novel within a mystery novel. At times I forgot which mystery I was reading. But I found it engaging and fun though it did seem like it borrowed quite a bit from Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot. The only thing I didn't like was the clumsy deus ex machina at the very end. That I thought was a huge disappointment considering the excellent writing that preceded it.

DPLcatherine Mar 16, 2018

If you love solving murder mysteries, wouldn’t it be great if your biggest clue was another murder mystery? Metafiction for lovers of traditional mysteries with relatable characters and just enough twists to keep things interesting.

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dlh1
Feb 26, 2018

I enjoyed most of the novel, but the disclaimer at the beginning was unwarranted. When I re-read it after finishing the book, the character did say that it was life-changing for her (which it was), but there was no reason to warn other readers. It certainly didn't stand out as one of the best books I've ever read, and most definitely was not life changing.

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steve27510
Feb 22, 2018

I read this over two days and even then had a difficult time keeping track of all the characters/suspects in two different mysteries; it’s easy to forget why the various characters would be considered suspects and I thought about making notes to refer back to. But instead I made the effort to read through it as quickly as possible. Overall, well-written with two interesting plots.

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