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Magpie Murders: A Novel (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2016; vuoden 2018 painos)

– tekijä: Anthony Horowitz (Tekijä)

Sarjat: Susan Ryeland (1)

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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 best selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pund, 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 Pund 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.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Magpie Murders: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Anthony Horowitz (Tekijä)
Info:Harper Perennial (2018), 512 pages
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Magpie Murders (tekijä: Anthony Horowitz) (2016)

  1. 20
    A Very British Murder (tekijä: Lucy Worsley) (charlie68)
    charlie68: An excellent non fiction study of mysteries and the history.
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 179) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
This mystery novel kept me on my toes from cover to cover. It read like a modern day Agatha Christie page-turner with twists and turns around every corner, building up the suspense one chapter at a time. It is absolutely one of my all-time favorite mystery novels and I look forward to reading more of Horowitz’s works, including books about Sherlock Holmes, Alex Rider, and James Bond. ( )
  kathrynwithak7 | Nov 24, 2021 |
English Country Mystery, and More

Reading English country mysteries—well, pretty much any mystery—requires a huge suspension of disbelief. And no one explains why better than Anthony Horowitz through Detective Superintendent Richard Locke, who appears to be in the modern day part two mystery for no other reason than to utter these curmudgeonly words about murderers to Susan Ryeland, intrepid book editor and mystery chaser: “People don’t plan these things. They don’t sneak into their victims’ houses and throw them off the roof and then send out letters hoping they’re going to be misinterpreted, as you put it. They don’t put on wigs and dress up like they do in Agatha Christie.” Of course they don’t, but maybe they should to keep things interesting, instead of commonly grotesque.

If you’re of that mind, and you love nothing more than an engrossing who-done-it, intricate, twisty, and loaded with enough red herrings to keep you dizzy most of the way to the end, read Magpie Murders. You will not be disappointed. And, a bonus, you get two such mysteries for the price of one. You get something additional, as well, which we’ll get to in moment.

Alan Conway is a bestselling writer of English country mysteries. He has a mind for detail and a tremendous grasp of words and how to manipulate them. He has just sent his latest and it turns out last novel in his Atticus Pünd series to his publisher. It concerns two murders and a theft in the village of Saxby-on-Avon, set in the mid 1950s. A young woman comes to renowned private detective Pünd’s office in London to ask his help. At first he declines, but later decides to look into the matter. It will be his last case, as his doctor has just advised him of his impending demise from cancer. In other words, Alan Conway is killing off his and his publisher’s breadwinner. His editor, Susan Ryeland, reads the new mystery, Magpie Murders. We readers read it, as well, and like her find ourselves taken aback when we discover the final chapter missing, and, thus, the solution to an engrossing mystery. Still more, Susan also learns that Alan Conway, like Atticus, is dying of cancer.

Susan sets off to locate the final pages of the novel, when Alan decides to end his life by jumping from the third story of his little palace in the country. Wait, though, did he commit suicide, or was he murdered? Some people, including his sister, believe the latter. Not only does she find herself searching for the missing chapter, Susan is trying to work out if Alan, indeed, was murdered, and by whom. For readers, it adds up to two mysteries in one volume, both challenging to figure out (though, not to spoil anything for you, the modern day murder doesn’t measure up to the 1950s one.)

Now for that additional something Horowitz chucks your way. As Susan goes about figuring out if someone killed Alan Conway and who it might be, she analyzes his technique, and through him the technique of all mysteries. So, not only do you enjoy two mysteries in one volume, you also get an entertaining tutorial on the craft of writing these types of mysteries, a treat for readers of this genre and maybe a lesson for aspiring mystery franchise authors.
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  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
English Country Mystery, and More

Reading English country mysteries—well, pretty much any mystery—requires a huge suspension of disbelief. And no one explains why better than Anthony Horowitz through Detective Superintendent Richard Locke, who appears to be in the modern day part two mystery for no other reason than to utter these curmudgeonly words about murderers to Susan Ryeland, intrepid book editor and mystery chaser: “People don’t plan these things. They don’t sneak into their victims’ houses and throw them off the roof and then send out letters hoping they’re going to be misinterpreted, as you put it. They don’t put on wigs and dress up like they do in Agatha Christie.” Of course they don’t, but maybe they should to keep things interesting, instead of commonly grotesque.

If you’re of that mind, and you love nothing more than an engrossing who-done-it, intricate, twisty, and loaded with enough red herrings to keep you dizzy most of the way to the end, read Magpie Murders. You will not be disappointed. And, a bonus, you get two such mysteries for the price of one. You get something additional, as well, which we’ll get to in moment.

Alan Conway is a bestselling writer of English country mysteries. He has a mind for detail and a tremendous grasp of words and how to manipulate them. He has just sent his latest and it turns out last novel in his Atticus Pünd series to his publisher. It concerns two murders and a theft in the village of Saxby-on-Avon, set in the mid 1950s. A young woman comes to renowned private detective Pünd’s office in London to ask his help. At first he declines, but later decides to look into the matter. It will be his last case, as his doctor has just advised him of his impending demise from cancer. In other words, Alan Conway is killing off his and his publisher’s breadwinner. His editor, Susan Ryeland, reads the new mystery, Magpie Murders. We readers read it, as well, and like her find ourselves taken aback when we discover the final chapter missing, and, thus, the solution to an engrossing mystery. Still more, Susan also learns that Alan Conway, like Atticus, is dying of cancer.

Susan sets off to locate the final pages of the novel, when Alan decides to end his life by jumping from the third story of his little palace in the country. Wait, though, did he commit suicide, or was he murdered? Some people, including his sister, believe the latter. Not only does she find herself searching for the missing chapter, Susan is trying to work out if Alan, indeed, was murdered, and by whom. For readers, it adds up to two mysteries in one volume, both challenging to figure out (though, not to spoil anything for you, the modern day murder doesn’t measure up to the 1950s one.)

Now for that additional something Horowitz chucks your way. As Susan goes about figuring out if someone killed Alan Conway and who it might be, she analyzes his technique, and through him the technique of all mysteries. So, not only do you enjoy two mysteries in one volume, you also get an entertaining tutorial on the craft of writing these types of mysteries, a treat for readers of this genre and maybe a lesson for aspiring mystery franchise authors.
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  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
What a clever book this is! Really, MAGPIE MURDERS is two books, a book within a book. And both books are MAGPIE MURDERS.

The narrator of Anthony Horowitz's MAGPIE MURDERS, Susan Ryeland, describes her experience with the book within the book, MAGPIE MURDERS, written by the fictitious author Alan Conway. Ryeland is an editor for the publisher of Conway's books. MAGPIE MURDERS is the ninth in his series of who-done-its, and, although Ryeland dislikes Conway, she likes his who-done-its.

Now we read what Ryeland reads, the MAGPIE MURDERS written by Conway. It feels like reading an Agatha Christie novel. If you own the MAGPIE MURDERS written by Horowitz, I suggest you read it with a highlighter nearby so you can mark the first occurrence of characters' names. There are so many! I needed to do that so I could leaf back to remind myself who characters were. And, speaking of names, I will never be able to read a book again without wondering whether the names of its characters have some significance. You will understand what I mean later.

Before the murders are solved in the copy of MAGPIE MURDERS that Ryeland is editing, the story ends. It is missing chapters, and Ryeland is determined to find them. But she can't just ask Conway for them. Her firm's biggest money maker, Alan Conway, is dead. It looks like he jumped from a tower, committed suicide. But, during Ryeland's search for the missing chapters, which takes her to various areas in England, she decides that he didn't jump but was pushed.

So Ryeland not only needs to find the missing chapters so that the murders in Conway's MAGPIE MURDERS are solved; she also feels she needs to solve Conway's murder.

Every bit of this book, of both books, really, is clever. I'm so anxious to see what PBS does with it in 2022. ( )
  techeditor | Sep 21, 2021 |
Susan Ryeland, editor at a small firm, receives the latest manuscript from their star writer--who writes detective stories in the 'high cosy' manner, but she finds the last chapter (or two or three) is missing. At the same time she learns this writer has committed suicide. She starts on a quest to find the missing chapter(s) but instead, what emerges is far darker and more complex. We have Susan book-ending the novel and are given the manuscript itself up to the missing chapter(s) to read in between.

About 2/3 through I wearied. There is something more going on that will probably be more interesting to talk or write about after the fact--a commentary or meditation on the cosy mystery genre itself. Especially in the novel in the novel the characters and people are close to caricatures, everyone is awful. Horowitz highlights that the level of conflict and tensions in a small village are necessary to the plot, are a device, and part of the unreality. Another problem is the book is for 'insiders'. I don't mean just folks who read and love the mystery genre, I mean, references abounding to people I have no doubt are Horowitz's colleagues and friends. He's making a point--perhaps several--about how silly and frankly bizarre the genre is, especially the little village with a murder a minute, while at the same time acknowledging that people adore the puzzle aspect, need and crave a world where the problem gets sorted, and so, not so silly. As well the unfairness that the serious writer is generally poorly paid and unappreciated but respected and the genre writers unless they are hopeless can find a niche and make money, buckets of it, but don't get any respect.
So again, embedded within the greater story is this tangential stuff going on. Foyle's War is just about my favorite television mystery program ever, so I forgive. It is totally worth reading, especially if you are interested in thinking about the wider aspects of the genre. If not, you can just read for the story which is well put together. ***1/2 ( )
1 ääni sibylline | Sep 15, 2021 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 179) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
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.
lisäsi rretzler | muokkaaPublishers Weekly (starred review) (maksullinen sivusto) (Feb 6, 2017)
 

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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 best selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pund, 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 Pund 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.

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