Magpie Murders - Anthony Horowitz

Susan Ryeland is an editor, faced with the task to edit the manuscript of Alan Conway’s latest novel.

Split between modern day narrative and the narrative from a 1950s English village, Horowitz’s novel explores the mystery of the murder at Pye Hall, at the same time as a real life mystery that Susan Ryeland must solve.

Magpie Murders is full of twists, especially when you least expect them. It kept me hooked right up to the last page.

It isn’t the usual sort of book for me to read. But after hearing good reviews for it, and it turning up at Oxfam, I couldn’t help but get it and give it a go. I’ve never really been interested in mystery novels. I’m not sure why, but they’ve just never managed to keep me hooked. But Magpie Murders changed that for me. All of a sudden, I can’t get enough of books like it, and I’m desperate to find something else that is as exciting as this was.

In some of the mystery novels I’ve read in the past, they’ve been so predictable that I just found them infuriating to read and cope with the author dragging on the plot just to make a novel out of it. However, Horowitz leaves the reader in a haze all the way through, to the point where almost all of the twists were completely unexpected and shocking.


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