The author Anthony Horowitz has written over 100 books, being best known for his bestselling teen spy series Alex Rider. Magpie Murders is a stand-alone novel, published in 2016, which we’ve both read recently and this is what we thought about it.
Liz – Anthony Horowitz has written a tour de force, sharp and funny being a whodunit within a whodunit and oh so clever! A book editor narrates her experience whilst reading the final draft of a book written by her publishing house’s best-selling author. Magpie Murders is a homage to the mystery writers of mid 20th century Britain. The protagonist, Atticus Pund, is a detective in the manner of Hercule Poirot, although German not Belgian. He undertakes the investigation of two deaths in the peaceful West County village of Saxby on Avon. Of course nothing is as it seems. The draft comes to a sudden end with the solution left hanging. The editor is then drawn into a voyage of discovery to track down the missing chapters. Full of word play and anagrams, with the editor’s story shadowing the book draft this novel is nothing short of delicious.
Mike – Although I enjoyed reading this book I found that I faltered about half-way through, and it took considerably longer to read than I expected. It’s certainly clever and well-written but I think perhaps a novel within a novel makes it just a touch too complicated for my taste. Despite my reservations I would certainly recommend it as a worthwhile, and of it’s kind somewhat different, read.
Please note that there probably won’t be any Sofa reading posts for the next few months as it’s taking a summer break.
Happy reading, and have a good weekend!