Anthony Horowitz is a genius. The Magpie Murders is the second book of his I have read and it is the second time I have been utterly clueless as to what was going to happen. The plotting is ingenious. The writing is crisp and perfect.
A book editor receives a manuscript, The Magpie Murders, from her author. She reads the book, only to find that the final chapter(s) are missing. Then, the author supposedly commits suicide. Alan Conway is the author and Susan Ryeland is the editor. Susan comes to believe that Alan was murdered, despite his being diagnosed with a terminal cancer. She goes about finding the murderer and the motive.
I say this book is genius because you get two mysteries for the price of one. The manuscript is included, but it leads to clues to Alan’s murderer. The route Susan takes to find the murderer leads us to a large cast of characters, all of whom have motive to want Alan dead.
This book is why I love mysteries. There’s little blood and gore, but it was still suspenseful and kept me guessing until the end. I loved it and so will you.
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