Magpie Murders
From the New York Times bestselling author of Moriarty and Trigger Mortis, this fiendishly brilliant, riveting thriller weaves a classic whodunit worthy of Agatha Christie into a chilling, ingeniously original modern-day mystery.

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 bestselling crime writer for years, she’s intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, 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 Pünd 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.

Masterful, clever, and relentlessly suspenseful, Magpie Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the reader becomes the detective.

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  • Renita D'Silva
    Mar 3, 2017

    Renita D'Silva

    Amazing, clever, unique, original. Loved it so much and did not want it to end. Brilliant book by a brilliant writer. ...

  • Lisa
    Feb 26, 2017


    A mystery develops around the manuscript of a new book by a popular (fictional) British mystery author. The entire manuscript is included in the book, so there's a book within a book. Horowitz includes hundreds of references to British mysteries - authors, tropes, TV series, etc. - plu...

  • Brandon Forsyth
    Feb 25, 2017

    Brandon Forsyth

    An ingenious, twisty little homage to the sleepy English countryside murder. Horowitz not only crafts a nifty puzzle for the reader, but he's basically giving you two books here for the price of one. I liked one of them a lot more than the other, but I also think that was kind of the p...

  • Michelle
    Feb 25, 2017


    This is what a novel written by someone in the book industry, for people in the book industry, looks like. It was entertaining enough and I decided to give the author a proper go and finish it. But it wasn't particularly satisfying and in the end the self-referentialism and plots withi...

  • Cynthia
    Feb 24, 2017


    A very clever, fun novel. Once in a while, it's nice to read a book that actually ties up all its loose ends. Very satisfying. ...

  • Amy
    Feb 24, 2017


    I really enjoyed this very British mystery told in a very meta way and paying homage to Agatha Christie. There is the mysteries contained in the Magpie Murders written by an author who suddenly dies. This book is included in the book itself ---and is missing a chapter. When the editor ...

  • Linley
    Feb 22, 2017


    An original whoddunnit within a whodunnit within another story. Confused? You won't be, but allow time to read this fun novel from the master of murder. If I had dared to write this, I would have chopped out at least a quarter, but I'm no storyteller and I bow to their ability.Recommen...

  • Sanhita
    Feb 20, 2017


    What a book!! It was like a roller coaster ride. Read the beginning and it simply simply slipped out of mind when the Magpie Murder story opened up with a death and a funeral. In oh-so-Agatha-Christiesque way the story unfolds and more murder happens, you are totally immersed in the st...

  • Dave Ganter
    Feb 19, 2017

    Dave Ganter

    I must admit that I was quite disappointed with this book overall. I felt the book in a book was possibly too long for what it was worth. The outcome (possible spoiler here) of the main plot felt predictable with the many attempts to direct attention elsewhere. In general, the book was...

  • Joe Jones
    Feb 16, 2017

    Joe Jones

    Mystery fans are in for a treat! We get not only one mystery to solve, but two as we get a book within a book; each having its own story. I loved how the print copy has different fonts and page numbers for the two stories. Each mystery was very well done with good characters and plenty...