Susan Ryeland receives the latest whodunit from her top mystery writer without the last chapter or the author. The current mystery in Part 2 is a better read than Alan Conway’s in Part 1, which is riddled with red herrings and 1955 reading Victorian. Save your sleuthing for the fuller characters, and it’s fun and solvable.
A mystery in a mystery---a perfect plot forces an editor to solve the mystery of a cantankerous mystery author when she is asked to read his latest and last book. The problem lies in the missing last chapter and leads to her becoming more involved in British mysteries than she ever expected.
For those who love mysteries—and I very much belong in this category— Magpie Murders is a double treat. It is a mystery within a mystery, a classic whodunit within a whodunit. You can read my full take on it at: https://bookswehaveread.com/2017/09/02/magpie-murders/
I gave this book five stars for a lot of reasons such as originality (it was certainly that), plot (there were a plethora of those), and the tenacity to put plots within plots within plots. However, it was for me an exhausting book to read. I have read many of the classic whodoneit authors and I am comfortable with the body in the library to begin with and the sleuth outlining the solution to the mystery (if there ever was one). Some are very clever (PD James), some are witty (DL Sayers) and some are simplistic (A Christie). In this book Horowitz plays all the games to the point that it was on the verge of becoming a bit tiresome. But I persisted and his writing skills prevailed. My only advice is if you are a slow reader such as I, plan plenty of time for this book. It ends, and ends and ends.
A mystery within a mystery. The interior novel is a fairly standard British, Christie-like whodunnit. The bookend story involves Susan Ryeland, editor of the unfinished whodunnit manuscript, and becomes a "real-life" mystery when the author dies. Overlong for what it is, but entertaining. A book person's book, but ultimately forgettable.
A really fun clever read. I liked the story within a story approach and all the wordplay.
On the same weekend that book editor Susan Ryeland reads the next in Alan Conway‘s mystery series, the author dies of an apparent suicide, but is it? As the editor turns investigator, the author’s life is revealed and some ugly truths turn up.
Very inventive whodunit in a whodunit! Lots of clues to track. Liked it, even if seemed a bit contrived and I’d figured endings both out. Agatha Christie fans would like more. Not my favorite mysteries.
OMG. I loved this so much. I could not put it down. I absolutely loved the story within the story. And there were so many suspects, red herrings, and twists! If you are a fan of Agatha Christie mysteries (especially her Poirot books), you should read this. Definitely one of my favourite reads of 2017.
Really enjoyable, well written, but waaaay too long. I had a terrible time remembering who was who and even thought about doing a chart! But clever (especially enjoyable for puzzle and allusion lovers) and a good read.
This clever mystery-within-a-mystery, a classic Agatha Christie-style whodunit, is one of the most enjoyable murder mysteries I've come across.
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