Book Review: The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway’s latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life. She’s worked with the revered crime writer for years and his detective, Atticus Pund, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely. It’s just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway…

But Conway’s latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but hidden in the pages of the manuscript there lies another story: a tale written between the very words on the page, telling of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition and murder.

From Sunday Times bestseller Anthony Horowitz comes Magpie Murders, his deliciously dark take on the vintage crime novel, brought bang- up-to-date with a fiendish modern twist.

Anthony Horowitz is one of my go – to authors; actually, one of my auto – buy authors; especially when it comes to mystery & psychological thrillers, so I immediately picked up this book when it came out, but sadly it kept on as a part of my ever growing TBR.  

So, with my challenge to read through my TBR; it was just the perfect time to read this beauty! 

This book had an interesting plot; but since it was an Anthony Horowitz’ book – it was definitely expected; yet this book somehow never grabbed my attention like other Horowitz’s books!  

This book is told in two parts – first is the manuscript by the author Alan Conway; read by his editor, Susan Ryeland. But it is only after the manuscript is read, that the story of Susan begins – which can sort of baffle the reader if they read it in parts like I did.  

 But my main issue with the book was that it wasn’t gripping a book as it could have been, considering that it is an Anthony Horowitz’s book– not only that, the plot of this book also dragged at times, so much so that I was actually relieved when I reached the end of the book! 

There were parts that I actually enjoyed, of course I did, there was no way I couldn’t enjoy some parts of this book by a favorite author; and yet it hurts, physically hurts to give this book the rating I did. 

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 

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