by Anthony Horowitz
Magpie Murders is a classic nod to Victorian whodunnits, but Anthony Horowitz creates a creative whodunnit within a whodunnit.
When Alan’s book editor, Susan, receives his latest manuscript, in which his well known lead detective, Atticus Pünd, investigates a murder she has no reason to think it will be any different from the others. There will be dead bodies, a cast of intriguing suspects, and plenty of red herrings and clues. But the more Susan reads, the more she realizes that there’s another story hidden in the pages of the manuscript—one that will soon lead to murder.
As creative as this book tried to be, there were periods of tedious predictability. The characters were well developed and the book inside this mystery is very much like an Agatha Christie novel. However the story starts to drag and unlike a Christie novel, the reasons and explanations for this mystery are not quite as thought out. Overall it was a great throwback to mysteries of old. If you like Christie and don’t mind a bit of overcrowding with the characters as there are two stories essentially, the book you’re reading and the book inside the book the characters are reading, you will probably find this just fine for a rainy day TBR list.