MAGPIE MURDERS by Anthony Horowitz
Horowitz, perhaps best known for being the creator of two of the most popular TV series – Midsommer Murders and Foyle’s War– brings his talent to the page with this mystery, so reminiscent of Agatha Christie and her contemporaries. Cleverly written as a book within a book, Magpie Murders introduces us to the fictional detective, Atticus Pund, and his author, Alan Conway.
Conway’s editor, Sue Ryland, is in the process of editing his latest manuscript, and finds the usual aftermath from the violent death of one of the characters. But she senses an undertone that she cannot quite put her finger on. Could it be a case of life imitating art or vice versa?
We are treated to puzzles and delicious word-play, all the while being encouraged to tally up the clues to solve the mysteries that have been so cleverly depicted.
What a delightfully clever read this was!