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Magpie Murders (2016)

par Anthony Horowitz

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Séries: Susan Ryeland (1)

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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 best selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pund, 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 Pund 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.… (plus d'informations)
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    A Very British Murder par Lucy Worsley (charlie68)
    charlie68: An excellent non fiction study of mysteries and the history.
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    The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle par Stuart Turton (souloftherose)
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What a clever book this is! Really, MAGPIE MURDERS is two books, a book within a book. And both books are MAGPIE MURDERS.

The narrator of Anthony Horowitz's MAGPIE MURDERS, Susan Ryeland, describes her experience with the book within the book, MAGPIE MURDERS, written by the fictitious author Alan Conway. Ryeland is an editor for the publisher of Conway's books. MAGPIE MURDERS is the ninth in his series of who-done-its, and, although Ryeland dislikes Conway, she likes his who-done-its.

Now we read what Ryeland reads, the MAGPIE MURDERS written by Conway. It feels like reading an Agatha Christie novel. If you own the MAGPIE MURDERS written by Horowitz, I suggest you read it with a highlighter nearby so you can mark the first occurrence of characters' names. There are so many! I needed to do that so I could leaf back to remind myself who characters were. And, speaking of names, I will never be able to read a book again without wondering whether the names of its characters have some significance. You will understand what I mean later.

Before the murders are solved in the copy of MAGPIE MURDERS that Ryeland is editing, the story ends. It is missing chapters, and Ryeland is determined to find them. But she can't just ask Conway for them. Her firm's biggest money maker, Alan Conway, is dead. It looks like he jumped from a tower, committed suicide. But, during Ryeland's search for the missing chapters, which takes her to various areas in England, she decides that he didn't jump but was pushed.

So Ryeland not only needs to find the missing chapters so that the murders in Conway's MAGPIE MURDERS are solved; she also feels she needs to solve Conway's murder.

Every bit of this book, of both books, really, is clever. I'm so anxious to see what PBS does with it in 2022. ( )
  techeditor | Sep 21, 2021 |
Susan Ryeland, editor at a small firm, receives the latest manuscript from their star writer--who writes detective stories in the 'high cosy' manner, but she finds the last chapter (or two or three) is missing. At the same time she learns this writer has committed suicide. She starts on a quest to find the missing chapter(s) but instead, what emerges is far darker and more complex. We have Susan book-ending the novel and are given the manuscript itself up to the missing chapter(s) to read in between.

About 2/3 through I wearied. There is something more going on that will probably be more interesting to talk or write about after the fact--a commentary or meditation on the cosy mystery genre itself. Especially in the novel in the novel the characters and people are close to caricatures, everyone is awful. Horowitz highlights that the level of conflict and tensions in a small village are necessary to the plot, are a device, and part of the unreality. Another problem is the book is for 'insiders'. I don't mean just folks who read and love the mystery genre, I mean, references abounding to people I have no doubt are Horowitz's colleagues and friends. He's making a point--perhaps several--about how silly and frankly bizarre the genre is, especially the little village with a murder a minute, while at the same time acknowledging that people adore the puzzle aspect, need and crave a world where the problem gets sorted, and so, not so silly. As well the unfairness that the serious writer is generally poorly paid and unappreciated but respected and the genre writers unless they are hopeless can find a niche and make money, buckets of it, but don't get any respect.
So again, embedded within the greater story is this tangential stuff going on. Foyle's War is just about my favorite television mystery program ever, so I forgive. It is totally worth reading, especially if you are interested in thinking about the wider aspects of the genre. If not, you can just read for the story which is well put together. ***1/2 ( )
1 voter sibylline | Sep 15, 2021 |
dnf @ pg 70 this just didn't do it for me. the "agatha christie" bit were lacking the fundamental understanding of human nature and just... weren't it for me. and since they comprise most of the book it's just ehh no thanks
  cthuwu | Jul 28, 2021 |
Wow, was this a perfect book for me. As is my usual custom, and with extra emphasis here because of the style of this book, I will not discuss plot points or delve into details about how the book is organized. I will say that it has a LOT of Agatha Christie in it and she was always one of my favorites when I was growing up. It also has a good bit of the modern day and the world of publishing, which is something I love to read about now. I was hooked from the start and I read the last part in one long stretch because, cliché alert, I could not put it down. The author showed an incredibly deft touch at pacing as it could easily have bogged down given the way it moves around and the fact that it is 458 pages long. I was not surprised to see in the "About the Author" that he has written extensively for television especially on "Midsommer Murders" and "Foyle's War." He clearly understands how to construct a story and how to move it along while seeming to be taking his time. I will definitely be looking to read more by him. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
A very intelligently written novel within a novel, one intertwined with the other. ( )
  geoff79 | Jul 11, 2021 |
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A preternaturally brainy novel within a novel that’s both a pastiche and a deconstruction of golden-age whodunits.
 
Bestseller Horowitz (The House of Silk) provides a treat for fans of golden age mysteries with this tour de force that both honors and pokes fun at the genre.
ajouté par rretzler | modifierPublishers Weekly (starred review) (payer le site) (Feb 6, 2017)
 

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Bond, SamanthaNarrateurauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé
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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 best selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pund, 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 Pund 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.

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