Book Review: Magpie Murders

Book Review: Magpie Murders

It’s book review time!

I read Magpie Murders in October, seemed fitting for the season. A murder mystery in October, c’mon! Please read on for my book review…

“Magpie Murders is catnip for classic mystery lovers… With its elegant yet playful plotting, Magpie Murders is the thinking mystery fan’s ideal ideal summer thriller.”


First off, I want everyone to know that I never absolutely nothing about this book when I picked it up at Barnes & Noble a few weeks back. They were having their sale, when you buy 2 best sellers, you can get one free—so, I just choose 3 books from a variety of genres with cool-ish covers & was on my way. Magpie Murders just happened to be in that group.

Magpie Murders, written by Anthony Horowitz is a New York Times Best Seller. Published in 2016 by Harper Perennial, received two nominations: Anthony Award for Best Novel and Audie Award for Mystery.

“An extravagant circus of a novel, part high-wire act, part funhouse mirror. Intricate, bold, stone-cold clever– both comfortably old-fashioned and thrillingly new.”

— A.J. Finn, Author of Woman in the Window

Horowitz, is a best selling mystery and suspense English novelist and screenwriter. Horowitz has authored several mystery series, a variety of stand alone novels, written episodes for many TV shows, and even a few films. Needless to say, he’s pretty well-seasoned in the mystery world. Could he be a modern day Agatha Christie? I can’t say one way or another, but I will say…

When I read the back cover, I was intrigued & very excited! I couldn’t wait to dive into this novel. I usually don’t read much mystery, despite the fact that I’m obsessed with crime shows, so I was really looking forward to it. After reading Magpie Murders, I actually want to add more mysteries into my rotation because it was such fun!

“Fans who still mourn the passing of Agatha Christie… will welcome this wildly inventive homage… as the most fiendishly clever puzzle– make that two puzzles– of the year.”

–Kirkus Revews (Starred Review)

The layout of this novel is different. It is a book within a book! I’m not sure if I have ever read anything quite like this before. I will say, this was the first time, in a long time, that I was so involved in a novel. I threw down the book several times, became quite frustrated, retraced story lines, literally gasped, etc. It was SO enjoyable! This is what readers look for, or at least what I look for– I want to be totally encapsulated by the story. Magpie Murders delivered just that.

I am not one to give away too many details, or discuss the plot that much, because I personally really like to be surprised. Sometimes I don’t even read the back cover of books before I start them. I think too, this is important when you are reading a mystery. That is the whole point!

“An ingenious novel-within-a novel… part crime novel, part pastiche, this magnificent piece of crime fiction plays with the genre while also taking it seriously.”

— Sunday Times (London)

With all that being said the story begins with an editor, Susan Ryeland who has just received “bestselling crime writer”, Alan Conway’s latest novel. You get to read that manuscript alongside Susan. Then, comes the other story, another mystery in and of itself. I won’t say much more, but I will say is that if you are looking for a delightfully delicious page turner, that will have you reading late into the night, then this is it!

Have you read Magpie Murders? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Be sure to let me know in the comments below.

Cheers & stay chic!