Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
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 bestselling crime writer for years, she’s intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, 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 Pünd 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.
I spent this past weekend immersed in Magpie Murders -- a brilliant homage to Agatha Christie and old school murder mysteries. Editor Susan Ryeland gets sucked in to a real life "who done it" while she is proofing the latest manuscript submitted by her publishing house's most popular mystery author. I am a sucker for a book within a book plot and this one was flawlessly executed. I had so much fun playing the role of detective and kudos to the author for throwing in so many red herrings that I was completely fooled as to who the killer was in both stories. If you are looking for a sharp, clever, entertaining read add this one to your list immediately. I absolutely LOVED it. 5 stars all around.