Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
Reviewed by KPL Patron Donna S.
Rating: 2 Stars
This novel contains a mystery within a mystery. An editor of a publishing house receives a manuscript from a famous mystery writer. The last two chapters, which contain the solution, are missing and the author is discovered dead, an apparent suicide . The editor must solve the fictional mystery to uncover the author's real fate .
Horowitz's novel was filled with potential, which it failed to achieve. The solutions to both mysteries were far more complex and drawn out than need be. Quite frankly, by the end, I didn't care"who done it" in either story line. Add to this Horowitz's constant references to British TV mysteries, for which he writes screen adaptations, and the sardonic manner in which he treats the very genre in which he is writing, and Magpie Murders becomes a great disappointment .
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