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Magpie Murders summary ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF É 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 E 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 Susan reads the she’s convinced that there is another story hidden in the pages of the manuscript one of real life jealousy greed ruthless ambition and murde. What is it about Anthony Horowitz’s writing that sets me to thinking about books and my love of them    Of course if I am thinking about books it is typically the physical representation of such that consumes my thoughts  I mean it’s something I look for and take comfort in when I am visiting someone else’s home  I have books in practically every room of my house  I love to leave them lying about because come on they are beautiful and evocative of past explorations or they lay basking in the glow of impassioned anticipation  I mean I even have kept a copy of White Oleander on my shelves   It is in absolutely horrific shape whoever had it before it came into my hands was not kind or mindful  Still Fitch’s prose is so beautiful so unforgettable that I still go back and sneak a peek every now again and usually when I do I find myself thinking that I really need to buy a better copy of this work  Still I hold on to my well thumbed dog eared decrepit and mysteriously stained and abused book that I first read Books add warmth and depth and I take comfort in their company and the ever changing displays of them that litter my home  But even I have to acknowledge all the benefits of today’s E readers  I am often compelled to have a book right away even when I know I may not get to it for a while  I love knowing that it is right there easily available when I am ready  Digital makes that so easy and fast and compact  I have hundreds of books on a device that takes up less room than one hard copy And I can read it anywhere at any time of day or night regardless of lighting and it travels like a true champion Oh my goodness I do love books in all shapes styles and configurations  I have a soft trade copy of Magpie Murders with a black and red cover and ruffled pages  It lay itself wide open for my reading pleasure throughout I love that   In this story Horowitz pays homage to Agatha Christie and his work is brilliant  It is the kind of story that you know right from the get go that you can settle into and get comfortable  All will be revealed in due course  It is actually two mysteries one nested into another and even though I was annoyed and impatient when I got pulled away from Atticus Pund I soon found myself lost in another story and eually reluctant to let go     And Horowitz delivers on both counts and had me than once turning back the pages and scratching my head  I loved it  Up nextMoriarty

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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 bestselling crime writer for years she’s intimately familiar with his detective Atticus Pünd who solves mysteries dist. “As far as I'm concerned you can't beat a good whodunnit the twists turns the clues and the red herrings and then finally the satisfaction of having everything explained to you in a way that makes you kick yourself because you hadn't seen it from the start”― Anthony Horowitz Magpie Murders I'm no fan of whodunits I've never read anything by Agatha Christie P D James Dorothy L Sayers or Ellery ueen; not even Conan Doyle Nor have I ever seen a film based on a whodunit Detective stories and murder mysteries are simply not my taste However I decided to listen to the audio book of Magpie Murders since the book is about much than a murder mystery this is a novel focusing on what it means for an author to be a writer of murder mysteries More exactly Magpie Murders explores a number of relationships and connections for mystery writers to note just three between author and audience between author and the author's prime creation the detective between author and the author's overarching literary vision and self identity as a writerExpanding to wider horizons from murder mystery to philosophic and literary uestions surrounding murder mysteries and their authors Anthony Horowitz has propelled himself out into the postmodern metafictional universe of such as John Barth Donald Barthelme and Robert Coover Thus my interest A word about Anthony Horowitz In interviews this vivacious and charming British author comes across as someone who would make a most enjoyable dinner companion exactly the type of person a university would love to visit campus to give a talk to students on what it means to immerse oneself in literature and dedicate years to writing He is also clear about his love for whodunits and writers such as Agatha Christie Conan Doyle Ian Fleming and Ellery ueen And as Mr Horowitz states directly – both as a person and a writer he's exactly the opposite of complete bastard Alan Conway portrayed in Magpie MurdersTurning to Alan Conway we have a man who aspired to write literary fiction to join the ranks of leading contemporary British authors such as Salman Rushdie Martin Amis David Mitchell and Will Self But alas his serious efforts where tossed back in his face with rejection slips Knowing Alan to be an exceptionally talented writer his wife at the time suggested he write a popular detective novel Alan did just that Money and fame gushed in enough money Alan could finally uit his dreaded teaching job and enough fame the publishing industry and the public clad for whodunits featuring Alan’s phenomenal Inspector Atticus Pünd a detective right up there with the immortals a detective to be mentioned in the same breath with Sherlock HolmesBut money and fame came with a price Alan Conway had to abandon his dreams of becoming a serious literary writer another Salman Rushdie or Martin Amis And the whodunits he wrote the his readers and publisher demanded even Atticus Pünd Alan responds Very well if all you people want your silly whodunits featuring Inspector Atticus Pünd you will have them All nine volumes I’ll have my revenge at the end when I reveal to the world the buried code an anagram constructed from the titles of those nine volumes I wrote for you the hidden message your dear Atticus Pünd hero of heroes mastermind of masterminds is nothing than a piffling poopstick my term; Alan Conway's term is offensive At this point we can ask Why does Alan Conway judge Atticus Pünd a dunce Pünd is an exceptional detective and wants to continue his detective work right up to the time of his death What’s wrong with that First let us turn to the following uote from the nineteenth century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer “The wise man will above all strive after freedom from pain and annoyance uiet and leisure conseuently a tranuil modest life with as few encounters as may be; and so after a little experience of his so called fellowmen he will elect to live in retirement or even if he is a man of great intellect in solitude For the a man has in himself the less he will want from other people the less indeed other people can be to him” Perhaps it is Alan Conway’s observation that Atticus Pünd a man aware of his impending death in a matter of weeks is incapable of solitude and deep contemplation and thus clings to his need to play his role as detective to crack the case And maybe Conway is extending such a immature clinging to an entire population incapable of moving on from their superficial reading of whodunits Another eually valid reason harkens back to Alan Conway’s childhood As we learn from his sister who grew up with him her brother was a victim of child abuse – abused both physically and emotionally as a youngster much of the abuse coming in the form of repeated canings at a boarding school Beating children was both socially acceptable and legal at the time such punishment in England was not outlawed until 1999 To compound the problem Alan’s abuse was at the hands of the headmaster who also happened to be his father Now that’s an explosive combination that can’t be discounted or downplayed Having had such an abusive childhood and then being compelled to write about a detective rounding up clues in uaint English villages it isn’t hard to imagine Alan Conway seething with rage at his writing desk as he pumped out whodunits all the while his heart and creative spirit craving to write Will Self like biting cynicism and caustic social commentary We can picture the author fuming “No not this prison I’m trapped by readers and the publishing industry – I can only write these trite detective mysteries This is disgusting”uestions worthy of consideration as we read The Magpie Murders What does it mean for an author’s identity to be inextricably entwined with whodunits and their detective How bound is an author of murder mysteries by the public – their publisher the media their readers How does their success impact their vision and personal integrity as literary artist and creator Thank you Anthony Horowitz for stepping out to the metafictional land of Robert Coover and John Barth to ask such uestions Short lively video of author Anthony Horowitz talking about Magpie Murders

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Magpie MurdersUrbing sleepy English villages An homage to ueens 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 jobConway’s latest tal. It's one thing reading about detectives uite another trying to be one What a great read Now I understand why so many people like this A sort of out of the box Agatha Christie whodunnit but then different style Especially the two separate stories running next to each other make it a really good read Number of pages of this book pretty confusing because of this I hesitated about this one to start but yes definitely good crime read And this writer has produced a lot of different work I see so lots to explore further It's a 42 ish rating for me some parts tended to be slightly slightly boring at times otherwise great read Recommended great start of the year 'cracking' read The story Editor Susan Ryland has worked with bestselling crime writer Alan Conway for years Readers love his detective Atticus Pund a celebrated solver of crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s But Conway's latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not uite what it seems Yes there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects but hidden in the pages of the manuscript lies another story a tale written between the very words on the page telling of real life jealousy greed ruthless ambition and murder