Magpie Murders

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If I were to suggest that you read this whodunit because it’s written by Anthony Horowitz, you’d probably say, “Never heard of him.” But if I were to tell you that the author is also the creator and writer of British TV’s “Foyle’s War,” that might whet your appetite. For as we and a lot of friends agree, “Foyle’s War” is one of the best television series ever.

“Magpie Murders” is Horowitz’s first original murder mystery novel, and it’s terrific in every regard. The writing, plotting and a very clever twist set it apart from almost every other murder mystery you’ve read. And some of the little touches are so fascinating: why is there no “The” in the title? Of all the birds extant, why choose the magpie for the title?

Alternate recommendations I could have included would be books on politics, nuclear warfare or health care. “Magpie Murders” will be more fun.

Ben Rosen

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One Response to “Magpie Murders”

  1. I really enjoyed this one. Lots of great twists and the characters and nested structure are very clever.

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