A Murder of Magpies
It’s just another day at the office for book editor Samantha Clair. Checking jacket copy for howlers, wondering how to break it to her star novelist that her latest effort is utterly unpublishable, lunch scheduled with gossipy author Kit Lowell, whose new book will deliciously dish the dirt on... show more
It’s just another day at the office for book editor Samantha Clair. Checking jacket copy for howlers, wondering how to break it to her star novelist that her latest effort is utterly unpublishable, lunch scheduled with gossipy author Kit Lowell, whose new book will deliciously dish the dirt on the fashion industry. But little does she know how much trouble Kit’s book is about to cause. Before it even goes to print.
When police inspector Field turns up at the venerable offices of Timmins & Ross, asking questions about an undelivered package that was addressed to Sam, she knows something is wrong. The messenger sent to deliver the package was murdered, and then Kit goes missing.
Suddenly, Sam's nine-to-five life is turned upside down and she is propelled into a criminal investigation. Someone doesn't want Kit's scandalous manuscript published and unless Sam can put the pieces together in time, they'll do anything to stop it.
Publish date: 2015-02-24
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
I've already written a review of this, but there were details I couldn't remember from my first read (like how Clair and Jake hooked up), and I needed a re-read for my 2016 Summer Book Bingo square, so I spent today refreshing my memory. It's still an excellent read and a lot of fun. I mentioned ...
This is Judith Flanders' first mystery novel after a string of well-received non-fiction books including The Victorian House and The Victorian City. I have The Making of Home on my TBR pile but I haven't yet started it so I can't say first hand how enjoyable her non-fiction writing is yet, but her ...
I received this ARC from the publisher through Netgalley. An average cozy mystery, this book features an unusual protagonist—a book editor. Sam’s main concern at the beginning of the novel is the latest manuscript of her star writer. Then another of her writers, a fashion journalist with a penchan...
Don't let the title or cover fool you. This is not a lighthearted cozy romantic mystery. I just loved that the Sam wasn't totally agonizing about whether he loved her or not. She is a more professional and mature person which for me means less agony as a reader. Not that That is a bad thing, it just...
Since Samantha (Sam) Clair is a non-flashy middle-aged woman who works as a book editor and lives a quiet somewhat solitary life with just a few close friends, people tend to seriously underestimate her intellect, her powers of observation, her pointed sarcastic wit, and her won’t be brushed off or ...