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review 2017-07-09 20:34
Magpie Murder
Magpie Murders - Anthony Horowitz

Honestly, this novel is a mess of a book.


Editor Samantha Ryeland reads a book by her most famous client, mystery writer Alan Convay. The first part of this novel consists of the mystery novel, which Alan Convay has written. But the last part of this fictitious mystery novel is missing and at this point we get thrown into Samanthas narrative, who is trying to find the missing chapters and who has to deal with a whole lot of other problems along the way.


Basically this book is two stories in one and let me be upfront, I didn´t enjoy both stories. Alan Convays novel is incredibly boring and when I finally got invested in the narrative of this story, the novel abruptly ends, because the final chapters are missing.

And then I had to endure Samantha´s narrative, an unsympathetic character who turns into an amateur sleuth for no reason at all. Samantha just rubbed me the wrong way with her pathetic whining about her relationsship and she is really full of herself. Towards the end of the novel she comes to the conclusion that only an editor could have solved the mystery that has been laid out in the present narrative. At that point I felt the need to punch her in the face.


Both stories get incredibly bogged down by incessant info-dumping. Whether it being the looks of a person, the interior of a house, the never-ending references to Agatha Christie, the author felt the need to provide the reader with too much information. This book could have been shorter and it could have needed a better editor.


I listened to the audiobook of Magpie Murders and both narrators, Samantha Bond and Allan Corduner, did a good job with the narration. They were the reason I didn´t DNF the book, but I´m still glad that I got it from my local library via Overdrive.







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text 2017-07-09 12:26
Reading progress update: I've listened 809 out of 947 minutes.
Magpie Murders - Anthony Horowitz

I listened to a solid 4 hours of this audiobook while cleaning my flat and I had to pause my activies as soon as I stumbled upon a scene, where the main character is eating with a guy, who shreds his food into small pieces with his fingers.


Well, that sounded familiar to me. It took me a solid 5 minutes until i remembered that one of Agatha Christie´s characters did that. Yes, number 4 is back. Dun, Dun, Duuuuunnnnn.


One of my main problems with this book is that Horowitz constantly references Agatha Christie. And I´m not even sure to which extent he does it, because so far I have only read about 10 of Christie´s work. But it´s already enough that I can recognize it for what it is and I´m massivly annoyed by it.

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text 2017-07-03 21:20
Reading progress update: I've listened 226 out of 947 minutes.
Magpie Murders - Anthony Horowitz

The plot thickens, sort of. It´s still incredibly boring, though.



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text 2017-06-30 16:31
Reading progress update: I've listened 141 out of 947 minutes.
Magpie Murders - Anthony Horowitz

In the novel within the novel Horowitz channels his inner Anthony Trollope (minus the sarcastic wit) in his descriptions of the village and the locals. Added to this there is a death, deemed as an accident, and a whole bunch of shady villagers. Pretty boring so far.

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url 2017-05-30 19:08
Library Reads June 2017: The top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love.
Magpie Murders: A Novel - Anthony Horowitz
Silver Silence - Nalini Singh
The Waking Land - Callie Bates
Down Among the Sticks and Bones - Seanan McGuire
Do Not Become Alarmed - Maile Meloy
The Alice Network - Kate Quinn
The Child - Fiona Barton
The Little French Bistro - Nina George
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel - Matthew J. Sullivan
Source: libraryreads.org/june-2017-libraryreads
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