MAGPIE MURDERS is a tribute to the whodunnit novels of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. This is actually a novel within a novel. The story begins with an editor, Susan Ryeland, reading the manuscript of Magpie Murders which is a 1950s whodunnit. Magpie Murders is the last installment in a widely successful series following private detective Atticus Pünd. Ryeland soon discovers that there are hidden messages within the pages of this novel, and soon enough she is in a murder mystery of her own. 🕵🏻
I had a lot of fun reading this novel. I don't want to reveal too many plot points as this genre is a lot more fun to read when you don't know too much about the plot beforehand. Like many readers, I have always enjoyed Agatha Christie's books, and this is a nice homage to her work and her mustachioed Belgian detective (are you guys excited for the upcoming Murder on the Orient Express film adaptation?). Whether or not the mysteries are easy to solve will depend on the reader - I found that one mystery in particular was fairly easy to guess (not counting motive). Overall, this is a good book to take with you on vacation/holiday - grab your sunnies, a margarita, and maybe a 🔎.