Magpie Murder: A compelling anticipation

You take this book, browse the first page, and before you even dive into it, the novel framework will capture your imagination as it gives you the classicism from this twisty thriller. Paying homage to the unrivaled detective-niche writer Agatha Christie and the glorious days of detective novels Anthony Horowitz has marked his words well.

Synonymous to Christie’s and Dorothy’s work

Published in 2016, Anthony Horowitz’s shrewd thriller tables the classic whodunit.

The fanbase of detective stories and typically the works of Agatha Christie would concur with my words “Anthony Horowitz’s Magpie Murder is a synonym of Agatha’s work”. The scenes are staged in the indolent English territory of the 1950s village Saxon-Avon much similar to the parlors used by Agatha Christie.

Plotting the summary

The story binds together lethal accidents, grisly murders, mysterious suicides, rumors and enables the reader to enjoy the thoughts and perspectives of an armchair detective. It’s a murder story encompassing another murder story. Picking it up from where Alan Conway left his plot and webbing into it further intricacies of the investigation, the search for truth while unraveling mysteries simultaneously has been the reason for the fame of the book. 

The author encapsulates real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition, and murder in his story’s core ingredients to building up a rapport with the common reader.

Anthony Horowitz sets off with Susan Reyland, supervising fiction at Cloverleaf Books, an admirer of Alan Conway’s ingenious works. Alan inscribes in his stories an eccentric private eye named Atticus Pünd. Susan’s curiosity and voyeurism compel her to look deeper. Disapproving the ending Alan approved of Susan feels betrayed and unsaturated in the absence of a legit ending to the story.

She learns that Conway has committed suicide and the mystery swirls lower. Impatient Susan in search of the ultimate chapter, a legitimate goodbye to the story she discovers inconsistencies surrounding Conway’s death. Acquainting with the complexities of Conway’s life she gathers that Alan’s words might have been a parallel to reality in many ways. While this brings unconventional twists it also accounts for the level of risk Susan is into.

Imitating the snug old country incidents, solved by an outlandish detective and his unapproved methods Anthony and his work Magpie Murders rekindles the age-old detective fancy reader group.

Worth Noting

It might come off as a surprise but the novel format has a rustic English setting. However, it’s a befitting tribute to the classics of yesteryear.

Pegging mysteries within mysteries Newyork Times’ best-selling author Horowitz has toiled hard to intertwine two storylines. Pushing in clues & hints and compelling new age readers to jump to conclusions only to bring in another plot twist.

A meddling housekeeper found cold-blooded one day in the Pye Hall, the detective found topsy-turvy in his front yard, moments before declaring the convict demands for a keen eye. Tracking the incidents, deciding the truth and degree of honesty, and setting the credibility of the characters is the hard part for a reader.

Sinister and dark touch

Story recoils to Susan’s search after it re-establishes the annals of events. Susan’s quest meets his boss Charles and his dubious past and she unearths the final chapter on his table. It was at this point that Charles could foresee the events and decides to lay off Susan for good. Frenzied over the revelations and consequences Charles also tries to erase the final words of the manuscript from the face of the earth.

Ominous, dark, sinister are key to the thrill incorporated by the author. It won’t be an exaggeration if someone was to portray Horowitz as a one-stop solution to quench all thrills, enjoy mystery, and dive into the pool of old-classical perception of detective life and case files.

Even the dog in the story endures the ravish idea of its throat being sliced open, only to slake the author’s idea of dark humor and to create a baleful influence. The book’s denouement fades through the lives of two boys whose human tendencies fail and one of them embraces suicidal tendencies.

Horowitz makes room for Conway’s style and combines them with the modern-day styles to create an intriguing storyline. 

Story surmises the innate desires and trades the peculiarity of a detective and his quest for answers to the readers. It’s a treat for readers to witness Horowitz sagaciously provide ending to both the stories. 

Authors appreciation

Through Magpie Murders, the author parleys the renowned ideas of detective novels of the 1920s. The golden age of detective based stories has been beautifully re-lived in the works of Anthony Horowitz. What stands out is the teasing and testing of your patience, your conclusions and then finally showcasing the reality in a manner that makes you go mad. You feel like a dumbo because you weren’t able to see through even though every nook and corner was supplemented with hints and clues.

The author has peppered and garnished his plots with a lot of simultaneous and concurring events linked together in the easiest ways but explained in the most nebulous manner.

The magic that Horowitz has weaved is that of suspense and pushes the readers into the web of anticipation. Horowitz’s Magpie Murder is an excellent take on the good old English Crime fiction.

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