Magpie Murders

Anthony Horowitz ( is an English novelist and screenwriter specialising in mystery and suspense. His output is large across a range of genres. The summary of his latest, Magpie Murders, is as follows:

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway’s latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life. She’s worked with the revered crime writer for years, and his detective, Atticus Pund, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely. It’s just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway….

But Conway’s latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but hidden in the pages of the manuscript there lies another story: a tale written between the very words on the page, telling of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition and murder. It couldn’t happen in Lanark, but you may be entertained by it and find it more credible than current events in international politics! (

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464 pages in Orion

First published 2016

ISBN  978-1409158363


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