I love mysteries. They are my go-to genre when I want to relax and escape so I am delighted to have found The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz. Enough murders to satisfy and plenty of clues and red herrings.
Best of all? The Magpie Murders includes two mysteries in one. There is the series detective Atticus Pund, who must solve his final case before an aggressive brain tumour kills him. The murders take place in the fictitious village of Saxby-on-Avon near Bath, England in the 1950's. Atticus Pund survived concentration camps to settle in England and become a private detective. He and his assistant, James Fraser solve difficult cases, much in the style of Sherlock Holmes.
Alan Conway, author of the Pund books, is a client of Susan Ryeland, as editor, and Cloverleaf Books, publisher, owned by Charles Clover. In this second mystery, Alan is thought to have committed suicide but it seems unlikely that he did. His latest novel was just delivered to Cloverleaf and he is a huge success financially. Susan is asked by Charles, her boss, to find the final chapters of Conway's novel which are inexplicably missing. In her quest for the end of the book, she is drawn into the role of amateur detective. The mysteries intertwine in clever ways and both keep you guessing until the end. In the fashion of old-time Agatha Christie, the puzzle is king and its solution doesn't depend on forensics or other technologies. The detectives' wits save the day.
This is the first novel by Anthony Horowitz that I have read. I will be putting holds on some of his others at my local library.
Other book recommendations from this summer include: non-fiction: White Trash: The 400 Year Untold History of Class in America, The Genius of Birds, No is Not Enough. Fiction: Do Not Say We Have Nothing, The Child, War Cry.
I am an avid reader and like to share some of my "finds" with others.