>>Welcome back to Mystery Monday! I am saying that more to myself, than to you, my dear reader! I have been out of pocket as of late, and I apologize for my absence!
Who is ready for a little Mystery? Or, better yet! A Mystery within a Mystery?
Sound intriguing? I thought this was the perfect jumping-off point for Mystery Monday, as this novel pays homage to some of the greatest, classic, crime and mystery authors of all-time! Which was exactly my idea behind Mystery Monday; delving into those classics, and spotlighting present-day authors who are keeping in the exceptional stylistic graces of the Greats.
Magpie Murders is the perfect foray into the Autumn Season! A cozy whodunit, wrapped brilliantly into a manuscript, of yes, a whodunit. I have never read something quite like this extraordinary novel! Susan, an editor at Cloverleaf Books, settles herself into a long weekend of reading the latest manuscript in the Atticus Pünd series, by Cloverleaf Books' greatest author, Alan Conway. The whole first half of this novel, IS the manuscript that Susan is editing! I cannot even tell you how giddy the entire concept of this novel makes me! We are taken back in time to the early 50s, in a quaint village in England where a series of murders have occurred, turning a town against one another. The further into the manuscript Susan goes, the more glaringly obvious it is to her, that something is highly amiss - outside of the pages. Susan then finds herself smack-dab in the middle of a real-life mystery, chock-full of well-crafted characters, full of malice, greed, and cryptic dealings. The way the ending of the manuscript, and the ending of the novel collide, is genius.
This was my first Anthony Horowitz, and that fact eludes me, as after researching his other works, I know I will be filling the 'H' section of my personal library very quickly! You will also see Mr. Horowitz again when we discuss Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!
I am placing Magpie Murders in my Top Ten of 2017. Yes, in August. It is truly that good, that twisting and turning, the well-written, and that original. So, if cozy whodunits are your thing, especially ones that take place in sleepy, picturesque, English villages, AND present day London, look no further than Magpie Murders!
Quincy Carpenter is doing fine, thankyouverymuch, Everything is not always as it seems...
Ten years ago, Quincy and her dearest college friends loaded up for a weekend getaway at Pine Cottage, a picturesque cabin the woods. Where everyone died. Except Quincy. She became a Final Girl. The only survivor.
Quincy now lives in New York City with her well-to-do boyfriend, and is a full-time Blogger. Cupcake, anyone? She is doing her best to move on, to not be a media-darling, and to not let what happened to her define her future. She has plans, she has goals.
That is, until the news of the death of a fellow "Final Girl", simultaneously turns Quincy's world upside down, and takes her straight back into the depths of her nightmare. ...Is that a knocking at the front door? ....
I gave this I gave Final Girls ★★★★☆ on Goodreads. Alternating between snippets of that night in the cabin (to the best of Quincy's failed recollection), and present day, continually building and putting the gruesome puzzle together piece by piece, made for an engrossing and quick read! So many Red Herrings, which one will you be chasing?
>>And, the best part: No one is prefacing this novel as "for fans of Gone Girl!" Finally!
Happy Trails -- Oh, No! Not That Trail! Turn Back! RUN!