I found this to be highly irritating. From funky numbering of pages to stories within stories, it felt pretentious and overindulgent. I like other series by this Author but this one was a dud.
#12booksof2021 #August @Andrew65
A lot of easy reading in August as it was a lovely week in Northumberland so I am going purely on that memory of reading with fish and chips, beer, views, the North Sea and of course already excellent whodunnit with opportunity for a good litsy photo. We must be a strange breed of people who can probably be spotted in the wild trying to artisticly pose books for photos with family looking on askance.
Having a wonderful time on the Cape Peninsula after a lot of anxiety earlier in the week. My friend took me of a tour along the coast of the peninsula this morning/early afternoon. It's so gorgeous here! And right now I have nothing to do except read my fantastic, completely engrossing book. I'm so lucky!
Made this this morning but forgot to post. #BookReport - Finished 6 books this week. At the point where I‘m reading a bunch of quick books for the most part.
#CurrentlyReading - about 100 pages into Orquidea Divina, about 50% into Twelve dates and only about 10% into The Last Graduate
Since I have a bunch currently going, I only have one other book on my #WeeklyForecast
Bear with me, I have a bunch of reviews. I‘m glad I gave this one a second chance. I‘ve been in the mood for cozy English Murder mysteries and this one popped up. I knew at the time I bailed it was totally me and I wasn‘t in the mood. This time I was.
I almost thought they weren‘t going to tell us the end of the mystery in the book but thankfully they did. I‘m curious to see how the other books in this series are based on the ending of this one
When I picked my reading for this week I found this unread & a perfect start as the author takes the classic murder mystery and mirrors it with a modern investigation as an editor has to solve both a missing last chapter of the whodunnit as well as the apparent suicide of the famously unlikeable writer. Anthony Horowitz brilliantly nods and winks at classic bks with joyous skill.
#AwesomeAugust with a wk off work I aim to finish 4 bks this wk.
Clever mystery within a mystery, featuring an editor who searches for the missing pages of a manuscript, and referring to classic mysteries throughout. A fun read, and I'll look forward to checking out the sequel.
The mystery within a mystery was well done, and I enjoyed the classic Britishness of the 'internal" mystery. I didn't really bond with the female protagonist of the "outer mystery", who behaved in a somewhat classic nosy-yet-ditsy way. (Yes I will confront the murderer with no backup and just trust them to do the right thing.) Overall, though, I found this to be enjoyable. 3.5-4?
🎧 This was a fun audiobook. It‘s a mystery within a mystery with twists & turns.
I‘d compare it to an old English whodunnit. There‘s fan service to those old mysteries & their writers too!
It felt similar to the game/movie Clue. A cast of characters. No 1 person stood out to me. Ensemble cast. I liked & didn‘t like them.
If you‘re a hardcore mystery detective it might not be for you but I was just along for the ride & loved it.
1️⃣ My older daughter's nickname is "Bug". When I was pregnant with her younger sister, she declared that the baby's nickname be "Bee" b/c bugs & bees go together. Thus, I'm always mom2bugnbee. ☺
2️⃣ "My spot" on the living room couch, preferably with the window open.
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Just reading along... enjoying the whodunit... trying to figure it out...
AND THEN I HIT THE HALFWAY POINT AND OH MY WORD WHAT A TWIST!
No spoilers for those who haven't read it. But if you know, you know. One of the most creative twists I've ever read. Kudos, Mr. Horowitz.
After reading some great reviews I was disappointed in this. The copious name dropping of famous authors was off putting. I question the reasoning (or lack there of) behind the murders but hesitate to discuss not only for the fact it‘s a spoiler but my attention span was challenged during the read. Text supplemented audio version as change in narration was not clear when listening.
I‘m really enjoying this one so far! I‘ve had it on my shelf for so long, and I‘m glad it‘s my #bookspin this month.
I just started this, and already the story-within-a-story is a little confusing. Has anyone read this? Does it get better/easier?
I was surprised by this book. The story within a story setup was very well done. Although I typically prefer my mysteries to be a bit darker, this was a fun, easy read that kept me entertained.
I finished this one last night. This was a nice mystery packed within a mystery. It's original and entertaining. Definitely a fun read. I'm excited to read the new sequel Moonflower Murders. I have it on hold, I hope it becomes available soon while it's all fresh in my mind still.
I loved Moriarty, so I think that‘s how this ended up on my tbr a few years ago. A unique story because it has a whole mystery novel in the novel, so there‘s 2 mysteries going on. A good story, with some meta references to other mystery authors & writing. Don‘t think I‘m interested enough in the MC to read the sequel that is coming out next month. I also got another bingo for #bookspinbingo. #scarathlon @Clwojick #teamslaughter 16 pts
The first part of this book is an Agatha Christie murder mystery and right when it gets to the murder reveal it switches back to the frame narrative of an editor reading the manuscript. Puzzled by the unfinished ending she is soon using clues from the story to figure out who killed her author!
I just started this one last night.
1. The county I work in is going to continue with virtual learning until Christmas break then re-evaluate.
2. Litsy—a social media I can go to that doesn‘t make me angry & stressed
Good morning ☕️ This morning I finished reading Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz. This is a fun read in the classic whodunnit genre but with the added element of a whodunnit book within the book. Super fun and clever, I loved the characters and the twists and turns. I was surprised by both endings 🤭 📚#morningswithabook #morningsspentreading #whodunnits #magpiemurders #bookstagram
Rather clever little book within a book. It‘s a cozy mystery, à la Agatha Christie, set inside of another mystery about the suicide of the author of said mystery. The last bit of the book has gone missing and the book itself seems to be a clue as to where the missing pages are and why they‘re gone.
I really enjoyed this one. It definitely harks back to the golden age of murder mysteries. It‘s very entertaining and I tho get it was clever, a murder mystery within a murder mystery. I listened to it via Audible and thought the narrators were wonderful, they kept my attention throughout. I‘m very interested in reading the second book in the series.
And my #doublespin is complete! This was just meh, unfortunately. The story within a story was a little too jarring and I couldn‘t quite hang in there with the editor‘s storyline. It just didn‘t keep my attention the way a whodunit should. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Also a #litsyaward winner for #summerfun
I thought this was just delightful. I was a bit concerned at the length when it arrived and I was equally concerned that it might be a bit too self-involved, but in practice I enjoyed it thoroughly and devoured it quickly. The interplay of fiction and reality (book-reality and real-reality) was well done and interesting without being too contrived.
A whodunnit inside of a whodunnit in theory sounds superb but it fell flat for me. It wasn‘t bad but it also wasn‘t that great to me. It ended up being okay. I didn‘t really like Susan. I thought she was nosy and had this self importance thing going on because she was this *AAHHHMAZING* editor and meh...cool your tits, lady. Overall, it‘s a good concept but it was just too much. By the end, I just didn‘t care who had actually done it.