Magpie Murders is in many ways an homage to the classic whodunits. It contains two mysteries – the first being in the manuscript of a novel written by Alan Conway, starring his detective Atticus Pund. When Conway dies suddenly, his editor at Cloverleaf Books, Susan Ryeland, realises that the final chapters of the manuscript are missing, and believing that this is somehow linked to Conway’s death, she decides to play detective herself.
There are plenty of red herrings and twists and turns in both stories. The Atticus Pund story is very much a parody of an Agatha Christie novel, and it is very intelligently written by a very skilful author. This is the first novel I have read by Anthony Horowitz and I definitely want to read more.