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Moonflower Murders: by the global bestselling author of Magpie Murders Paperback – 18 August 2020

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ CENTURY - TRADE (18 August 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 608 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1529124352
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1529124354
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.5 x 4.5 x 23.5 cm
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I absolutely love this series of fiendishly clever literary mysteries[...] and I wolfed this new one down ― Good Housekeeping

MOONFLOWER MURDERS showcases Horowitz's full battalion of strengths: the whiplash plotting, the leather-smooth prose, the bold energy and, above all, the bright spark of joy that ignites the best fiction. Sophisticated, literate novels aren't supposed to be so much funA. J. Finn

It is amongst the most ambitious formats I've ever read, as, essentially, Horowitz writes not one but two fully-fledged, distinct stories. There is the 300-plus page present-day Susan Ryeland story mystery, and the 200-plus page Golden Age style Alan Conway murder mystery, and both of them are brilliantly executed as exemplars in their respective genres and fieldsNB Magazine

Funny, profound and at times frightening, this is Horowitz at his very best. And the perfect jumping-on point for newcomers. ― The Sun

A clever, engaging book that keeps you hooked until the end ― Socialist Worker

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Featuring his famous literary detective Atticus Pund and Susan Ryeland, hero of the worldwide bestseller Magpie Murders, a brilliantly complex literary thriller by Anthony Horowitz. The follow-up to Magpie Murders.

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4.0 out of 5 stars This is another hugely entertaining read from the pen of Anthony Horowitz.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 August 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is another hugely entertaining read from the pen of Anthony Horowitz.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 August 2020
Rating: 4.4/5

"There's something very satisfying about a complicated whodunnit that actually makes sense."

Anthony Horowitz is such a talented and versatile writer. He seems to be able to turn his writing hand to just about anything and make a suitably superb job of whatever the subject matter is: For young adult readers there are the Alex Rider books (and others); for the theatre he has written the excellent "Mindgame"; for adults he has also penned a variety of thrillers; he has produced work written sympathetically in the style of Arthur Conan Doyle and Ian Fleming in creating additional adventures for Sherlock Holmes and James Bond respectively; and then there is all of his television screenplay writing too. I suspect he could even rewrite the telephone directory and make it an entertaining read!

In "Moonflower Murders" we are reintroduced to Susan Ryeland, whom we first met a few years ago in the wonderful "Magpie Murders". The format here is again similar, in that there is a book contained within a book. I won't rehash the whole plot here, as the synopsis and other existing reviews have covered that ground already.

The two stories are both "whodunnits" and written in the classical style of the "golden age". At the start, and again at the end of "Moonflower Murders", Horowitz tells the story of the current mystery, being investigated by former editor, Susan Ryland. Sandwiched in between we have a separate, but related mystery penned by the fictitious Alan Conway and featuring the Poirot-like German sleuth Atticus Pünd.

Both mysteries stand up in their own right, but, as he did in "Magpie Murders", Anthony Horowitz cleverly interweaves the relevance of one with the other. However, the thing that impresses me most when Horowitz does this, is the fact that he manages to write in a markedly different, but nonetheless authentic and credible style as Alan Conway. In the same way that he successfully adapted his writing for the Sherlock Holmes and James Bond novels, Anthony Horowitz "becomes" Alan Conway for 224 pages. That takes some skill and it is something I am not sure that many other writers could pull off as adeptly.

This is another hugely entertaining read from the pen of Anthony Horowitz. I am only stopping short of awarding the full 5 stars because of the fact that he used essentially the same mechanic in Magpie Murders, so this time around it does not have the same level of originality ... but it is still a hellishly good book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wordplay murder mystery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Tour de Force by Anthony Horowitz
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