When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life. She's worked with the revered crime writer for years and his detective, Atticus Pund, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely. It's just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway...
But Conway's latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but hidden in the pages of the manuscript there lies another story: a tale written between the very words on the page, telling of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition and murder.
From Sunday Times bestseller Anthony Horowitz comes MAGPIE MURDERS, his deliciously dark take on the vintage crime novel, brought bang- up-to-date with a fiendish modern twist.
A relentlessly fast-paced and entertaining read - SUNDAY TIMES
Is there nothing Anthony Horowitz touches that doesn't turn to gold? - DAILY EXPRESS
'Thrilling and compelling, with a stunning twist . . . the finest crime novel of the year' - DAILY MAIL
...difficult to put down and Horowitz fans will thoroughly enjoy a cracking good read. - DAILY EXPRESS
A cunning re-invention of the thriller formula. - MAIL ON SUNDAY
Horowitz is a superb pasticheur. - GUARDIAN
Thrilling and compelling, with a stunning twist . . . the finest crime novel of the year - DAILY MAIL
Magpie Murders is a compendium of dark delights - IRISH TIMES
Although at first glance Horowitz's latest offering appears to be a classic whodunit novel, it will almost certainly prove to be unlike anything you've ever read before, and will have you mulling over its various intrigues in between sittings. - SCOTSMAN
Thrilling and compelling, with a stunning twist ... the finest crime novel of the year - DAILY MAIL
Anthony Horowitz was born in 1955 and sent to Orley Farm, a particularly vicious boy's preparatory school in North London, which gave him his first taste of horror. Afterwards he went to Rugby School and York University. He is probably known as a screen writer and his work includes Foyle's War, Murder in Mind, Midsomer Murders, Menace and Agatha Christie's Poirot.
"I've always liked horror," Anthony says. "I love those dark things that are always just out of sight . . . in the corner of your eye." But he is equally at ease with comedy, thrillers and even spy fantasies . . . his Alex Rider series has enjoyed worldwide success. All in all, he has written over twenty books for children.
For Orchard Books Anthony has written Horowitz Horror and More Horowitz Horror, two collection of scary short stories that will make your spine tingle! The stories are also available individually as Pocket Horowitz paperbacks.
Anthony lives in North London with his wife and two sons, Nicholas and Cassian.