Moonflower Murders

Moonflower Murders

A Novel

Book - 2020
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From New York Times-bestselling author Anthony Horowitz comes a new novel featuring ex-editor hero Susan Ryeland, set to solve another murder mystery

Farlingaye Hall is a beautiful hotel in Suffolk on the east coast of England. Unfortunately, it is also the site of the brutal murder of Frank Parris, a retired advertising executive. Stefan Codrescu, a Romanian maintenance man, is arrested after police discover blood spatter on his clothes and bed linen. He is found guilty and sentenced to eight years in prison. It appears to be an open-and-shut case, but there is more to it than meets the eye.

Alan Conway, the late author of the fictional Magpie Murders, knew Frank Parris and once visited Farlingaye Hall. Also, the third book in Conway's detective series, Atticus Pund Takes the Cake, was based on the hotel. Cecily Treherne, the daughter of Farlingaye Hall's owner, has read the book and believes the proof of Stefan's innocence can be found in its pages.

But now . . . Cecily Treherne has disappeared. So Conway's former editor, Susan Ryeland, leaves her own hotel in Crete and travels to Suffolk to investigate the murder and Treherne's disappearance.

Masterfully intriguing, brilliantly clever and relentlessly suspenseful, Moonflower Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the reader becomes the detective.

Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ♭2020.
ISBN: 9781443459907
Characteristics: 357 pages ;,24 cm.


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DPLjennyp Feb 24, 2021

Not just one, but two fantastic mysteries!

Feb 13, 2021

The author is too clever for me. It's a novel about a murder that also has a novel about a murder nestled in between the pages at the half way mark. This second novel/novella is complete with cover image, Dedication, copyright info, reviewers' recommendation, list of characters, and, then, the murder mystery. The analysis by the "detective" of that content is to suggest a parallel - a clue - to the ongoing investigation. I, however, skipped that inserted novel as I was already having difficulty remembering the characters and their associations in the story that had started on page 1. The author inserts emails, Face time, letters, telephone conversations which may appeal to readers wanting a less traditional approach to a murder mystery, but it all comes down at the end to the very traditional way that murder mysteries get solved - the detective gathers the suspects in a room and, then, step by step finally reveals the murderer and the motives.

Feb 12, 2021

Laurie recommendation - book 2 of series

Feb 03, 2021

My copy, from McKinley Park Library, was missing pages 71-102, which I sadly only found out AFTER reading up to page 70. Really disappointed that someone else had this book before me and didn't tell anyone to remove it from circulation.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jan 28, 2021

A worthy sequel to Magpie Murders, featuring another mystery nested within a mystery.

Jan 27, 2021

rec from hillary

Jan 20, 2021

A short story in a novel in a novel. Creates a bit of confusion but worth it. You can work it out if you care to try.

Jan 16, 2021

I enjoy Horowitz stories--books & tv. They are dense, carefully plotted, and artfully crafted. I agree with "mynovel" Moonflower Murders & Atticus Pund Takes the Case felt too long and my reading speed was sluggish.

Jan 11, 2021

Love Horowitz. In this book the reader gets two murder mysteries in one. Really good read.

Jan 03, 2021

2020; Haper/HarperCollins

I loved Magpie Murders, but when I heard there was going to be a sequel, it was a bittersweet moment. I wanted more stories of Atticus Pund, but I was not sure how Susan Ryeland would play into it. The novel within the novel, does not come till later, but as I read it I found myself uneasy. Was Horowitz's Pund a satire or a homage to the Golden Age of Mystery? I also wasn't that crazy about the story in the present day with Susan. I just wasn't into the mystery about what happened to Cecily, and forgot about the story when I was reading the novel with Pund. I like the novel within a novel, but both felt too long. I really felt every page this time. I would definitely read another Ryeland novel.

***I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the publisher through Edelweiss. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.***

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Feb 03, 2021

Other: McKinley Park copy of book is missing pages 71-102.

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