MOONFLOWER MURDERS

MOONFLOWER MURDERS

Book - 2020 | First edition
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"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 policefind blood spatter on his clothes and bed linen. He is found guilty and spends eight years in prison. It appears an open and shut case, but there is more than meets the eye. Alan Conway, the late author of the fictional Magpie Murders, knew Frank Parris and once visited Farlingaye Hall. Conway based Atticus Pund Takes the Cake, the third book in his detective series, on the hotel. Cecily Treherne, the daughter of the hotel owner, read the book and believes the truth of Stefan's innocence is found in its pages. But now...she has disappeared. Conway's former editor Susan Ryeland leaves her own hotel in Crete and travels to Suffolk to investigate the murder and Treherne's disappearance"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, [2020]
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: pages ; cm
ISBN: 9780062955456
0062955454

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IndyPL_CarriG Oct 10, 2020

I love reading mysteries by Anthony Horowitz. Even when I figure out who the killer is, there's always a twist I wasn't expecting. Moonflower Murders, like it's predecessor Magpie Murders, is a mystery within a mystery with the delightfully ambivalent protagonist Susan Ryeland, who never seems to know what she wants to do with herself, but is an astute reader and editor which makes her a more clever detective than anyone ever thinks. Ryeland was the editor for a notoriously difficult yet prolific and successful author who died a couple of years previously. Despite his death, he is still managing to get her in trouble - when one of his novels leads to the disappearance of a young woman who runs a hotel. Ryeland is asked to investigate and does so with her usual aplomb. The detective from his novels is a carbon copy of Poirot, except German rather than Belgium, and it's a joy to read both the frame and the book inside it.

Though there's not much romance in the book, and honestly I'm usually not much for romance anyway, I have to admit there was a lovely scene between Ryeland and her partner that made me break out in a ridiculous grin. The resolution was complex yet the clues were all there throughout the book - I just would never likely read a mystery novel closely enough to have found any of them. To me, that's the best type of mystery. Clever enough that I don't figure it out but not so clever that I don't see how I could have.

DCLadults Oct 07, 2020

A New & Noteworthy staff pick 2020. Do you need some distraction from the pandemic? Just read Horowitz’s clever mystery-within-a-mystery. If you haven’t read him, you are in for some very clever fun!

JCLPiepieB Aug 17, 2020

Once again Anthony Horowitz (creator/writer of Midsomer Murders and Foyle's War) proves how infinitely clever he is as a writer. The more I read this book, the more I liked it. It was fun getting a glimpse into Atticus Pund's world -- one of the murderers was definitely a surprise! I also really liked Susan and Andreas, I thought they were believable and realistic. I would recommend reading Magpie Murders first, and would recommend these two if you appreciate the "story within a story" plot device.

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