Anthony Horowitz is a man of many parts. As well as writing scripts for TV series such as Poirot, Foyle’s War and the like, he’s also written novels for the estates of Ian Fleming and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, alongside the long running Alex Rider series for children and his own standalone novels. This one is a continuation of the Magpie Murders from a few years ago. It’s very much in the style of the Agatha Christie golden age of crime genre, and again contains a whole detective novel, featuring the Poirot like German investigator Atticus Pund, within the body of the main novel itself. Clues to the murder in the main story are cunningly concealed in this sub story in the forms of anagrams and literary hints, which makes for a very entertaining read. As usual, many people in the two plots have both the opportunity and motive to have murdered a fading Hollywood star and to be responsible for the mysterious disappearance of a missing woman, and there are plenty of red herrings and misdirections before the traditional denouement as the cast of suspects are gathered together at the climax of this gripping tale. If you’re looking for some holiday reading, I’d really recommend this very enjoyable crime novel – but make sure you read the preceding book first.
Length of Read:Long
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Old school classic British crime thrillers.
One thing you’ve learned
There’s something about that detective’s name that I can’t quite put my finger on – maybe I’ll work it out one day!