A Murder of Magpies

A Murder of Magpies

Book - 2015
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Book editor Samantha Clair finds her nine-to-five life turned upside down when gossipy author Kit Lowell goes missing, which propels her into a criminal investigation where she discovers that someone will stop at nothing, not even murder, to see that Kit's scandalous new manuscript does not get published.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books/A Thomas Dunne Book, 2015
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250056450
Branch Call Number: Mystery Flanders
Characteristics: 277 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Writers' block


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DPLjennyp Apr 06, 2018

An enjoyable, quick read. Good characters and good mystery. I read it on a plane and it was perfect.

An ok beach read but not memorable.

ontherideau Jul 07, 2017

Readers of Janet Evanovich might enjoy this

Jul 05, 2017

I’ll be looking for more books in this series about a London editor who gets caught up in solving a murder mystery. Although at times, the story seems a little ludicrous, it’s the characters that will keep me wanting more, that and the behind the scenes look at the world of publishing.

Nov 12, 2016

The first book in the Sam Clair series

Nov 07, 2016

Fantastic !!! It was cute, witty, and sometime instead of a chuckle, I laughed out loud. Just the ticket to get my mind off of the depressing Presidential Election.

karcoldelharvic5 Sep 10, 2015

the front of this book says 'deadly funny' and 'whip smart and devious. I found it bland and found nothing funny anywhere in the book.

Jul 21, 2015

This is Ms. Flanders first novel. I have read and enjoyed her non-fiction and her novel is just as good, very smart and funny.

Jun 02, 2015

A really fun mystery, good characters, a story which focuses more on the impact of a sensational novel than on murder (refreshing!). Recommended.

MedinaReads Mar 02, 2015

Samantha (Sam) Clair is a not young London book editor. This means she’s canny enough to have stayed afloat in that competitive field and smart enough to understand that if one of her favorite authors doesn’t show up for lunch, it means trouble. So when a police officer starts asking about a package the author sent, Sam takes matters into her own hands, inserting herself into the investigation. She also manages to convince both her terrifying efficient mother and the investigating officer that her concerns are justified, all the while making clever observations to the reader like “The woman behind the counter tried to steer me toward neutral tones, but once I took off my sunglasses she agreed 1960s hippie green was the way to go … she said cheerfully, ‘Well, honey, you look like you’re really bad at makeup, but you don’t look … beat up anymore.’” Of course, the power trio solves the mystery, but I found that less important than the author’s snicker-inducing writing.

If you’re looking for an amusing, clever cozy mystery, get your request in now for A Murder of Magpies.
Recommended by K.L., Outreach Librarian, MCDL


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