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Author: Anthony Horowitz Narrator: Allan Corduner, Samantha Bond Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Magpie Murders Release Date: June 2017 ISBN: 9780062676894
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"Magpie Murders is a double puzzle for puzzle fans, who don’t often get the classicism they want from contemporary thrillers." --Janet Maslin, The New York Times

A New York Times Bestseller | #1 Indie Next Pick | NPR Best Book of 2017 | Amazon Best Book of 2017 | Washington Post Best Book of 2017 | Esquire Best Book of 2017

From the New York Times bestselling author of Moriarty and Trigger Mortis, this fiendishly brilliant, riveting thriller weaves a classic whodunit worthy of Agatha Christie into a chilling, ingeniously original modern-day mystery.

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway’s latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the bestselling crime writer for years, she’s intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan’s traditional formula has proved hugely successful. So successful that Susan must continue to put up with his troubling behavior if she wants to keep her job.

Conway’s latest tale has Atticus Pünd investigating a murder at Pye Hall, a local manor house. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but the more Susan reads, the more she’s convinced that there is another story hidden in the pages of the manuscript: one of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition, and murder.

Masterful, clever, and relentlessly suspenseful, Magpie Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the listener becomes the detective.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Doubly devilish.”


  • “The thinking mystery fan’s ideal summer thriller.”


  • “Samantha Bond begins enticingly with her husky vibrato and fully realized performance as a contemporary book editor who’s been given a murder-mystery manuscript. Soon, we’re in the midst of that book, set in 1955 and performed by Allan Corduner with a delightful bow toward the storytellers of old…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • "Magpie Murders is a double puzzle for puzzle fans, who don’t often get the classicism they want from contemporary thrillers.”

    New York Times

  • “An ingenious whodunit within a whodunit, a metamystery with Agatha Christie roots.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • "[A] fun-house mirror of a novel sets a vintage ‘cozy’ mystery inside a modern frame.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A brilliant pastiche of the English village mystery and a hugely enjoyable tale of avarice and skullduggery in the world of publishing.”

    Irish Times

  • “A treat for fans of golden-age mysteries…[A] tour de force…Horowitz throws in several wicked twists…Highly satisfying.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Narrator Samantha Bond captures all of editor Susan Ryeland’s curiosity and annoyance as she chases after clues—on and off the page…Reading the manuscript itself, narrator Allan Corduner subtly uses intonation and tone to evoke the German Pünd and a motley group of English villagers in Horowitz’s homage to classic British detective fiction.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • “A stylish, multilayered thriller, playful, ingenious, and wonderfully entertaining.”

    Sunday Mirror (London)

  • A June 2017 LibraryReads Pick
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • New York Times bestseller
  • Audio bestseller
  • A 2018 Audie Award Finalist for Best Mystery Narration
  • A Washington Post Best Book of 2017
  • An Esquire Magazine Best Book of the Year
  • An NPR Best Book of 2017
  • An Amazon Best Book of 2017
  • Selected for the Indie Next List
  • Finalist for the Library Journal Best Audiobook Listen List
  • Finalist for the 2018 Anthony Award for Best Novel
  • A 2017 LibraryReads Favorites of the Favorites selection
  • A BookRiot Pick of 7 Terrific Audiobooks with Theatrical Narrators
  • Winner of the Macavity Award

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About the Author

Anthony Horowitz is the author of acclaimed mysteries and the bestselling teen spy series, Alex Rider. He has written two highly acclaimed Sherlock Holmes novels, The House of Silk and Moriarty; a James Bond novel, Trigger Mortis; and Magpie Murders, which was a New York Times and London Sunday Times bestseller. He is also responsible for creating and writing some of the United Kingdom’s most loved and successful television series, including Midsomer Murders and Foyle’s War.

About the Narrators

Allan Corduner, Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a voice, film, and theater actor who has worked in London’s West End and on Broadway. He starred as Sir Arthur Sullivan in Mike Leigh’s Topsy Turvy. Other films include Moonlight Mile, The Green Zone, and Yentl. He has also appeared in several BBC Radio 4 plays, including The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Insignificance. His narration includes The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Garth Nix’s Keys to the Kingdom series.

Samantha Bond, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is an actress best known for her role as Miss Moneypenny in several James Bond films, including Die Another Day, The World Is Not Enough, Tomorrow Never Dies, and GoldenEye. Her many television credits include Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Inspector Morse, Midsomer Murders, Rumpole of the Bailey, and Downton Abbey. She is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and has appeared in multiple performances on Broadway and London’s West End. She starred opposite Dame Judi Dench in David Hare’s award-winning play Amy’s View at the Royal National Theatre.