The German private detective Atticus Pünd has been invited to Saxby-on-Avon, a stereotypical 1950s English village, to investigate the death of the housekeeper at the local manor house. But when the lord of the manor also meets a violent end, Agatha Christie-like motives for his murder pop up all over the place. Yet that’s not the whole story – metaphorically or literally.
The Atticus Pünd books are published by Cloverleaf Books, and their editor is Susan Ryeland. She has all the manuscript of this final Pünd story, Magpie Murders, except, mysteriously, the final few chapters. Her quest to visit Pünd author Alan Conway to retrieve them will take Susan down some increasingly murky byways.
Anthony Horowitz’s whodunnit within a whodunnit is witty, fast-paced and entertaining – a real treat as the evenings draw in – and there’s double the sleuthing fun for everyone!