A Murder of Magpies – Judith Flanders

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5/5 Gossip Hungry Journalists

On The Back:

It’s just another day at the office for London book editor Samantha “Sam” Clair. Checking jacket copy for howlers, wondering how to break it to her star novelist that her latest effort is utterly unpublishable, lunch scheduled with gossipy author Kit Lowell, whose new book will dish the juicy dirt on a recent fashion industry scandal. Little does she know the trouble Kit’s book will cause-before it even goes to print. When police Inspector Field turns up at the venerable offices of Timmins & Ross, asking questions about a package addressed to Sam, she knows something is wrong. Now Sam’s nine-to-five life is turned upside down as she finds herself propelled into a criminal investigation. Someone doesn’t want Kit’s manuscript published and unless Sam can put the pieces together in time, they’ll do anything to stop it.

My Thoughts:

A Murder of Magpies was a very well-written and gripping start to a series that I know I’ll keep up with.

I really liked Sam, she was smart and bold, but unlike many MCs I’ve read she didn’t think that she knew everything and she was not perfect. Her sarcastic sense of humor and her hilarious comebacks had me laughing out loud throughout numerous portions of the book. I also loved Jake and Sam’s mother, both were also funny in their own way, and I absolutely loved the way Sam’s mom knew everything about everybody without being nosy. She simply had connections and knew how to use them.

The mystery was stellar. I did not see the ending coming and I was shocked by how the author steered you the completely wrong direction, but at the same tile left clues throughout the story. Same investigates without being overly brash about it and yet she put it together in a completely logical way.

Overall a very good book that I really enjoyed. I’ll read the next book when it comes out. A Murder of Magpies gets 5/5 stars.

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