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Moonflower Murders: A Novel av Anthony…
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Moonflower Murders: A Novel (urspr publ 2020; utgåvan 2020)

av Anthony Horowitz (Författare)

Serier: Susan Ryeland (2)

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Titel:Moonflower Murders: A Novel
Författare:Anthony Horowitz (Författare)
Info:Harper (2020), Edition: 1st, 608 pages
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Two books in one! A very interesting concept. Susan Ryeland is a retired publisher/editor who is approached by the Treherns, parents of a missing woman, for help in finding out where their daughter Cecily is and what has happened to her. Why? Because before she disappeared, Cecily mentioned that she had read a book by an author Susan used to represent, and that book gave her the solution to a real-life murder at the hotel her family owns and operates.

This is book two in a series featuring this literary detective, Susan Ryeland. And like the first novel, the secret to this one lies in a book Susan edited which featured the master German detective, Atticus Pünd (think Hercule Poirot). So, of course, Susan must re-read the book in question, and the mystery of what has happened to Cecily is interrupted after 227 pages, to allow the reader to experience the Atticus Pünd novel in its entirety, before returning to Cecily’s disappearance and to the murder she felt she had solved using the Pünd book.

Sound confusing? Well, that’s because I am no where near the talented writer that Anthony Horowitz is. I was completely mesmerized by this book (these books?). I enjoyed the difference in style between the two storylines, and was equally immersed in each mystery (or really three mysteries … the one that Pünd is solving; the murder that Cecily believed she had solved by reading the Pünd novel; the disappearance of Cecily).

I like Susan as a character, and I like Atticus Pünd. Both are meticulous and thorough and deliberate in analyzing the evidence they uncover. And I love the way that Horowitz plays wit words

I haven’t read the first in the series - Magpie Murders - yet, but I definitely will, and I look forward to future installments as well. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 22, 2021 |
After Magpie Murders, I was hopeful for more of the same here. I thought that first book (in this series) was awfully clever. This one, meh, not so much.

The story goes that, once again, former literary editor Susan Ryeland is once again called upon to help solve a mystery that her erstwhile (and now deceased) author client Alan Conway wrote about in a supposedly thin veiled fictitious novel called Atticus Pund Takes the Case. And because he was either smarter than anybody else investigating that mystery (or perhaps for other reasons) he solved it while doing research for his book and wrote clues to that solution in his novel. But he told nobody else, even though an innocent man was in prison for the crime. Thus, a decade later, it's up to Susan to sift through the novel, and the clues, and figure it out.

Is it odd that I liked the book-within-the-book so much better? Atticus Pund Takes the Case was a more enjoyable story. Sure, it was simple, less complicated, but that's what made it fun. Pund arrives to solve a murder. While there, things happen, which he observes first hand, another murder takes place, suspects throw red herrings left and right, and in the end he prevails. The culprit is caught. Just about what you'd want from a detective story.

In the outer, wrapper story, Susan Ryeland arrives to solve a mystery. Not much happens. She talks to a lot of people. Thinks about it a lot. And then, just when you think she's going to give up, she comes up with the solution. The mystery is solved through the gentle art of conversation. Kind of boring. Kind of like another mystery novel I read recently. Why can't detectives (or people playing detective) do anything in these stories.

Anyway, my advice is to skip this one. ( )
  invisiblelizard | Feb 15, 2021 |
I love those traditional cozy mysteries that culminate with all the suspects in a room and the detective going over all the clues -- Professor Plum in the Library with the candlestick! I never figure these mysteries out, but I love the cleverness and the clues and for me, it's always a fun mental exercise. Well this book, has two of those mysteries! It's a mystery that involves a mystery book that's included. Twice the fun! ( )
  jmoncton | Feb 13, 2021 |
This book starts off very well then slows. Goes into a second novel which in its self was slow.
  xono | Feb 4, 2021 |
This book isn't quite as much fun as its predecessor, but it's still delightful. When a woman disappears after reading an Atticus Punt mystery by the deceased Alan Conway, the book's editor, Susan Ryeland, is brought in to find the connection between Alan's book and a real-life mystery. She does some of her investigation, then reads the book, and the finishes her investigation, so we are treated to a book-within-a-book. This is a great way for Horowitz to have his cake and eat it too - he got to write a very traditional post-war murder mystery, fill it full of clever anagrams and wordplay that most readers would never notice, and then let Susan explain just how clever that mystery is while solving yet another mystery. ( )
  Gwendydd | Jan 23, 2021 |
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