Moonflower Murders

Moonflower Murders

A Novel

Book - 2020
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"Farlingaye Hall is a beautiful hotel in Suffolk on the east coast of England. Unfortunately, it is also the site of the brutal murder of Frank Parris, a retired advertising executive. Stefan Codrescu, a Romanian maintenance man, is arrested after police find blood spatter on his clothes and bed linen. He is found guilty and spends eight years in prison. It appears an open and shut case, but there is more than meets the eye. Alan Conway, the late author of the fictional Magpie Murders, knew Frank Parris and once visited Farlingaye Hall. Conway based Atticus Pund Takes the Cake, the third book in his detective series, on the hotel. Cecily Treherne, the daughter of the hotel owner, read the book and believes the truth of Stefan's innocence is found in its pages. But now...she has disappeared. Conway's former editor Susan Ryeland leaves her own hotel in Crete and travels to Suffolk to investigate the murder and Treherne's disappearance"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2020]
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780062955456
0062955454
Branch Call Number: [MYST] FIC/HOROWITZ
Characteristics: 227, 357 pages ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: Moon flower murders

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midori_hon
Nov 30, 2020

this was a good book to read when confined to bed with a minor bug for it goes on, and on, and on. how horowitz was able to interlock mutiple mysteries is amazing.
have you seen the social media posts featuring the artist who does a mashup of two different jigsaw puzzles? that is what moonflower murders is like. this book is not for you if you don't have the patience to see how all the pieces fit together.

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vsv38
Nov 28, 2020

A remarkable book (clearly penned by a GENIUS) that's not going to appeal to everyone, hence, the mixed reviews. It's indeed ridiculously overplotted, but I mean that in a .... good way. The book is jampacked with ACTION. Please be advised that homosexuality is a key theme, and the PC brigade may disapprove of the descriptions of gay men. This book reminded me much of the Silence of the White City, which also came out in 2020. The plots are totally different, but what the 2 books have in common is: complexity. Not your typical straightforward dull mysteries. Both books demand your full undivided attention. So if you decide to read The Moonflower Murders, read it away from any distractions! And of course, I also highly recommend the Silence of the White City by Eva Garcia Sáenz. I am now eagerly awaiting Horowitz's next work.

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maipenrai
Nov 22, 2020

Excellent second book in the Atticus Pund and Susan Ryeland series. A mystery book within a mystery book. Recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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brangwinn
Nov 10, 2020

“Over the top” and “mindboggling” are two excellent description of this latest Horowitz mystery. It was almost too much for me, I struggled through to the end, but made it but I’m not sure I’m ready for another convoluted tale.

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LYNN LOUISE HOERLE
Nov 07, 2020

2nd book in series. 1st was Magpie Murders. Susan Ryeland. For TV - he did Foyle's War and Midsomer Murders

IndyPL_CarriG Oct 10, 2020

I love reading mysteries by Anthony Horowitz. Even when I figure out who the killer is, there's always a twist I wasn't expecting. Moonflower Murders, like it's predecessor Magpie Murders, is a mystery within a mystery with the delightfully ambivalent protagonist Susan Ryeland, who never seems to know what she wants to do with herself, but is an astute reader and editor which makes her a more clever detective than anyone ever thinks. Ryeland was the editor for a notoriously difficult yet prolific and successful author who died a couple of years previously. Despite his death, he is still managing to get her in trouble - when one of his novels leads to the disappearance of a young woman who runs a hotel. Ryeland is asked to investigate and does so with her usual aplomb. The detective from his novels is a carbon copy of Poirot, except German rather than Belgium, and it's a joy to read both the frame and the book inside it.

Though there's not much romance in the book, and honestly I'm usually not much for romance anyway, I have to admit there was a lovely scene between Ryeland and her partner that made me break out in a ridiculous grin. The resolution was complex yet the clues were all there throughout the book - I just would never likely read a mystery novel closely enough to have found any of them. To me, that's the best type of mystery. Clever enough that I don't figure it out but not so clever that I don't see how I could have.

DCLadults Oct 07, 2020

A New & Noteworthy staff pick 2020. Do you need some distraction from the pandemic? Just read Horowitz’s clever mystery-within-a-mystery. If you haven’t read him, you are in for some very clever fun!

JCLPiepieB Aug 17, 2020

Once again Anthony Horowitz (creator/writer of Midsomer Murders and Foyle's War) proves how infinitely clever he is as a writer. The more I read this book, the more I liked it. It was fun getting a glimpse into Atticus Pund's world -- one of the murderers was definitely a surprise! I also really liked Susan and Andreas, I thought they were believable and realistic. I would recommend reading Magpie Murders first, and would recommend these two if you appreciate the "story within a story" plot device.

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