A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders

Editor Sam St. Clair isn’t prepared when a hot manuscript brings odd business to her doorstep. Nevertheless, she will turn detective to regain as much order as any editor can have. Will she save the day or make a muddle of it all?

Sam dryly points out oddities in everything including herself, publishing, and amateur detection. Her relationships with people are interesting, amusing, and/or endearing. She handles detection with bluffing, a handy set of contacts, and intelligence. A varied set of suspects with different motives keeps the solution from being obvious. A Murder of Magpies offers a fun British amateur detective, a cozy mystery, and an interesting setting.

Want more books like A Murder of Magpies?

A spinster uses her wit and stubbornness to help a young woman beset by threatening events in Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters. (Click here to read my blog entry on Crocodile on the Sandbank.)

A London antique show host is pulled into a mystery in Murder at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison.

Publisher Alex Plumtree’s life becomes a mystery when threatening events are tied to a missing manuscript in Unsolicited by Julie Kaewert.




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