Sunday Times bestseller Anthony Horowitz brings us Magpie Murders, a deliciously dark take on the vintage crime novel. Using the signature ingenuity with which he brought Sherlock and Bond to new audiences, Horowitz brings the great British whodunit bang- up-to-date with a fiendish modern twist.
When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway’s latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life. She’s worked with the revered crime writer for years and his detective, Atticus Pünd, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely. It’s just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway. But Conway’s latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but hidden in the pages of the manuscript there lies another story: a tale written between the very words on the page, telling of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition and murder.
Horowitz’ novels The House of Silk, Moriarty and Trigger Mortis were Sunday Times Top 10 bestsellers and sold around the world; millions of children have grown up on his bestselling Alex Rider series. As a TV screenwriter he created both Midsomer Murders and the BAFTA-winning Foyle’s War. In January 2014 he was awarded an OBE for services to literature ~ he is something of a national treasure and we are beyond thrilled to be bringing him up to St Andrews.
As a special treat for such an occasion we invite readers to join us for a light lunch, talk and signing – all of which are included in the ticket price. Lunch will be served from 12:15 to 13:00, Anthony Horowitz will discuss the novel from 13:00 until 14:00 and take some questions from the audience.
**Last Booking by 5pm on Monday 10th of October – in order for us to make sure we have lunch enough for everyone**