A Murder of Magpies takes us behind the scenes into the world of publishing. Samantha Clair has been in the business all her life. Her favorite writer is missing, and things are about to fall apart.
A Murder of Magpies starts off very very slow. This is another book that I just could not get myself to read last year. But as I said before, I try to give a book every chance possible. I persistently kept picking it up and reading 5-10% every time. And then finally, I got involved in the story and finished reading it.
Sam Clair is now single and lives alone. Kit Lowell is her friend and also an author at her publishing company. He fails to turn up at a meeting. After that, a young messenger is found dead, bringing the police to her door. It seems the messenger was on his way to deliver something to Sam. Sam starts calling up mutual acquaintances and friends to see if anyone has heard about Kit. She starts suspecting someone is following her. When her place is turned upside down, it is evident that someone is on her trail and she is in danger.
Sam’s mother is a hot shot lawyer. After some research, mother and daughter realize that Kit was working on exposing a big conglomerate. There is a long chain of people who could be involved who might have harmed Kit. The police are seriously investigating. Inspector Field believes Sam knows something that has put her in harm’s way.
Meanwhile, one of Sam’s veteran writers has turned in a surprise piece. She takes a detour to Ireland to meet her. Inspector Field and Sam put their heads together, and a lot of things result from it.
The book is set in London and has a different pace. It is definitely a lot different from the stuff I normally read. maybe that is why it took me a while to get into the groove, so to speak. The mystery when revealed at the end was not that great, but the journey to solving it was.
I would say I enjoyed the middle part of the book more than the starting or the end. A Murder of Magpies is a different read from a new author. Language is rich, and that is a nice change from what is prevalent nowadays.