A Murder of Magpies: A Novel (Sam Clair #1) (Paperback)
I am always looking for a new mystery "hook". Bookseller and librarian protagonists are favorites, looking for insider tics. This author takes it up a notch, detailing the daily woes of a middle aged editor for a small book publisher.
"I like the pacing, the puzzle, and the protagonist. The ending is quite satisfying. Most of all, I like the voice. Sam is, as previously noted, smart. She is also caring and funny. She can be snarky, but usually only inside her own thoughts. I'd love to spend more time with her. Fingers crossed we all will have the chance." -- Debbie Meldrum of FRESH MEAT featured in CRIMINALELEMENT.COM.
Yes... there are more in the series.— marla
A whip-smart, impeccably crafted debut mystery, A Murder of Magpies takes readers on a whirlwind tour of London and Paris with an unforgettably original new heroine
It's just another day at the office for London book editor Samantha "Sam" Clair. Checking jacket copy for howlers, wondering how to break it to her star novelist that her latest effort is utterly unpublishable, lunch scheduled with gossipy author Kit Lowell, whose new book will dish the juicy dirt on a recent fashion industry scandal. Little does she know the trouble Kit's book will cause-before it even goes to print. When police Inspector Field turns up at the venerable offices of Timmins & Ross, asking questions about a package addressed to Sam, she knows something is wrong. Now Sam's nine-to-five life is turned upside down as she finds herself propelled into a criminal investigation. Someone doesn't want Kit's manuscript published and unless Sam can put the pieces together in time, they'll do anything to stop it.
With this deliciously funny debut novel, acclaimed author Judith Flanders introduces readers to an enormously enjoyable, too-clever-for-her-own-good new amateur sleuth, as well Sam's Goth assistant, her effortlessly glamorous mother, and the handsome Inspector Field. A tremendously entertaining read, this page-turning novel from a bright new crime fiction talent is impossible to put down.
About the Author
JUDITH FLANDERS is an international bestselling author and one of the foremost social historians of the Victorian era. Her book Inside the Victorian Home was shortlisted for the British Book Awards History Book of the Year. Judith is a frequent contributor to the Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Spectator, and the Times Literary Supplement. She lives in London.
“Hilarious, big-hearted, clever, whip-smart and devious. A truly wonderful crime novel by a brilliant writer... Judith Flanders has found that difficult, magical ground between humour and crime, where the death is never trivialized, but the territory is hysterically pilloried. Brava!” —Louise Penny, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Long Way Home
“Deadly funny. Judith Flanders' wry take on publishing and murder should be on everybody's wish list.” —Donna Leon, New York Times bestselling author of By Its Cover
“The array of delightful and believable characters, as well as a neat turn at the end, will leave readers well satisfied and anticipating the next installment.” —Publishers Weekly
“A layered mystery in which fingers can be pointed in a variety of directions… full of charm and characters worth visiting again.” —Kirkus
“Wickedly funny… the perfect storm of an entertaining read… Loved it.” —London Times
“From the first page you want Samantha Clair to be your new best friend… [Flanders] keeps the reader intrigued and laughing in equal measure.” —Daily Mail (UK)
“Mordantly funny; at last a novel about the world of fashion that seems to find it as ridiculous as I do.” —Philip Kerr, author of A Man Without Breath
“I had no idea that the publishing world could be so funny--and so dangerous. A Murder of Magpies reminds me of the comic crime novels of Donald E. Westlake, with its own humorous, deadly edge. Judith Flanders has created one of the most engaging main characters I've encountered in quite a while. Indeed, even the minor characters are memorable. I chuckled while I feared for their safety, and hope to meet them in another novel.” —David Morrell, author of Murder as a Fine Art