It’s Murder Mystery Monday! And I recently read an excellent one that I want to recommend to you: Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz – the second in the Susan Ryeland mystery series (will there be more? I hope so!).
Mini Plot Summary: Following her involvement in author Alan Conway’s murder and the subsequent implosion of her career, (former) book editor Susan Ryeland has moved to Greece, operating a resort with her partner Andreas. Bored with hotel management, missing her life as an editor, and uncertain about her relationship, Susan jumps at the chance to head back to London when she’s offered the chance to solve another real-life mystery. The Trehanes operate a luxury hotel called Branlow Hall, and their daughter Cecily has gone missing. Just before she disappeared, Cecily had been investigating an eight-year-old murder that took place at Branlow Hall.
Susan’s star writer, Alan Conway, had written a book loosely based on the Branlow Hall murder – Atticus Pund Takes the Case. And Cecily was certain that Conway had proved they’d arrested the wrong murderer.
Did her discovery put her in danger? And will Susan be able to decode Conway’s book to learn the truth – before she puts her own life at risk?
What I Liked About This Book: First, from an entirely technical standpoint, this book completely wowed me. It is a book within a book. A literary turducken. As in, Horowitz wrote two entire books and put one inside the other. You have Moonflower Murders, in its entirety… but then, to get to the bottom of the mystery, you read the entire volume of Atticus Pund Takes the Case. I am in awe. I have not yet been able to complete ONE book, let alone TWO IN ONE. And both of them are good! They have distinctive characters and styles and the mysteries are engaging and twisty. I enjoyed the whole thing very, very much.
What I Didn’t Like About This Book: This is one of those books I just adored. I can’t think of a thing I disliked, truly. Was it the best, most compelling mystery I’ve ever read? No, I suppose not. But it was interesting and fun and there were lots of twists and turns and I did not guess the murderer for a very long while, which is satisfying.
Should You Read This Book? If you are a fan of puzzle-like mystery stories, you will absolutely enjoy this one. A very pleasing read.