A Murder of Magpies

A Murder of Magpies

Large Print - 2015 | Large print edition
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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.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781410479136
1410479137
Branch Call Number: x Large Print Coll
Characteristics: 385 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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An ok beach read but not memorable.

ontherideau Jul 07, 2017

Readers of Janet Evanovich might enjoy this

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brangwinn
Jul 05, 2017

I’ll be looking for more books in this series about a London editor who gets caught up in solving a murder mystery. Although at times, the story seems a little ludicrous, it’s the characters that will keep me wanting more, that and the behind the scenes look at the world of publishing.

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maipenrai
Nov 12, 2016

The first book in the Sam Clair series

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merlinsilver
Nov 07, 2016

Fantastic !!! It was cute, witty, and sometime instead of a chuckle, I laughed out loud. Just the ticket to get my mind off of the depressing Presidential Election.

karcoldelharvic5 Sep 10, 2015

the front of this book says 'deadly funny' and 'whip smart and devious. I found it bland and found nothing funny anywhere in the book.

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cardigramma
Jul 21, 2015

This is Ms. Flanders first novel. I have read and enjoyed her non-fiction and her novel is just as good, very smart and funny.

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Novel_Librarian
Jun 02, 2015

A really fun mystery, good characters, a story which focuses more on the impact of a sensational novel than on murder (refreshing!). Recommended.

MedinaReads Mar 02, 2015

Samantha (Sam) Clair is a not young London book editor. This means she’s canny enough to have stayed afloat in that competitive field and smart enough to understand that if one of her favorite authors doesn’t show up for lunch, it means trouble. So when a police officer starts asking about a package the author sent, Sam takes matters into her own hands, inserting herself into the investigation. She also manages to convince both her terrifying efficient mother and the investigating officer that her concerns are justified, all the while making clever observations to the reader like “The woman behind the counter tried to steer me toward neutral tones, but once I took off my sunglasses she agreed 1960s hippie green was the way to go … she said cheerfully, ‘Well, honey, you look like you’re really bad at makeup, but you don’t look … beat up anymore.’” Of course, the power trio solves the mystery, but I found that less important than the author’s snicker-inducing writing.

If you’re looking for an amusing, clever cozy mystery, get your request in now for A Murder of Magpies.
Recommended by K.L., Outreach Librarian, MCDL

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