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Title:
A murder of magpies
Author:
Flanders, Judith, author.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Writers' block
Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Minotaur Books/A Thomas Dunne Book, 2015.
Physical Description:
277 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
"It's just another day at the office for book editor Samantha Clair ... [including] lunch scheduled with gossipy author Kit Lowell, whose new book will deliciously dish the dirt on the fashion industry. But little does she know how much trouble Kit's book is about to cause-- before it even goes to print. When police inspector Field turns up at the venerable offices of Timmins & Ross, asking questions about an undelivered package that was addressed to Sam, she knows something is wrong. The messenger sent to deliver the package was murdered, and then Kit goes missing"--
General Note:
"A novel"--Jacket.

Originally published as Writers' block by Allison & Busby in 2014.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781250056450
Format :
Book

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Summary

It's just another day at the office for book editor Samantha 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 deliciously dish the dirt on the fashion industry. But little does she know how much trouble Kit's book is about to cause. Before it even goes to print. When police inspector Field turns up at the venerable offices of Timmins & Ross, asking questions about an undelivered package that was addressed to Sam, she knows something is wrong. The messenger sent to deliver the package was murdered, and then Kit goes missing. Suddenly, Sam's nine-to-five life is turned upside down and she is propelled into a criminal investigation. Someone doesn't want Kit's scandalous manuscript published and unless Sam can put the pieces together in time, they'll do anything to stop it.With her deliciously fun, cleverly written debut novel, acclaimed author Judith Flanders introduces readers to an enormously enjoyable, too-smart-for-her-own-good new amateur sleuth, as well as a colorful cast of characters including Sam's witty assistant, effortlessly glamorous mother, and the handsome inspector Field. A whip-smart, impeccably crafted mystery, this tremendously entertaining novel will have readers flying through the pages.


Author Notes

JUDITH FLANDERS is the New York Times bestselling author of The Invention of Murder and one of the foremost social historians of the Victorian era. She is a contributor to the Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Spectator, and the Times Literary Supplement. Before turning her hand to writing, Judith worked as an editor for various publishing houses, including the publications department of the National Portrait Gallery, London. She lives in London.


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Booklist Review

In a sharp departure from her Victorian social histories, Flanders applies what she learned about the development of the mystery genre in the Victorian era to a smart, action-packed thriller set in modern-day London. Fortysomething Samantha Clair Sam, to most is an editor at a publishing house. At work, she faces the dual challenges of having to reposition a subpar novel turned in by her best-selling novelist while shepherding the tell-all biography of a deceased Spanish designer from fashion journalist Kit Lovell through the libel lawyers before publication. She does not expect, however, to have her apartment burgled or to be questioned by Inspector Jacob Field, CID, after a messenger is killed in a hit-and-run. When Kit disappears, Field and Sam's mother, Helena, a chic dynamo of a barrister, join forces with Sam to find Kit and determine who is trying to sabotage her book. Flanders has applied skillful writing to her knowledge of the London publishing scene, serving up an enjoyable, intricate page-turner.--Muller, Karen Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

The good news is that Flanders's humorous debut thriller about the perils of a British book editor is filled with wit and snarky comments, along with shrewd insight into London's apparently cutthroat publishing scene. The not-so-good news is that reader Duerden has a singsongy manner of speech that eventually detracts from the cleverness of the writing. Otherwise, her delivery-British, breathy, confidential-is a proper, pleasant enough match for Samantha "Sam" Clair, the self-effacing book editor who is the novel's often-imperiled protagonist and narrator. And Duerden suitably adapts her voice to fit Sam's glam, glib, razor-sharp corporate attorney mum; her eager and efficient goth assistant; an elderly, gentlemanly upstairs neighbor; and the blasé, slightly short-tempered Insp. Jake Field, who, in the course of searching for an author of Sam's who's gone missing, becomes her love interest. A Minotaur hardcover. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.