A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders

Title: A Murder of Magpies Author: Judith Flanders Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (Minotaur Books) Publication date: February 24, 2015 Acquired via: NetGalley & St. Martin’s Press
Title: A Murder of Magpies
Author: Judith Flanders
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (Minotaur Books)
Publication date: February 24, 2015
Acquired via: NetGalley & St. Martin’s Press

Samantha ‘Sam’ Clair is a thirty-something book editor at a publishing house in London. When her friend and eccentric author, Kit Lowell, writes a tell-all book about the fashion industry and then disappears, her quiet, predictable life is turned upside down. Teaming up with her mother, high-powered lawyer Helena Clair, and the handsome inspector Jake Fields, she soon finds herself involved in more than just a missing person’s case but an international criminal ring.

First let me say that I absolutely loved this cover and it’s the cover that actually attracted me to the book in the first place. The writing was light and fun, and although the mystery part of the plot didn’t quite grab me (financial intrigue is just not my thing!), I thoroughly enjoyed Sam and her relationships and interactions with the books other characters. Aside from Sam’s larger than life mother, who is perfect in every way and who knows absolutely everyone and can do anything, and Inspector Field who is called to the case, there is Sam’s quirky Goth personal assistant Miranda, who makes an excellent partner in crime and her reclusive and mysterious older neighbour Mr. Rudiger. They were smart, witty and very likable and while reading I found myself reading quickly through the ‘investigation’ sections just to get to the character interactions.

A nice, light mystery with humour and likable characters, I give this book 3/5 stars.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press (Minotaur Books) for providing me an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review.

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