This is my first acquaintance with author Anthony Horowitz. I can say that I will be seeking out more of his work and hope it’s as engaging as this book. How did I miss this guy when he has written so many successful English series such as Foyle’s War?
This murder mystery featuring fictional detective Atticus Pund was appealing on it’s own but wait……there is another story line and mystery about the publishing company for Alan Conway, author of the Atticus Pund books.
The book opens in present time with Susan Ryeland, editor for Conway’s books, telling the story. She is given the last manuscript from Conway but the last few chapters are missing. This will change Susan’s life and not for the better I can tell you.
You are immediately immersed into the ninth Atticus Pund book which is set in rural England, the time period is the 1950’s. It’s such noir writing, reminds you of Agatha Christie with the sleuthing.
After a tragedy (spoiler so I can’t say here) we are back to Susan’s world in modern times visiting London and the rural English countryside. The characters and motives from both stories are intertwined. It’s a classic whodunit with some great twists.
I liked the mention of other books and movies throughout this story, some of which I book marked to request form the library.
A few food and drink references:
Champagne, fish and chips, sandwiches, Victoria Sponge cake, grilled sardines, salad and wine. Eggs and toast fingers. English breakfast with two eggs, bacon, sausage, tomato and a fried slice. Homemade quiche and bean salad. Smoked salmon with salad and artisan bread. A bottle of wine, Nacho Cheese flavored tortilla chips and a jar of hot salsa dip. Pub food and ales.
I wanted to make the Victoria Sponge cake but after our vacation, I think I better cut back on high caloric treats. It’s for the best, really (I’m telling myself this). So I went for a favorite, this passes for pub grub in my neck of the woods.
A grilled Mahi Mahi sandwich with all the trimmings. Lettuce, tomato, onions, lime on toasted Cuban bread. Served with black beans and rice and ale. Oh. Yeah.