Sunday, January 25, 2015

2015 book 26

Judith Flanders' A Murder of Magpies
Oh man, I really hope this is the first book in a series, because it's super charming and slyly funny and right up my alley. Our protagonist is an editor at a publishing house in London, working with an author friend who's written a major-league takedown of a big fashion company, showing that they've been doing some seriously illegal fraud stuff. A lot of people are pissed off about this book. And then . . . he disappears, and she's determined to find out what happened, with the help of a cute cop and her hardcore lawyer mom (there are lots of other great characters too--her hilarious assistant, eccentric neighbors, various other friends and coworkers . . . ). It's a really funny look not just the publishing industry, but lawyers, fashionistas, and more. A couple of plot points are easy to guess, but I really liked how things proceeded and especially how things wrapped up. Flanders is a really strong writer with a really nice fun and breezy tone--I definitely would recommend this to fellow book nerds and to cozy (and non-cozy) mystery readers. A/A-.

A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book will be released in February

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