Moonflower Murders

Moonflower Murders

A Novel

Book - 2020
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"Farlingaye Hall is a beautiful hotel in Suffolk on the east coast of England. Unfortunately, it is also the site of the brutal murder of Frank Parris, a retired advertising executive. Stefan Codrescu, a Romanian maintenance man, is arrested after police find blood spatter on his clothes and bed linen. He is found guilty and spends eight years in prison. It appears an open and shut case, but there is more than meets the eye. Alan Conway, the late author of the fictional Magpie Murders, knew Frank Parris and once visited Farlingaye Hall. Conway based Atticus Pund Takes the Cake, the third book in his detective series, on the hotel. Cecily Treherne, the daughter of the hotel owner, read the book and believes the truth of Stefan's innocence is found in its pages. But now...she has disappeared. Conway's former editor Susan Ryeland leaves her own hotel in Crete and travels to Suffolk to investigate the murder and Treherne's disappearance"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2020]
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780062955456
0062955454
9780062955470
Branch Call Number: Fic Horo
Characteristics: 357 pages : illustration ; 23 cm.
Alternative Title: Moon flower murders

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maipenrai
Mar 20, 2021

Excellent second book in the Atticus Pund and Susan Ryeland series. A mystery book within a mystery book. Recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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htlibre
Mar 11, 2021

The reviews don’t give quantitative info-580+ Pages to contend with plus hidden astrological,literary and anagram clues with two casts of names- a feast for readers with Hercule Poirot memory for details! Take notes.

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Babalouis
Feb 28, 2021

I really don't like one story nested into another - why?...so I just went to the Atticus Pund murder . I did not know who killed the first person at Clarence Keep but I think it was obvious...there are clues...as to who killed the second person. Perhaps when I have more time, I'll go back to read the first story but maybe not. Not crazy about this author's style.

DPLjennyp Feb 24, 2021

Not just one, but two fantastic mysteries!

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gloryb
Feb 13, 2021

The author is too clever for me. It's a novel about a murder that also has a novel about a murder nestled in between the pages at the half way mark. This second novel/novella is complete with cover image, Dedication, copyright info, reviewers' recommendation, list of characters, and, then, the murder mystery. The analysis by the "detective" of that content is to suggest a parallel - a clue - to the ongoing investigation. I, however, skipped that inserted novel as I was already having difficulty remembering the characters and their associations in the story that had started on page 1. The author inserts emails, Face time, letters, telephone conversations which may appeal to readers wanting a less traditional approach to a murder mystery, but it all comes down at the end to the very traditional way that murder mysteries get solved - the detective gathers the suspects in a room and, then, step by step finally reveals the murderer and the motives.

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njkstl
Feb 12, 2021

Laurie recommendation - Magpie Murders #2.

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LMF1963
Feb 03, 2021

My copy, from McKinley Park Library, was missing pages 71-102, which I sadly only found out AFTER reading up to page 70. Really disappointed that someone else had this book before me and didn't tell anyone to remove it from circulation.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jan 28, 2021

A worthy sequel to Magpie Murders, featuring another mystery nested within a mystery.

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kellyvigurs
Jan 27, 2021

rec from hillary

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randalljay
Jan 20, 2021

A short story in a novel in a novel. Creates a bit of confusion but worth it. You can work it out if you care to try.

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LMF1963
Feb 03, 2021

Other: McKinley Park copy of book is missing pages 71-102.

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