Wishing & Waiting on Wednesday: A Murder of Magpies

There’s nothing like a Wednesday for thinking about the books we want to read! My Wishing & Waiting on Wednesday post is linking up with two fabulous book memes, Wishlist Wednesday (hosted by Pen to Paper) and Waiting on Wednesday (hosted by Breaking the Spine).

This week’s pick:

A Murder of Magpies

A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders
(to be released February 24, 2015)

A whip-smart, impeccably crafted debut mystery that takes readers on a whirlwind tour of London and Paris with an unforgettably original new heroine

It’s just another day at the office for London book editor Samantha “Sam” 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 dish the juicy dirt on a recent fashion industry scandal. Little does she know the trouble Kit’s book will cause—before it even goes to print. When police Inspector Field turns up at the venerable offices of Timmins & Ross, asking questions about a package addressed to Sam, she knows something is wrong. Now Sam’s nine-to-five life is turned upside down as she finds herself propelled into a criminal investigation. Someone doesn’t want Kit’s manuscript published and unless Sam can put the pieces together in time, they’ll do anything to stop it.

With this deliciously funny debut novel, acclaimed author Judith Flanders introduces readers to an enormously enjoyable, too-clever-for-her-own-good new amateur sleuth, as well Sam’s Goth assistant, her effortlessly glamorous mother, and the handsome Inspector Field. A tremendously entertaining read, this page-turning novel from a bright new crime fiction talent is impossible to put down.

Does it make me sound completely shallow if I say that I wanted to read this book as soon as I saw the cover? I mean, is that cute or what? This sounds like a really fun read, and since I just got a copy via NetGalley, I can happily pencil it in on my reading calendar for early 2015!

What are you wishing for this Wednesday?

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11 thoughts on “Wishing & Waiting on Wednesday: A Murder of Magpies

    • I’m actually not that much of a crime fan, but I do like the crime/mystery novels that are a bit off-beat or have an unusual lead character. And this one just looks so cute! Thanks for stopping by.

  1. No, not shallow – Judith Flanders wrote the wonderful – and very impressive – non-fiction book The Invention Of Murder…can’t help thinking this cover won’t pick up the readers of that though – they may well overlook this effort, which would be a shame, as she’s a very talented writer. And I’ve just came across your blog, thanks to a link on Cleo’s – I will definitely be following your posts from now on!

    • Wow, great to know about this author’s non-fiction work! I saw this described as a debut novel; didn’t realize she had other books. Now I’m extra excited to read this one! Thanks for the follow — heading off to follow you back!

  2. hahaha It’s okay, I understand, I want to read it because of that adorable cover too. The summary doesn’t make me immediately think it sounds like a funny novel but… sure sounds worth a read. Thanks for sharing!

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