Moonflower Murders: A Novel

Written by:
Anthony Horowitz

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2020
18 hours 29 minutes
Narrated by Lesley Manville

New York Times Bestseller • Soon to be a PBS MASTERPIECE Mystery! series premiering fall 2024!

Bestselling author Anthony Horowitz brings back his famous literary detective Atticus Pund and Susan Ryeland, hero of Magpie Murders, in an inventive, labyrinthine story that is “catnip for classic mystery lovers” (Time magazine).

Retired publisher Susan Ryeland is living the good life. She is running a small hotel on a Greek island with her long-term boyfriend Andreas. It should be everything she's always wanted. But is it? She's exhausted with the responsibilities of making everything work on an island where nothing ever does, and truth be told she's beginning to miss London.

And then the Trehearnes come to stay. The strange and mysterious story they tell, about an unfortunate murder that took place on the same day and in the same hotel in which their daughter was married—a picturesque inn on the Suffolk coast named Farlingaye Hall—fascinates Susan and piques her editor’s instincts. 

One of her former writers, the late Alan Conway, author of the fictional Magpie Murders, knew the murder victim—an advertising executive named Frank Parris—and once visited Farlingaye Hall. Conway based the third book in his detective series, Atticus Pund Takes the Cake, on that very crime. 

The Trehearne’s, daughter, Cecily, read Conway’s mystery and believed the book proves that the man convicted of Parris’s murder—a Romanian immigrant who was the hotel’s handyman—is innocent. When the Trehearnes reveal that Cecily is now missing, Susan knows that she must return to England and find out what really happened.

Brilliantly clever, relentlessly suspenseful, full of twists that will keep readers guessing with each revelation and clue, Moonflower Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction from one of its greatest masterminds.  
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Sam S.

The narration is so strong you don't even realize you're walking into a disgusting pile of racist, homophobic under-researched garbage. Skip this one.

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Tracy V.

A bad Agatha Christie

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This was a most complicated book. Although quite good, there are two mysteries in one..hence the long hours, and they are very much intertwined though not as obviously to me as perhaps to you! The protagonist is well thought out and has some personal issues that increase as she is trying to solve the current crime(s). The names of fictional detectives, authors, crime story characters and story titles are also interrelated as clues are left to solve the crimes. Very interesting, yet at times the characters do stupid things or overlook obvious clues that makes one frustrated to find in such a well constructed book. Narrators did well.

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Edwina M.

This book reminded me of why I usually don't read murder mysteries. The central premise is an interesting one, but very little actually happens as the reader is subjected to hours and hours of the protagonist's interior rumination. Additionally, most of the multitude of supporting characters are thinly drawn and dull, and all of them, including the protagonist are self-absorbed and unlikeable. If I had not been reading this book for my book club, I would have quit three or four chapters in. As it was, I finished, but listening to this book took 18+ hours of my life I will never get back. I gave it a second star only because of the quality of the narrator.

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Julie S.

Pure genius! Horowitz never disappoints and narrators were excellent.

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