Book Review: Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz (2020)

Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz is a mystery novel that keeps you engaged and guessing until the end. The story follows Susan Ryeland, a former editor who has retired to run a small hotel in Crete. When one of her guests, a woman named Cecily Treherne, disappears, Susan is reminded of an unsolved case she worked on years ago involving the murder of Cecily’s daughter and son-in-law at a hotel in Suffolk.

As Susan starts to investigate the similarities between the two cases, the narrative switches to a novel within the novel. The second storyline is a whodunit set in the same Suffolk hotel, featuring a cast of eccentric characters, including a famous detective writer, a missing manuscript, and, of course, a murder.

Anthony Horowitz expertly weaves the two stories together, slowly revealing connections and twists that keep you guessing until the end. The characters are well-drawn, and their motivations are complex, making it difficult to know who to trust.

Horowitz also uses the novel to explore the nature of storytelling, particularly the idea that the author has control over the narrative. The way in which the two stories interact with each other and the characters in each story comment on the other is clever and thought-provoking.

One of the few drawbacks of the novel is that it can be a bit slow at times, particularly in the middle. However, the intricate plot and satisfying conclusion make up for any pacing issues.

Moonflower Murders is a well-crafted mystery novel that will appeal to fans of classic whodunits and modern thrillers alike. Anthony Horowitz once again proves himself to be a master of the genre.

You can pick up Moonflower Murders from Amazon here.


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