Y’all, Anthony Horowitz is a puzzle master. He is the Will Shortz of the mystery novel.
His new book is out – it’s been out for a minute, but your girl is behind – and it’s hella good.
Moonflower Murders, Anthony Horowitz.
4 Glorious Pretzels.
First of all, you need to read Magpie Murders first. Because that’s how series work, y’all. Then, when you’re finished getting your mind blown by that masterpiece, dive into this one.
Okay, so, Moonflower. Here’s where we get a little spoilery.
Susan is kicking it in Greece with her handsome, charming boyfriend. They run a little hotel together, and she’s kind of miserable. She’s approached by a couple who need her help. Their daughter is missing, and they’d like her to help solve the case. This cheers Susan right up. She has a twisted sense of what’s fun. See, if I were kickin’ it in Greece with Andreas, who I assume is hella attractive, I would consider that fun. Susan, however, thinks retracing Allen Conway’s steps and digging into not only a missing person’s case, but also a murder, is fun. But, hey, it takes all kinds.
Just like with Magpie, we’re elbow deep in this story when we dive into a different story. Y’all, because that’s what Horowitz does. He gives you a case to solve and, while you’re busy with that one, he’s like, “Hey, fam, here’s another hella interesting, though fictional, case.” Solve that one, too. Then, while you’re solving that one, he reminds you about the first case, and you’re like, “WHAAAAAT?!?!?! Anthony Horowitz, you clever bastard.”
So, anyway, if you haven’t read a Horowitz, I suggest you do so immediately. And you have plenty to choose from. Horowitz, who is dope enough to have permission from both the Arthur Conan Doyle and the Ian Fleming estates to write Holmes and Bond books, has the Alan Conway series, the Hawthorne books, and the Holmes and Bond books. So, you know, pick your poison, but be prepared to be obsessed.