Check out the book In The Spotlight: Anthony Horowitz’ Magpie Murders from this post on the Confessions of a Mystery Novelist Blog.
Welcome to another edition of In The Spotlight. The ‘story within a story’ structure can be quite effective as approach to keeping reader interest and telling a story in an innovative way. When it’s done well, readers can keep the two stories apart, but still see how they impact one another. Let’s look at an example of this sort of story today, and turn the spotlight on Anthony Horowitz’ Magpie Murders.
Susan Ryeland is Head of Fiction at Cloverleaf Books, London. She’s just received Magpie Murders, a manuscript from one of Cloverleaf’s top authors, Alan Conway. It’s the ninth in his series featuring PI Atticus Pünd, and Ryeland will edit it before it goes into production. She tells us right away,
‘This book changed my life.’
Then, the storyline changes, and Conway’s manuscript begins.
That story, which takes place in 1955 in the village of Saxby-on-Avon…
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