It is a disease that writers write about writers. My guess is that this comes from the false myth that you should “write what you know”–maybe I’ll get back to that part later. Magpie Murders has a couple of twists on this that are well done. One is that the protagonist is an editor at a publisher. The other is that this a really two short books, with one framing the other. You start out reading a mystery, but the last chapter is missing. You then are in the POV of the editor, who is trying to find the missing chapters from a distasteful mystery writer, who has died suddenly in an apparent suicide. The editor soon becomes convinced that the mystery author was murdered.
I give this 3.5, almost 4, out of five stars within the context of the genre. This is a plot driven book with real characters in it and a nice twist or two, including the structure of book itself. I won’t give away any more on the plot.
I didn’t feel deeply connected to the editor protagonist in places I thought I should. Still, I liked that the book within the book was a gentle comedic nod to Agatha Christi style of writing, was meaty enough to feel like a book on its own, but different in style enough to not instantly say its the same voice (when it shouldn’t be).
A fun read.