I struggled a bit with Magpie Murders at the beginning. Because the beginning was about a murder in a book, there is a detachment that I felt with the story. It is very much a classic golden age of murder mysteries type of story at this point but without the charm that a lot of those writers possessed. Once the mystery was revealed that was happening in the actual world, the book got so much better. Horowitz’s writing style changed for the better and the book just worked. In the end, I ended up enjoying the book. I hate how the pages were numbered though.