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Susan Ryeland books in order

Love Magpie Murders on Britbox? Want to read the books behind the drama?

Magpie Murders introduces us to series character Susan Ryeland, a publishing editor who finds herself drawn into an intriguing murder mystery within the latest Atticus Pünd crime novel she’s working on.

Reading like classic tales with contemporary twists, both books in the series delve into stories within stories to turn the crime fiction genre on its head – so if you like clever, playful twists and turns, these are the books for you.

Here are Anthony Horowitz’s Susan Ryeland books in order.

Anthony Horowitz’s Susan Ryeland books in order:

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

1. Magpie Murders (2016)

Editor Susan Ryeland has worked with bestselling crime writer Alan Conway for years. Readers love his detective, Atticus Pünd, a celebrated solver of crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s.

But Conway’s latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but hidden in the pages of the manuscript lies another story: a tale written between the very words on the page, telling of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition and murder.

Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz

2. Moonflower Murders (2021)

Retired publisher Susan Ryeland is running a small hotel on a Greek island with her long-term boyfriend. But life isn’t as idyllic as it should be: exhausted by the responsibility of making everything work on an island where nothing ever does, Susan is beginning to miss her literary life in London – even though her publishing career once entangled her in a lethal literary murder plot.

So when an English couple come to visit with tales of a murder that took place in a hotel the same day their daughter Cecily was married there, Susan can’t help but find herself fascinated. And when they tell her that Cecily has gone missing a few short hours after reading Atticus Pünd Takes The Case, a crime novel Susan edited some years previously, Susan knows she must return to London to find out what has happened.

The clues to the murder and to Cecily’s disappearance must lie within the pages of this novel. But to save Cecily, Susan must place her own life in mortal danger…

There you have it – all Anthony Horowitz’s Susan Ryeland books in order. How many have you read? Let us know in the comments below!

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