Anthony Horowitz, Orion
Anthony Horowitz is the creator of Midsomer Murders, and has previously pastiched Arthur Conan Doyle and Ian Fleming to winning effect, and for his latest novel – out now in paperback – he’s giving us a buy one get one free crime story. It begins with book editor Susan Ryland setting down to read the latest in the run of (fictional) Atticus Pünd mysteries. Pünd is a German detective, working in England after the Second World War, with his latest case drawing him to a sleepy, Agatha Christie-esque village in the mid 1950s. Foul play is suspected when the housekeeper of a mansion is found dead at the bottom of a flight of stairs. Horowitz gives us the full Pünd novel – which is in the Poirot mode and very entertaining – before we return to Susan Ryland’s world where another mystery presents itself, life very much imitating art. It’s a neat device, which, nevertheless, would fall apart if both stories weren’t up to snuff, but this is huge fun and a real love letter to the whole genre.