Magpie Murders

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HH and I found Magpie Murders on TV to watch. We REALLY have to concentrate, but we LOVE this series! It’s an interesting premise.

A famous, best-selling author has finished a book that will immediately sell tons of copies. He’s looking over the manuscript before he sends it to his editor and a narrator reads the words on a few of the pages. They’re brilliant. I can see why he’s a best-seller.

In the book, the author’s famous detective finds out that he has cancer and doesn’t have much longer to live. When the editor reads this, she can’t believe it. The author’s killing off his famous detective. But before she can confront him about it, she learns that the author is dead. He’s fallen off the high tower in his expensive home. Or was he pushed? Or was it suicide?

And this is where everything gets especially interesting. She finds out that the author just learned that HE had cancer. And the more she digs, the more she discovers that the author based his characters on real people in his life. And then, the characters in his books walk on stage, looking like people the author knew.

If HH and I don’t concentrate, we’re not sure if we’re listening to characters in the author’s books discuss his death, or if we’re listening to real people in his life–because the same actors play both parts. For instance, the author based his famous detective’s young sidekick on the young man he’s having an affair with. So when that actor walks on stage, who is he? The fictional character or the real-life lover? There are clues, but it took HH a minute to recognize them.

And then there’s the subplot of the editor and her significant other. Something mysterious is going on there.

This is no frivolous hour of entertainment. If I don’t pay attention, I have to rewind and watch a scene again. I love it! A series that’s clever and challenging. And unique. I’m going to watch another episode tonight!

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