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Judith Flanders is a social historian. Her works include the best-selling The Invention of Murder, and Inside the Victorian Home. She is senior research fellow at the University of Buckingham.

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Mysteries of the Ancient World (1979) — Editor, some editions — 521 copies
Lost Narratives: The Work of Catherine Bertola (2005) — Contributor — 3 copies

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Birthdate
1959
Gender
female
Nationality
UK
Birthplace
London, England, UK
Places of residence
Montréal, Québec, Canada
Israel
Lausanne, Switzerland
Saratoga Springs, New York, USA
Education
Skidmore College (history)
Occupations
editor
author
journalist (arts)
reviewer
dance critic
historian
Agent
Bill Hamilton
Short biography
Judith Flanders is a New York Times bestselling author and one of the foremost social historians of the Victorian era. She is also the author of a crime fiction series. She lives in London. [adapted from The Making of Home (2015)]

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An atheist writing about Christmas? No, thank you!
 
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AmaliaGavea | 3 other reviews | Dec 13, 2023 |
I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

A Murder of Magpies was a really funny and relaxing read. What made this cozy mystery stand out for me was its unique protagonist, Sam Clair. Now, Sam isn't your usual detective. Not one bit. She's a 40-something book editor who's not afraid to ask all the right questions to some very wrong people. I just loved her independence and intelligence, and her witty, highly sarcastic commentary made me laugh out loud for a great part of the book.

While the character of Sam made the book very enjoyable, I couldn't really bring myself to care all that much about the rest of the characters. Actually, most of the time, to me they just felt as "fillers", like they were there just because they were supposed to be. I also wasn't overly keen on the romance. I saw it coming pretty early on, and so I was more or less just waiting to see how it would develop. Unfortunately, when it did develop, I just couldn't feel it. To me, the whole thing felt slightly rushed and a little forced.

As for the mystery itself, I was surprised by the solution, even though I had a lot of trouble bringing myself to care about it at all. Now, mystery lovers may disagree with me, but while I was very intrigued at the beginning, I gradually lost interest. The mystery just became too complicated for me to follow, and I gave up even trying to guess 'who did it'. Even though I really appreciated all the research the author clearly did to make the work stand, all the details about corporate finances and frauds that surround the primary investigation made this mystery slightly too heavy and hard for me to follow.

Now, don't get me wrong, this wasn't a bad book at all. I really enjoyed reading it, and its incredibly amusing main character really made it worth it. If you're looking for a cozy mystery that will make you laugh like crazy, then I think you'll probably enjoy this book.
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bookforthought | 22 other reviews | Nov 7, 2023 |
Very interesting and detailed, to the point of getting a bit repetitive with some examples. Lots of interesting facts that stick in the brain, and the central thesis of how technology and other factors shaped alphabetical order is well supported. Works best as an audio book, imo.
 
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TheKroog | 12 other reviews | Oct 18, 2023 |
You'd think a book titled The invention of Murder couldn't be boring.Sadly, that wasn't the case with this book. The author discussed over 50 murders that took place during 19th century Great Britain. And while the descriptions of the murders themselves were interesting, it was the repetitive way the author then went on to describe how these murders were covered by newspapers, and then turned into works of fiction or plays. We were given, again and again. brief summaries of numerous books and plays. Frankly, these endless plot summaries bored me senseless . I almost never stop reading a book before finishing it, this one really tempted me, but I finally made it to the end.… (more)
 
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kevinkevbo | 19 other reviews | Jul 14, 2023 |

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