The Magpies – Mark Edwards

20 July 2017
The Magpies Book Cover The Magpies
Mark Edwards
Thomas & Mercer
Ebook with Audible

Meet the neighbors from hell.

When Jamie and Kirsty move into their first home together, they are full of optimism. The future, in which they plan to get married and start a family, is bright. The other residents of their building seem friendly too, including the Newtons, a married couple who welcome them to the building with open arms.

But then strange things start to happen. Dead rats are left on their doorstep. They hear disturbing noises, and much worse, in the night. After Jamie's best friend is injured in a horrific accident, Jamie and Kirsty find themselves targeted by a campaign of terror. As they are driven to the edge of despair, Jamie vows to fight back—but he has no idea what he is really up against…

My review of The Magpies by Mark Edwards.

The Magpies by Mark Edwards takes annoying neighbors to a whole new level.

Computer expert Jamie and nurse Kirsty have moved into their dream flat. But the night of their house warming party, the hoaxes begin. Some are harmless, but some are deadly.

Throughout the story, we learn about their neighbors. Chris and fellow nurse Lucy. Mary, an herbalist (described as a witch by the crazy neighbors) and her sweet cat Lennon. Lastly, dark author Brian and his wife, Linda.

Although you catch on to who the crazy neighbors are relatively quickly, I still won’t mention it here.

I listened to this book with audible, and as with all good audio books, I spent a lot of time in my kitchen and car wanting to hear “just one more chapter.”


I love subtleties, and the title of the book is so apt to the storyline. Magpies are birds notoriously known for destroying the nests of other birds. Much like Jamie and Kirsty’s crazy downstairs neighbors.

I also enjoyed the little easter egg Mark Edwards left, involving the genus of magpies and a character name in the book. Whether that was intentional or not, it tickled me regardless.

I enjoyed learning about all of the neighbors and friends of Jamie and Kirsty. Mr. Edwards brought them to life very skillfully, without over complicating them.

Even though a few clues were left, the twist at the end caught me by surprise. I’ve since begun listening to another book by Mark Edwards where there is mention of the character involved in the twist. I enjoy those types of elements in books.

The Magpies is a definitive 4-star book for me. The Magpies was my second book by Mark Edwards, and I am currently in the process of reading a third.

The Magpies by Mark Edwards




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