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Magpie Lane by Lucy Atkins

Magpie Lane

Lucy Atkins

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Imprint: Quercus Publishing
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Publication date: 2 Apr 2020
ISBN: 9781786485571

Roaming through Oxford's secret passages and hidden graveyards, Magpie Lane explores the true meaning of family - and what it is to be denied one.

4 stars out of 5
Mark Sanderson
21 Mar 2020

"the result is creepy and compelling"

The alarm bells start ringing from the off as middle-aged nanny Dee, an Oxford mathematics drop-out, is questioned by a couple of coppers — in the absence of a solicitor — about the disappearance of her charge, eight-year-old Felicity, a changeling with selective mutism...

Atkins scathingly portrays Oxford as “a place of dust motes, vaults and arm-span alleys”, full of ghosts and grotesques. Apart from a gratuitous swipe at Colin Dexter – whose novels featuring Inspector Morse involve plots far more complicated than the “did she or didn’t she?” of Magpie Lane — the result is creepy and compelling. 

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