Publisher’s Blurb: The New York Times bestselling author of the brilliantly inventive The Word Is Murder and The Sentence Is Death returns with his third literary whodunit featuring intrepid detectives Hawthorne and Horowitz.
When Ex-Detective Inspector Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, author Anthony Horowitz, are invited to an exclusive literary festival on Alderney, an idyllic island off the south coast of England, they don’t expect to find themselves in the middle of murder investigation—or to be trapped with a cold-blooded killer in a remote place with a murky, haunted past.
Arriving on Alderney, Hawthorne and Horowitz soon meet the festival’s other guests—an eccentric gathering that includes a bestselling children’s author, a French poet, a TV chef turned cookbook author, a blind psychic, and a war historian—along with a group of ornery locals embroiled in an escalating feud over a disruptive power line.
When a local grandee is found dead under mysterious circumstances, Hawthorne and Horowitz become embroiled in the case. The island is locked down, no one is allowed on or off, and it soon becomes horribly clear that a murderer lurks in their midst. But who?
Both a brilliant satire on the world of books and writers and an immensely enjoyable locked-room mystery, A Line to Kill is a triumph—a riddle of a story full of brilliant misdirection, beautifully set-out clues, and diabolically clever denouements.
Guest reviewer, Bob’s thoughts:
Mystery readers should rejoice whenever a new book by Anthony Horowitz appears. He has developed a formidable resume of mystery book and screenwriting credits. In A Line to Kill, Daniel Hawthorne returns with his Dr. Watson style bumbling sidekick, Anthony Horowitz playing himself, in their third outing. Although I am not sure that it clears the high bar set by the first two Hawthorne novels, The Word is Murder and the Sentence is Death, it is an outstanding entry in the series.
Hawthorne and Horowitz are on the island of Aldernay at a literary festival to promote The Word is Murder. Aside from allowing Horowitz to put in a tongue-in-cheek plug for his earlier work, he uses the context to take jabs at the literary establishment and its hangers-on. Horowitz is obviously having great fun and he carries the reader along.
As a mystery, Horowitz pays homage to Sherlock Holmes, as well as the “closed circle of suspects” characteristic of the Golden Age of mystery in the lineage of Agatha Christie to P.D. James. He also provides an element of the locked room mystery in the vein of John Dickson Carr. While Horowitz clearly owes a debt to these antecedents, this is not a pastiche; he continues to provide fresh, entertaining contributions to the mystery field. Check it out.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a review copy of this work.
My Rating: 5 Stars
- Publisher : Harper (October 19, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 384 pages