I’m not a huge fan of Anthony Horowitz but I have enjoyed three of his prior mysteries, each from a different series. The Magpie Murders ,The Word Is Murder, and Moonflower Murders https://mybecky.blog/?s=Horowitz These are in two short but different series (out of five). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Horowitz
The Sentence is Death
by Anthony Horowitz 2017 /
Read by Rory Kinnear 8h 56m
Rating: B+/ mystery
The Sentence is Death is the second book in The Word is Murder series featuring author Horowitz and PI Hawthorne.
Horowitz, a writer by trade, is hired by Hawthorne, a private investigator, to write about Hawthorne’s investigation into the death of Richard Pryce, a celebrity divorce lawyer. Yes, Horowitz plays Watson to Hawthorne’s Sherlock. (I love Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson as written by AC Doyle. Fearing disaster, I was very late coming to this show but I don’t read any other Sherlock Holmes spins and there are dozens. But I really enjoyed The Magpie Murders which features Susan Ryeland, an editor, as the protagonist so I opened myself up to The Word Is Murder, the first in this series.
I have yet to read the two books which actually are Sherlock Holmes spins using the great detective himself.
So — back to The Sentence is Death, who killed Richard Price? Hawthorne is called and he calls Horowitz to help with the investigation and write a book.
For the most part, this is an old-fashioned mystery so the clues start dropping in Chapter 2. An expensive but broken bottle of wine next to the victim who was a tee-totaler, numbers painted in green on the wall, and a nasty note apparently from a noted feminist writer.
Hawthorne and Horowitz go out interviewing and putting clues together with Horowitz’s 1st person account.