A Line to Kill by Anthony Horowitz – Book Review

A Line to Kill by Anthony Horowitz – Book Review

A Line to Kill by Anthony Horowitz

A Line to Kill
A Hawthorne and Horowitz Mystery Book Three

Author – Anthony Horowitz
Publisher – Century
Pages – 368
Released – 19th August 2021
ISBN-13 – 978-1529124309
Format – ebook, paperback, hardcover, audio
Rating – 5 Stars
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‘I couldn’t see the sea from my bedroom but I could hear the waves breaking in the distance. They reminded me that I was on a tiny island. And I was trapped.’

There has never been a murder on Alderney.

It’s a tiny island, just three miles long and a mile and a half wide. The perfect location for a brand-new literary festival. Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne has been invited to talk about his new book. The writer, Anthony Horowitz, travels with him.

Very soon they discover that all is not as it should be. Alderney is in turmoil over a planned power line that will cut through it, desecrating a war cemetery and turning neighbour against neighbour.

The visiting authors – including a blind medium, a French performance poet and a celebrity chef – seem to be harbouring any number of unpleasant secrets.

When the festival’s wealthy sponsor is found brutally killed, Alderney goes into lockdown and Hawthorne knows that he doesn’t have to look too far for suspects.

There’s no escape. The killer is still on the island. And there’s about to be a second death…

Review by Stacey

I’ll begin by saying I didn’t do my research on this book before agreeing to review it. I didn’t realise it was part of a series, however, it works as a standalone.

The story is unlike anything I have ever read before, given that the author has written himself as one of the characters. Anthony Horowitz has written a book featuring ex-detective Daniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne is quite a reserved character and the two seem to have a strained relationship. The publishers would like the pair to go to a literary festival on the island of Alderney and do a Q&A session.

Once there it isn’t long before a murder occurs, the first one to ever take place on the island. With the two seasonal police officers no longer on the island and the local bobby at home with a bad back, Hawthorne is asked to take a look at the scene whilst they await help. When the detectives do arrive they have every faith in Hawthorne and allow him to run a parallel investigation to their own.

When I began the book I was a little unsure of the way it was written, it feels quite like a memoir in that everything is recalled and the author talks directly to you about what is happening. At first, I read two chapters and put it down but a week later I picked it up again and began reading and didn’t stop for the next few hours.

It took a while to get to the first murder scene which would normally annoy me, but given I hadn’t read the first two books it was nice to get to know the characters and immerse myself in the festival and the lives of the writers, staff, and visitors there.

The idea of setting the story on a tiny island is fantastic, as it heightened the tension knowing that the murderer couldn’t get away and must be one of the people at the festival.

I loved the banter between the characters and the weird relationship between Horowitz and Hawthorne, it is like they disliked each other but knew they had to work together. I enjoyed the twists in the story of how some of the characters knew one another. Hawthorne reminded me of Sherlock Holmes the way he analyses a scene and likes to point out things others will have missed.

A Line to Kill is a gripping, entertaining, and ingenious novel. I now have some catching up to do with the previous books in the series. If you are a thriller/detective lover grab a copy of this book, it really is as intriguing and interesting as that cover looks.

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Author Info

Anthony Horowitz a line to kill

Anthony Horowitz, OBE is ranked alongside Enid Blyton and Mark A. Cooper as “The most original and best spy-kids authors of the century.” (New York Times). Anthony has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age of twenty. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books, he is also the writer and creator of award winning detective series Foyle’s War, and more recently event drama Collision, among his other television works he has written episodes for Poirot, Murder in Mind, Midsomer Murders and Murder Most Horrid. Anthony became patron to East Anglia Children’s Hospices in 2009.

On 19 January 2011, the estate of Arthur Conan Doyle announced that Horowitz was to be the writer of a new Sherlock Holmes novel, the first such effort to receive an official endorsement from them and to be entitled the House of Silk.

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4 Responses

  1. Scookie says:

    It’s always annoying when you realise you’ve accidentally started mid-series – and then great when the book still manages to be awesome. Glad you enjoyed it.

  2. DJ Sakata says:

    This sounds like my kind of book and a tasty read. Thank you for sharing the info, he is a new name to me. I ran to Netgalley and put in a request.

  3. Thank you Scookie. I know what you mean. Some books don’t make it obvious that they are part of a series.

  4. Thanks DJ. I can’t believe you have never heard of the author. Glad you have also gotten yourself a copy.