The Sentence Is Death

The Sentence Is Death

A Novel

eBook - 2019 | First U.S. edition
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"You shouldn't be here. It's too late . . . " These, heard over the phone, were the last recorded words of successful celebrity-divorce lawyer Richard Pryce, found bludgeoned to death in his bachelor pad with a bottle of wine - a 1982 Chateau Lafite worth 3,000, to be precise. Odd, considering he didn't drink. Why this bottle? And why those words? And why was a three-digit number painted on the wall by the killer? And, most importantly, which of the man's many, many enemies did the deed? Baffled, the police are forced to bring in Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, the author Anthony, who's really getting rather good at this murder investigation business. But as Hawthorne takes on the case with characteristic relish, it becomes clear that he, too, has secrets to hide. As our reluctant narrator becomes ever more embroiled in the case, he realizes that these secrets must be exposed - even at the risk of death.-- Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062676856
Characteristics: 1 online resource (373 pages)


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Nov 07, 2020

2nd book in series. 1st book in series is The Word is Murder. Daniel Hawthorne. For TV he did Foyle's War and Midsomer Murders.

Jul 06, 2020

I really enjoyed this book! It was an absolute pleasure to read. Even though the novel was maybe on the "long" side, it seemed like the story went quickly. Anthony and Hawthorne are so unconventional but so much fun to read. I loved this one! More Horowitz, please!!

Jul 06, 2020

I am enjoying this series--the author is part of the story and he is quite happy to make himself the Watson instead of the Sherlock, which makes his presence fun rather than insufferable. A well-plotted mystery and good collection of characters.

Feb 24, 2020

The Sentence Is Death by Anthony Horowitz provides humor and a tongue in cheek detective story. Ex-inspector Hawthorne exhibits Sherlock Holmes tendencies, while the sidekick author, Anthony Horowitz bumbles among missing all the clues. Horowitz, like Dr. Watson, records the progress of the investigation. The story displays humor and many red herrings. Who killed the divorce lawyer, Richard Pryce, with an expensive bottle of 1982 Chateau Lafite wine? As Hawthorne and Horowitz follow the clues, another man dies. Suicide or murder? Does the drowning death of a fellow cave dweller play into the deaths? Horowitz also uses the novel to laud his television scriptwriting endeavors.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Feb 18, 2020

Anthony Horowitz fictionalizes himself and casts himself as the Watson to detective Daniel Hawtorne's Sherlock in this mystery series. It's a surprisingly effective gimmick. I enjoyed this second book in the series!

Nov 15, 2019

Although I guessed the murderer 1/2 way through the novel, I enjoyed the story and the characters. Horowitz and Hawthorne make a great team.

Oct 11, 2019

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I loved Magpie Murders so I was excited to read The Word Is Murder last year. While I enjoyed Anthony Horowitz adding himself in his fictionalized book, I wasn't crazy about the story and felt it was a bit too long. With first books, sometimes you need to set up the background , so I was definitely going to continue the series. I found the same issues (for me) again, so I just finished this novel, barely. I think I am going to stop here for the series. I do hope that there is more Magpie Murder-like books.

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

Aug 05, 2019

I agree with another reviewer that this book isn't as strong as Horowitz's first one in this series, The Word is Murder, but I still found it a fun, quick read. Neither one holds a candle to his stand-alone Magpie Murders - if you missed that one, go remedy that immediately!

Jul 30, 2019

In a word: Disappointing. I really enjoyed the first book in this series “The Word is Murder” but found this book slow to start and overly predictable.

Jul 27, 2019

Light but clever summer read;

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