Wednesday, June 09, 2021

On My Radar: Anthony Horowitz's A Line to Kill

 

I originally became acquainted with Anthony Horowitz through his marvelous work in television-- Foyle's War, Midsomer Murders, Poirot... Then it was on to his books. I started with his two excellent Sherlock Holmes mysteries, and since then I've just kept on going. If Anthony Horowitz has a book published, chances are, I'm going to be reading it. Which is why you know I grinned when I learned that he has another Hawthorne & Horowitz mystery coming out.

Let me tell you more about it!

 

Available 21 October 2021!

Here's the synopsis:

"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."

Certainly sounds like a good'un, doesn't it? Are you an Anthony Horowitz fan... or is he a new-to-you author? Or... are you familiar with his television series? Inquiring minds would love to know!

10 comments:

  1. Oh, I like Horowitz, too, Cathy. I've not read all of his work, but what I have read has been great. This looks like a solid blurb for a good story. Not that my TBR needs any additions *sigh*...

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    1. Neither does mine, but that doesn't mean I'm going to stop adding books to it! ;-)

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  2. Horowitz was unknown to me (at least consciously) until I picked up Magpie Murders in a small indie bookshop in upstate New York. I loved it. Besides being an excellent writer with well drawn characters and an interesting story, Horowitz giving us a book within a book made me very happy as a reader. Two books between the same covers in different voices...wow! I was on high alert for more mysteries from Horowitz. The came the first Hawthorne/Horowitz story, The Word is Murder where the author inserted himself into the story in a clever and amusing way and wow! this guy is a genius. Two very good and very different series and he is firmly on my must list.

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    1. The two Sherlock books he wrote with the express permission of Conan Doyle's estate are very goo, too. I don't know if Sherlock is of any interest to you though. Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. What a mind this man has-- to be so good in so many things!

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  4. Horowitz is not an author I have read. However, Midsommer Murders is a show I enjoy. This one does sound good!

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  5. I haven't read Horowitz, Cathy, but now I wonder if I've seen some of his television work. I have been sampling the various seasons of Midsomer Murders lately, so maybe so. The book you feature here has a lot going for it.

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    1. Horowitz was with the early years of Midsomer Murders. Have you watched any episodes of Foyle's War?

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