Death, deception, and a detective with quite a lot to hide stalk the pages of Anthony Horowitz’s brilliant new murder mystery, the second in the bestselling series starring Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne.
‘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 realises that these secrets must be exposed – even at the risk of death…
I love the way this is written, the fiction mixed with fact, it’s just so original and entertaining.
Anthony Horowitz is an author, who works alongside the investigator Daniel Hawthorne, an ex-police officer, because he is in a 3 Book contract to document the crimes and investigations he is looking into.
He’s not sure if he likes Daniel, due to his manner, casual homophobia and racism, but he is an excellent investigator and they get mixed up in all sorts of scrapes, with Anthony usually coming off worse.
There are mentions of Horowitz real life work, on tv series such as Midsomer Murder and Foyles War and his books like the Alex Rider series, which all lend such a feeling of reality you forget this is fiction.
The characters are all so believable, I really want to know more about Hawthorne and his background as I’m sure there’s more to come. The story itself is fast paced and with its touches of humour is totally engaging and has the great twists and turns of a classic whodunnit. I can thoroughly recommend it.
I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review