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Review of The Sentence Is Death

December 17, 2018

Review of The Sentence Is Death

This sequel to the bestselling The Word Is Murder once again features no-nonsense, brilliant
detective Daniel Hawthorne, with the author himself, Anthony Horowitz, as his sidekick and it sees
Hawthorne and Horowitz investigate the gruesome murder of a divorce lawyer. Horowitz is perhaps
best known for writing the bestselling children’s thrillers featuring Alex Rider, but has also written two
official new Sherlock Holmes novels, The House Of Silk and Moriarty, as well as an official new
James Bond novel, Trigger Mortis, and the standalone mystery Magpie Murders. He’s also worked on
TV shows such as Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders, Collision and New Blood.

The Sentence Is Death is refreshing in that it offers a traditional mystery in the vein of Agatha Christie, but takes a new approach by including
the real character of the author as one of the detectives.


The Word Is Murder broke new ground in detective fiction, as the author Anthony Horowitz appeared
as the narrator, a Watson to Daniel Hawthorne’s Holmes. In that first novel in the series, Hawthorne,
an advisor to Horowitz for Injustice, one of his many TV series, approached him to have a book
written about him. Once a police officer, Hawthorne had to leave the force when a suspect in a child
pornography case fell down a flight of stairs… but now he works as a consultant for the police, who
reluctantly turn to him when they have a tricky case. Hawthorne is a difficult, mysterious figure and
Horowitz is desperate to find out more about his personal life. All he knows is that Hawthorne lives
alone, having split from his wife and son, that he has an enthusiasm for model making, and is part of
a book group.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

In this second novel in the series, Horowitz and Hawthorne investigate a new case. Divorce lawyer
Richard Pryce is found murdered in his own house, having been bludgeoned and then had his throat
cut by an expensive bottle of wine. Painted on the wall near his body is a series of numbers – 182.
Could his death have something to do with the divorce settlement Pryce recently secured for a
wealthy client? When another man connected to Pryce is found to have died the day before, the case
is blown open. Can Horowitz and Hawthorne find the culprit? The Sentence Is Death is refreshing in
that it offers a traditional mystery in the vein of Agatha Christie, but takes a new approach by including
the real character of the author as one of the detectives.

Written by Ruth, Marketing

The Sentence Is Death by Anthony Horowitz

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