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A Line to Kill

By: Anthony Horowitz
Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
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The New York Times best-selling author of the brilliantly inventive The Word Is Murder and The Sentence Is Death returns with his third literary whodunit featuring intrepid detectives Hawthorne and Horowitz.

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 best-selling 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, this audiobook is a triumph - a riddle of a story full of brilliant misdirection, beautifully set-out clues, and diabolically clever denouements.

©2021 Anthony Horowitz (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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I have learned my lesson...make a one night listen

I visited Guernsey on a long ago Easter week break: when it wasn't raining, it was misting. Good for walking, dolmen and standing stone viewing and walking even more along winding roads bordered by potato plantings. So, well, Alderley, yeah, I could sort of envision it , this narrow slip of wave tossed island, its unutterably grim reminders of concentration camp crulties and famine, yet nowadways a jolly summer holiday destination. Relieved author did not pick Sark; Mervyn Peake rather plumbed that setting deeply enough in the Gormenghast trilogy.)

I have mistakenly tried to parcel out my previous listenings of the dourly mysterious and ever observant Hawthorne and the slightly flummoxed Amthony, whose propensity for hurling himself off his back foot makes him occasionally irritating, yet winsomely endearing.

So the very day this latest offering became available on Audible, i made a cup of coffee, checked to see if I had enough cigarettes (Hawthorne an addict and Anthony muttering the non-smoker snide asides) and settled back for an eening of
interrupted listening.

Result!

Anthony did not disappont: well, in this reader's experience, he never does. I only wish I were a 14 year old boy (I am neither) to enjoy the Alex Ryder series. I was a big fan of "Foyle's War" only I admit that once Mr Foyle's war came to a conclusion, I rather lost interest. His previous novels, always on Audible, have made me a guaranteed and devoted fan.

I get the feeling ... perhaps I am incorrect ... that Hawthorne and Michael Kitchen's interpretation of "Foyle" bear an uncanny resemblance. I seem to recall that Anthony wrote "Foyle" as never answering a question, only asking another question in reply.

And now we come to Rees. And "Billy". The game of Anthony and Hawthorne appears to be close to being a' foot! Can't wait!

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Horowitz does it again!!

Author Anthony Horowitz is one clever mystery writer. In his Inspector Daniel Hawthorne series, Horowitz, in good fun, writes himself into the series as the author who pens novels about the retired Inspector’s cases. Inspector Hawthorne doesn’t always treat his author well, is generally downright dismissive of anything “Tony” has to say or offer. The banter between Hawthorne and ersatz Horowitz is part of the joy of reading the series.

In this story, Hawthorne and Horowitz are invited to an “exclusive” yet low-rate Penguin Random House literary festival on a small island off the south coast of England. No noteworthy author has been invited, because well, all the famous authors turned them down. Other guests include a children’s book author Anne Cleary (NOT to be confused with the real life and wonderful children’s author Beverly Cleary), blind psychic Elizabeth Lovell, war historian George Elin, a French performance poet Maissa Lamar and TV Chef Marc Bellamy. None of these speakers are expected to draw crowds, which is why imitation Horowitz is flummoxed as to why they are attending.

True to Horowitz form, there is a murder right as the festival begins. A gentleman, who owns an online gambling company is found dead, stabbed to death. What is unusual, is he taped to a chair with his right hand free. The island has no residing police force, so Hawthorne decides to take the lead on the murder. Of course, a second murder complicates the investigations. Furthermore, the men discover that a controversial power line is planned to be developed on the island adding fodder for motive.

Also true to Horowitz form are the adorable quirky characters, including the ersatz Horowitz. But the most fun is what Horowitz has with his own character and the literary industry.


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Worth the wait!

I preordered this when the wait time was in the triple digits. The author and narrator gave a story that was 100% worth the wait, as usual.
This series gets better with each progression, and now I’m looking forward to the next opportunity to preorder book 4!
Highly recommend this whole series.

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If you’ve been reading the series so far, you’ll enjoy this one

I stumbled upon Anthony Horowitz with The Magpie Murders, another series he is currently writing. And since then have read most of his (non YA) books. He’s not exactly cozy, but very British murder mystery writer. Very clever, often funny in the tradition of Christie and the rest. I don’t miss any of his books and am always excited at a new release even of none of them are earth shattering, shocking or very fresh. They are nonetheless a joy to read and great fun. I always want more.

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It’s ok

Read this one pretty quickly. It had all the key components for a great mystery, but something was off and I can only think it was the performance.

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You, Anthony, and Hawthorne, on a 'road trip'

Like finding those comfy slippers, you easily slip into.
But Hawthorne and Horowitz an unlikely partnership, are now on a Book Tour,
The situations they encounter kept me compelled,
The details of the prominent characters, so well defined.
On a personal note, I got a lesson in WW2 history, that was stunning.
I suppose I've become a fan of the book being read to me, Although tonight, I'm reading again, the Magpie Murders.
At the completion, I realized there are now questions I'd liked answered.
But, perhaps there will be another with this pair, and my questions will get answered.
I recommend the story, the reader, the humor and even the deaths....enjoy.

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This is a great series

Another fun, twisty mystery in this excellent series. I really like the concept of having the author be part of the story. And the narrator is great.

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Another great Horowitz novel

A great series. The author weaves an excellent tale. the narration is also flawless.

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A Good Listen

I've enjoyed this series and hope there are more.
The performance was very good, though Hawthorne did seem to lose his voice a bit in chapter 13. I think the characters voice lost some depth, and just sounded a bit off. Certainly understandable considering the number of voices the reader had to work with.
It's also worth checking out the history of Alderney after you're well into the book. You'll recognize some place and, imparticular, one major name from the story.

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Another Great Hawthorne-and-Horowitz Mystery!

I love Anthony Horowitz's novels and am especially fond of his Hawthorne-and-Horowitz mysteries. They are challenging but also fun and extremely witty.

This third book in the collection is no different. The modern-day Sherlock-and-Watson duo is off to Alderney to attend a literary festival. It becomes immediately clear that most of the participants and attendees are there to see and meet Hawthorne, which is irritating to Horowitz since he's the author of Hawthorne's detective adventures. And the festival is rather low-key, filled with low-tier authors which is more annoying still to Horowitz.

And then...a body is found murdered and the detective and his sort-of partner become embroiled in trying to figure out the culprit.

I listened to the book through Audible and this one, like the previous two, is narrated by the exemplary Rory Kinnear.

This is another winner by Anthony Horowitz!

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