• The Sentence Is Death

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (2,750 ratings)

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The Sentence Is Death

By: Anthony Horowitz
Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
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Death, deception, and a detective with quite a lot to hide stalk Anthony Horowitz's brilliant murder mystery, the second in the best-selling 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 realizes that these secrets must be exposed - even at the risk of death....

©2019 Anthony Horowitz (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Fairly intriguing story, BUT with nagging irritations

The initial part of the book felt very similar to the first in this series: a murder of suspicious circumstances, a writer in over his head and a detective of arrogant intelligence. So far, so good!

However, I couldn’t recall the narrator having quite as annoying voices for many of the women in the first book, nor that the our main character was so completely incapable of standing up for himself. It was beyond irritating, and I had to put away the book several times and listen to something else in an attempt to soothe my frustration.

3 stars in addition to leaving me doubtful of whether I will be picking up any additional books in this series....

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BE ADVISED...INSANITY & ANGER ENSUES

Loved the book, the plot, the author, and the narrator*.

*There are two characters in the book that have some of the most annoying speech patterns I have ever been subjected to. When they have scenes together and are talking to each other the narration made me want to swerve my car into a bridge pylon (I live in a hands-free phone state, so I could not make it stop until I pulled over - at the time, a fiery death seemed like a better option than continuing on).

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Good story; narration is both very good and very bad

I almost returned this book because of the narration. Most of it is very good - especially the two main characters. But I had to turn it off and switch to reading the library book on kindle when the female police officer and a couple of other supporting characters spoke. The officer’s voice was a shrill squawking that I just could not tolerate. Unfortunately there is a lot of her in this book.

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THE MYSTERY IS: WHY AREN'T YOU READING THIS?!

Full Disclosure: I am an avowed and very devoted fan of Anthony Horowitz's work so I knew I was going to love this book...but I really, really, really loved this book! This is the second of an upcoming quartet of mysteries featuring his detective Hawthorne, with Horowitz writing himself into the story as his sidekick (or, Watson, if you want to know the truth). I love the cross-pollination of Horowitz's life and career in these novels and I love the self-deprecating way he views himself (even though, in real life, he is an amazing writer).

The story involves two deaths, both mysterious. Are they related? They seem to be...but then again...

The narration by Rory Kinnear is top-notch (as it was in the first of this quartet, The Word is Murder). His voice is clear, he reads carefully. is easily understandable and distinguishes the characters well. The book is well-served by his performance.

I love the wry humor that populates the novel, I love the way Horowitz shows us London, I love Hawthorne's understated brilliance and I love Horowitz as his sidekick.

In other words: I love this book!

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Still a fan of Horowitz

This installment of the Detective Daniel Hawthorne series continued to captivate me until the very end. It twisted and turned to the point that I didn't have a clue who had done it til the end. Every time a credible explanation was given I was on-board --- until the next credible explanation. Loved it. The reason for the downgrade in stars is the narrator. He is very good with the male voices, but his female voices were horrible. Not just bad -- horrible and hard to listen to.

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Enough Hawthorn stories.

I have followed Anthony Horowitz throughout Holmes and Watson. Super entertaining and wonderful. I have now read both Hawthorn and Horowitz novels. Sentence Is Death was okay and somewhat disappointing. Can we get back to the exciting world of Holmes and Watson. The private life of tight lipped Hawthorn, has grown thin in interest. Two books are completed with this character. Time to move on!!

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Great mystery

I liked this book maybe more than the first one. Great narrator. And, I liked the story, especially the banter between Tony and Hawthorne.

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This narrator is awful

Wait till you get to chapter 4, and his voice for the female detective. It made me want to jab a screwdriver into my ear. It’s, it’s...it’s so ridiculously bad I am at a loss for words.

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hooked

loved the story and the narrator. such a great listen. Anthony kept the reader guessing till the last page.

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Narration was awful for 3 of the characters

I haven't finished it yet, but I had to comment on how bad the narration is. Usually, when reviews complain I don't think much of it but in this book everyone is right to dislike it.

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