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The Sentence Is Death

A Novel
Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
Series: Detective Daniel Hawthorne, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (566 ratings)

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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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Excellent Book 2!!!

This Follow up in the Hawthorne Series did not disappoint. I had this in my wishlist for months when book 2 was announced.

Rory Kinnear's performance was brilliant as ever. No one captures the uniqueness of each character as he does.

The premise of this mystery was intriguing from the get go. What makes me enjoy these books is how effortlessly Mr. Horowitz intertwines his own real life into fiction.

Hope Book 3 comes soon!!!

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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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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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Hawthorne and Horowitz together again

The second book in a great series ! I like the way the author has made himself a character in the narrative; it's well done and very creative, plus it allows him to add bits of insight into the life of an author. ( for book lovers like myself, this is so intriguing)
The mystery is well-constructed, with lots of potential suspects and plenty of action. Maybe a few too many red herrings, but overall, very entertaining. The narrator is wonderful.

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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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Better each time

This one was better than the first one and I enjoyed that. the narrator is terrific! I’m looking forward to the next novel.

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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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Great storyline and narration!

if you like mystery " who-done-it? " type of stories, this is a good one. It felt slow at first but it's definitely worth the read "or listen"!