The Sentence is Death

The Sentence is Death

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 law...

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The Sentence is Death Reviews

  • Susan

    I adored, “The Word is Murder,” the first in the Daniel Hawthorne series, and was delighted to receive the second, “The Silence is Death,” for review. As before, Anthony Horowitz, or ‘Tony,’ as Hawthorne calls him, is very much telling the story as himself. Horowitz is working on a television series when the book begins, and Hawthorne’s reappearance is cleverly introduced – his arrival causing unintentional mayhem and annoyance.

    As before, Hawthorne is wonderfully irritating and yet has a bizarr

    I adored, “The Word is Murder,” the first in the Daniel Hawthorne series, and was delighted to receive the second, “The Silence is Death,” for review. As before, Anthony Horowitz, or ‘Tony,’ as Hawthorne calls him, is very much telling the story as himself. Horowitz is working on a television series when the book begins, and Hawthorne’s reappearance is cleverly introduced – his arrival causing unintentional mayhem and annoyance.

    As before, Hawthorne is wonderfully irritating and yet has a bizarre fascination for Horowitz. A sort of Seventies throwback, with definitely non-politically correct views and language; Horowitz finds him exasperating and is yet admiring of his ability to solve the most bizarre of crimes. Indeed, when Hawthorne states they have another murder to investigate, you know it will be something special.

    A divorce lawyer, Richard Pryce, has been murdered with an extremely expensive bottle of wine. This bizarre murder sees the pair becoming immersed in the investigation, with Horowitz gleefully having a lot of fun with the world of publishing. Pryce had been involved in a celebrity divorce, involving the author, Akira Anno, a writer of literary fiction, who visibly sneers at Horowitz.

    However, the divorce is only one possible strand of the investigation. This is a brilliantly executed plot, full of twists and turns. One motive involves the case that the lawyer was working on, then there is an incident in the past which may be involved and, then again, there are the usual issues with personal relationships and money. Along the way, Horowitz also tries to find out more about Hawthorne’s past and longs to solve the mystery before anyone else, while falling foul of the aggressive D.I. Cara Grunshaw and trying to juggle all of his writing commitments.

    I really feel that this is growing into an excellent series. In the novel, Horowitz claims to have a three book deal, writing about Hawthorne. You can only hope that he will continue the series beyond that point. It is a joy and I love the way that the author manages to insert so much of his own experiences, albeit in a fictional way, to create such an enjoyable read. I loved every part of the novel set around the world of publishing in particular, but every page was wonderfully enjoyable. I do feel that Daniel Hawthorne has a lot more to offer. Highly recommended. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, for review.

  • NZLisaM

    , a high profile divorce attorney, is murdered in his home, bludgeoned to death with a two thousand quid bottle of wine, which is strange in itself as the victim didn’t drink alcohol. Even stranger, written on the wall near the body are the numerals

    . What does the message mean?

    and

    are called to investigate.

    As per usual I was hooked from the onset, and couldn’t put the book down. Interesting and engaging characters, a suspec

    , a high profile divorce attorney, is murdered in his home, bludgeoned to death with a two thousand quid bottle of wine, which is strange in itself as the victim didn’t drink alcohol. Even stranger, written on the wall near the body are the numerals

    . What does the message mean?

    and

    are called to investigate.

    As per usual I was hooked from the onset, and couldn’t put the book down. Interesting and engaging characters, a suspect who threatened the victim with a wine bottle in the weeks before his death, two seemingly accidental deaths, past secrets, corrupt detectives, and a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into shooting

    made this a compelling, addictive read, and a wonderful addition to an amazing series. There was a brief moment of uncertainty when I wondered if the mystery was going to be too predictable, but I should’ve known better, because not only did the plot go in a completely different, unexpected direction, but there was also a surprising revelation unveiled at the last second.

    I’m not sure how similar the real

    is to the one portrayed in the books, but I just adore the way he pokes fun at himself. There are some hilarious moments as

    not only attempts to outwit and solve the mystery ahead of

    , but also tries to discover more about the man as a person.

    is his usual un-charming and unhelpful self, annoying

    to no end right from his first appearance.

    Just like

    I love the chosen title

    , and how it was woven into the plot.

    continues to be one of my favourite current writers. He could write about paint drying and I’d lap it up. The king of the modern

    style murder mystery.

  • Marc Bougharios

    4.5 stars

    Once again (again), Horowitz does not disappoint. I can honestly say that I will read whatever this man writes because he has a way of writing that is so hard not to love. It’s impossible.

    Both Horowitz and Hawthorne are in this novel, and I just want to say that their partnership is a very weird one. I wouldn’t call them friends, but they aren’t so much acquaintances? It’s so hard to describe what they are but that’s the fun think about their partnership. In this novel, we are introdu

    4.5 stars

    Once again (again), Horowitz does not disappoint. I can honestly say that I will read whatever this man writes because he has a way of writing that is so hard not to love. It’s impossible.

    Both Horowitz and Hawthorne are in this novel, and I just want to say that their partnership is a very weird one. I wouldn’t call them friends, but they aren’t so much acquaintances? It’s so hard to describe what they are but that’s the fun think about their partnership. In this novel, we are introduced to a new character, Detective Cara, which you will easily despise. She is the protagonist of this novel and I can honestly say that I would’ve liked her to be killed off.

    The plot was once again extraordinarily twisty and it’s such a fun read! Horowitz’s murders are always fun to read because it’s a little funny how Horowitz tries to figure it out before Hawthorne every time. I do wanna say that it’s not a plot that you will figure out and I was very shocked when all was revealed.

    I could read Horowitz all day everyday, his books are just that amazing. The thing that I love most about every Horowitz books is how he writes himself as a writer. It’s just so interesting and it’s a very risky move but it works so well with the whole novel. It even makes it a little more enjoyable to read in a way.

    I would’ve liked to learn a little more about Hawthorne since we don’t really know who he is at all aside from this foul mouthed ex detective. I was almost sure that we would get a glimpse of what his childhood was like, but sadly we didn’t.

    Overall it’s a very good mystery with the best set of characters. One you will enjoy for sure!

    Thank you Penguin Random House and Century Books for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    To be honest didn't I know a damn thing about the story before I started to read/listen to this book (yes I tend to mix it when I have the chance, listen at work, read and listen at home). And to find that Anthony Horowitz has written two books with himself as a character was a great joy (such a fun idea). He's like Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne's own Watson. Although, their worki

    To be honest didn't I know a damn thing about the story before I started to read/listen to this book (yes I tend to mix it when I have the chance, listen at work, read and listen at home). And to find that Anthony Horowitz has written two books with himself as a character was a great joy (such a fun idea). He's like Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne's own Watson. Although, their working relationship is a bit strained. Anthony isn't even sure he likes Hawthorne that much. I, however, find both of them enjoyable.

    Anyway, there has been a murder and Anthony and Hawthorne is out to find out the truth. Anthony also struggles with an episode of Foyle's War (love that series, this book made me wanna rewatch it). As a new reader to this series was this my first encounter with the characters, and I loved getting to know them. And just like Anthony do I want to know more about Hawthorne. I had a blast reading this book and I although I saw one of the big twists a mile away did I really love the ending of the book!

  • Umut Reviews

    Another witty crime book from Horowitz. If you liked The Word Is Murder, you will enjoy this one too. I thought it was better than the first, the case being more cohesive.

    There were convenient coincidences after all, but still an enjoyable read.

  • Emma

    3.5 stars rounded up.

    I very much enjoyed the first book and this one was also a good read. His style in this series is very chatty, like he is actually in the room telling you about his day. I’m still confused about how much of this is true.. thanks to Netgalley for an arc of this book.

  • Lou

    The Sentence is Death, the second novel to feature ex-policeman and Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne, has an old-school, authentic atmosphere to it much like the crime classics of Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle. Horowitz focusses on mystery, suspense, intrigue and keeping it clean, rather than gratuitous violence or profanity, so if you like your reads clean, then this is a fantastic choice!

    Here, the author pairs up with Hawthorne to investigate the suspicious death of divorce lawye

    The Sentence is Death, the second novel to feature ex-policeman and Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne, has an old-school, authentic atmosphere to it much like the crime classics of Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle. Horowitz focusses on mystery, suspense, intrigue and keeping it clean, rather than gratuitous violence or profanity, so if you like your reads clean, then this is a fantastic choice!

    Here, the author pairs up with Hawthorne to investigate the suspicious death of divorce lawyer Richard Pryce, and with many interesting characteristics, Anthony and Daniel race against time and against the police to solve the crime. As always, there are plenty of suspenseful moments, red herrings and discreet clues to whet your appetite but stop short of revealing too much. Hawthorne is a superb character, irritating and more than a little odd, but he is a proficient investigator and that's all that really matters in his line of work. His views are certainly outdated and likely to rub people up the wrong way. He sometimes comes across as having accidentally stepped out of the 70s or 80s into the modern day! Horowitz's use of the novel as a device for getting out some of his annoyances regarding the publishing world is a work of genius and an excellent and non-confrontational method in which to do so - biography masked as fiction!

    With a masterfully executed plot, exceptional characterisation and lots of unexpected surprises, I hope the following additions to the series are just as engaging! The author using himself as a character is most refreshing and certainly a unique selling point!

    Many thanks to Century for an ARC. I was not required to post a review, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  • Ova - Excuse My Reading

    Sentence is Death starts with the murder of a divorce lawyer and Horowitz sets to write a second book of this case alongside working with Hawthorne. The victim had been threatened by a well-known, award winning and fiercely literary writer and his husband seems to be hiding things… Of course, there are also issues from the past that bubbles up in surface of the case. Who visited the victim before he died, and why is there a number on the crime scene?

    This was such a fun read, and

    Sentence is Death starts with the murder of a divorce lawyer and Horowitz sets to write a second book of this case alongside working with Hawthorne. The victim had been threatened by a well-known, award winning and fiercely literary writer and his husband seems to be hiding things… Of course, there are also issues from the past that bubbles up in surface of the case. Who visited the victim before he died, and why is there a number on the crime scene?

    This was such a fun read, and I genuinely can’t wait for the 3rd book. I really feel desperate to know more about Hawthorne, as much as poor Horowitz in this book.

  • Mandy White

    This is the second book in this series and I am really enjoying it. Love that the author narrates it and is a character in the books. High recommended!!

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