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  • Writer's pictureJulie Mackin

The Poison Pen

In which the writer might not know all

The Sentence Is Death by Anthony Horowitz

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52 Book Club Reading Challenge Prompt #47 - Self Insert by the Author


This is why I love book challenges; the suggestions from 52 Book Club about one of their prompts sent me to the Hawthorne and Horowitz series by Anthony Horowitz. It was the perfect mashup for me: a loose retelling of Sherlock Holmes, with an author creating a fictionalized version of himself as Watson. The fact that it is written by a writer of my favorite British detective shows was a huge bonus. This was just a fun book, pulling me right in during my 6am drive to work! 

I was going to do a quick breakdown of the plot, but let’s be honest, it doesn’t really matter who is murdered or why. This is a Sherlock Holmes style cozy murder mystery. All the gruesome stuff happens off-screen and, unlike Midsommer, there are only two deaths. You know that Hawthorne is going to figure it out and you know that even though Horowitz thinks he knows what is going on, he doesn’t. We are going to have to wait for Hawthorne to enlighten us. Much like when I read a romance, and I know I am going to get my happily ever after, when I read a mystery like this, I know my murderer will be caught and brought to justice. Plus, Horowitz provides insight into being an author for both books and television.

If you like British humor and are looking for an entertaining murder series, then this is a good bet. I didn’t realize I had started with the 2nd book in the series (I think I was a little overexcited when it was ready to borrow on Libby) but I don’t think it mattered, Horowitz brings the reader up to speed pretty quickly. I’ll be reading the rest of the books in the series. And finally get around to reading Magpie Murders!


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