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Book review: A Line to Kill — by Anthony Horowitz


The third Hawthorne and Horowitz Mystery, this whodunnit may be my favorite in the series. It’s a bit lighter (but yes, still a murder mystery), it pokes fun at itself even more, and the plot is meta as ever (Horowitz includes a bit wherein he comes up with the actual title for the second book in the series), but not so twisty that you need a diagram. But there is a map, as in any classic mystery that takes place on an island, thus a limited suspect list and heightened suspense. Horowitz and Hawthorne, or should we say Hawthorne and Horowitz, are invited to participate in a U.K. literary festival on a Channel Island with a less-than-distinguished roster of writers. It’s quite an odd bunch—could one of them be capable of murder? Hawthorne is, naturally, both opaque and brilliant in his detective work, having been tasked with assisting in this “inaugural” crime on this tiny island. Horowitz, meanwhile, is scrambling, in real time, to catch up with his descriptions and setting of the story so this can be, yes, the third in the series, all while avoiding missteps in the investigation. Add a blind psychic, a French performance poet, and a dark character from Hawthorne’s past and you’ve got a great, classic-feeling, very entertaining, contemporary mystery. 

— Reviewed by Jenny Lyons. Connect with her on Instagram @jennysbookshop to find more great book reviews and recommendations. Look for these titles and more at your local bookstore.

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