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The Sentence is Death

(Hawthorne #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,429 ratings  ·  290 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published November 1st 2018 by Cornerstone Digital
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J. Griff I’d have let my 14 son/daughter read this. There’s very little profanity, no sexual content or violence. With Horowitz starting off as a teen writer…moreI’d have let my 14 son/daughter read this. There’s very little profanity, no sexual content or violence. With Horowitz starting off as a teen writer he doesn’t use all that to make the story interesting. (less)

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Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yeah, great read! This author, I like him. Not per definition a crime reader I am, but from Magpie Murders I'm kinda hooked on Horowitz. Utterly entertaining. Witty, clever, easy read & 'whodunnit', though I did not see it all coming... 4.3 maybe more. Loved it. Let #3 on private investigator Hawthorne aka Holmes and his assistant 'Watson' come soon. This series is recommended!

Smooth-tongued divorce lawyer Richard Price is bludgeoned to death in his London home. What happened, who did it, an
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
My second close encounter with Mr Horowitz was as good as the first one, and I'm already looking forward to another one. An enjoyable novel with a grand mystery and a bottle of a terribly expensive wine in the background.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2019
Hawthorne is back with his rather abrasive personality and his undoubted skill at finding clues and solving cases. Horowitz features again as himself acting as Hawthorne's sidekick attempting to solve not one but possibly two murders.

Having the author actively involved in his own book makes for some interesting reading. Occasionally I sat back and wondered which bits were fact and which fiction, but in the end it really does not matter. The book is totally enjoyable and very easy to read. There
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Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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
Keep in mind: One lie can ruin a thousand truths.

Anthony Horowitz opens the heavy wrought iron gates on another stellar mystery that feels circa 1930. Anthony becomes a key figure in his own novel as he takes on the role of himself. Horowitz, you see, is the famed writer of Foyle's War, an on-going successful television saga in the UK. He's in the middle of filming a crucial scene on the streets of London when a cab pulls up and spoils the shot.

Anthony recognizes the man who has just exited the
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the first book in this series, The Word Is Murder, Horowitz took the unusual step of placing himself in the book as the narrator, melding his real life with this fictional life as a writer engaged to write about PI Daniel Hawthorne's cases. This made for delightful and amusing reading as Horowitz stumbles through the case in the wake of Hawthorne's somewhat more astute detective work. I wasn't sure how well this would work in a second episode but am happy to report that if anything it worked ...more
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the 2nd novel in the Daniel Hawthorne, Private Investigator series by Anthony Horowitz.
I have not read the 1st book 'The Word is Murder' nor in fact any other books by this author but quickly realised once I started this novel that times were going to change. I was so impressed and enjoyed reading this book that I had already purchased a couple of the authors other books before finishing it.
For me the book had a feel of an older style of detective novel, maybe an Agatha Christie or more
Umut Reviews
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anthony Horowitz never disappoints!

Richard Pryce, 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 182. What does the message mean? Hawthorne and Horowitz 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
Marc Bougharios
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-arcs
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
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mandy White
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible
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!!
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
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.
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
I've not read THE WORD IS MURDER, book one in this series, but I definitely want to after reading this one!

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
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jolly good fun!

The more books I read by this author, the more of them I want to read. No matter who's involved - Sherlock Holmes, James Bond or, in this instance, the author himself - they're clever, witty and thoroughly engrossing. Throw in a little murder, and it just doesn't get better than that.

This one is the second in what I presume will be an ongoing series featuring rather obnoxious private detective Daniel Hawthorne. Horowitz, known as "Tony" to Hawthorne, is the writer of a popular TV
Jul 19, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Anthony Horowitz better be a character in this book 😡😤
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you a) like a baffling mystery and b) you’re a fan of Hercule Poirot then c) it is dead certain this novel will please you.

I didn’t know at first but The Sentence is Death is actually the second in a series following PI Daniel Hawthorne and the writer, Anthony. That’s exactly right, the author of this novel is also acting as a main character, following the PI around in order to write a book (this book) about him. This infusion of some veritable facts mixed with fiction made it quite an except
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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The Sentence is Death is another brilliant novel from one of my favourite authors, Anthony Horowitz. I particularly enjoy this series as it's definitely different from most other 'crime' novels; I love the self-aware style of writing. Anthony Horowitz writes as himself, having been employed to write three books about ex-Detective Hawthorne. This is the second - the first one being The Word is Murder, another great novel [read my review here] - and throughout A
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-fiction
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Bill Lynas
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne returns in the sequel to The Word Is Murder. Once again he teams up with sidekick Anthony Horowitz (the author himself) and once again they are on the trail of a murderer.
As with their previous adventure there is plenty of humour, most of it at the author's expense! I love the eloquent plotting & the nice mixture of what I feel must be the "real" Anthony Horowitz & the "fictional" one. However, what I like most is that this novel is quite simply Fun
Ann Girdharry
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like Anthony Horowitz books and this one was pretty different to the others I've read.

Basically it's more of a slow-burn mystery. More of an Agatha Christie or Sherlock, old-style detective story.

The core mystery seems to be based on a true story, though it was difficult to understand whether the elements (letters, historical articles etc.) which were added in to the story, were actually 'real' or part of the fictional book (I found this lack of clarity annoying, though perhaps it was my lack
Immensely enjoyable and very clever crime thriller in which the author plays a most unusual role. Every bit as good as The Word Is Murder. Roll on book 3. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this more than I actually did as I think Mr Horowitz is a fine author. Sadly this felt like a rehash of the previous book in the series.

Having said that, if you'd come to this book cold and read it as a standalone, it would be perfectly fine so perhaps I'm being overly critical.

The whole DI Grunshaw subplot, however, was unnecessary and a bit ridiculous.
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Horowitz has kept the promise he created in his first book in this series, alive and well in the second one. My only sadness is that I have no more Daniel Hawthorne to read at the moment and must wait for 'Tony' to write some more.

The way he mixes up reality and fiction has me with my finger on my kindle and another on my search engine checking things out. Me, another Sherlock in the making.

Now to the story. Horowitz gives the clues then he does his utmost to confuse you and make you forget them
Patricia Kaiser
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first five-star-book in 2019 and I absolutely loved it!
The story is gripping, I had no clue who the murderer was throughout the book but in the end it all made perfect sense, just how a good detective story should be!
I don't know why but I just love the way Anthony Horowitz tells a story.
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it

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I remember the feeling I had when I read the first of the novels where Anthony H appears as a character in his own novel. Wow I thought, did that just happen? Well it did and this is a second one just as good as the first with a twisty tale of intrigue.

It's a fascinating angle for a book as Horowitz writes of his issues of waiting around on film sets, how writers might be on a film set . As the book opens he is - on the set of Foyle's war no less when Micha
Joanne Robertson
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing

If you’ve not read The Word is Murder yet then I highly recommend you do so before starting this book. The narrative is so unexpectedly crafted that I don’t think you could just jump into book 2 of this series without reading the first book to feature Hawthorne, a unique detective who could give Sherlock Holmes a good run for his money any day of the week!

Once again a baffling murder case means the police call in Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne and he takes along his partner in crime, the
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the second book in Horowitz’s Hawthorne series. It’s not absolutely necessary to read the first book, The Word Is Murder, before this one, but I would strongly recommend it. That’s in part because this series has an unusual premise that’s explained in more detail in the first book. The premise is that Anthony Horowitz, the author, is writing a fictional series in which Hawthorne is a sort of a downmarket Sherlock Holmes-ish genius, with Horowitz himself acting as Hawthorne’s Watson. Not ...more
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Anthony Horowitz, OBE is ranked alongside Enid Blyton and Mark A. Cooper as "The most original and best spy-kids authors of the century." (New York Times). Anthony has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age of twenty. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books, he is also the writer and creator of award winning detective series Foyle’s War, and more recent ...more

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