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The Sentence is Death

(Hawthorne #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,756 ratings  ·  509 reviews
Death, deception, and a detective with quite a lot to hide stalk the pages of Anthony Horowitz’s brilliant 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 lawyer Richard Pryce, found bludg
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 28th 2019 by Harper (first published November 1st 2018)
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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
(Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
Horowitz and Hawthorne are perfection together! I can't get enough of this series. I love how the author has put himself into the story as the narrator - the Watson to Hawthorne's Holmes or as I like to think of them, the Felix Unger to his Oscar Madison. Horowitz comes off as honest, sympathetic, earnest and willing to poke fun at himself. Hawthorne is decidedly uncharming, brash, politically incorrect and I kinda have a soft spot for him. There is definitely a back story there and I am here fo ...more
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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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
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
What a terrific whodunit! This series is a homage to the Golden Age of mystery writers, although with a modern bent, and I loved every minute of it. It’s very clever how the author inserts himself into the story as the narrator, adds in tidbits from his real life, and pokes a little fun at himself, which makes this a fun, unique read.

Tony is an author hired to write a series of books about Daniel Hawthorne, a disgraced former police detective turned PI, and accompanies him as he works his cases
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
Looking for a great book to get us out of a bit of a rut, Jan and I decided to give The Sentence is Death a go. Happily we were very surprised and elated that the second book in the Hawthorne series became a favorite and brought us back to the days of a true and wonderful mystery story. Keep them coming Mr Horowitz, for we are anxious to see where you take yourself and Hawthorne next, for we are sure to follow.

Mr Horowitz with his usual flair for cleverness has once again teemed up with his ers
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
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mandy White
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Private detective Daniel Hawthorne is called in by the police to investigate the murder of a well-known divorce lawyer. He inveigles Anthony Horowitz into joining the investigation so he can write another book about Hawthorne (just as he did in “The Word is Murder.”) Horowitz is a reluctant participant but his commitment to his publisher to continue writing about Hawthorne, his growing absorption in the case, and his desire to solve it before Hawthorne does soon finds him totally involved in the ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clever and savvy London entertainment a la Horowitz. Author “eyes” supreme!

Well, here it is; I have arrived at a computer.

Daniel Hawthorne #2 is told in the first person narrative from Anthony himself. And it's told in the inside / out and roundabout fashion of two suspicious deaths less than 24 hours apart in London. Old prep school friends and what else did they have in common? Was the tube accident an accident? And what about their women and their present day lifestyles? Where does it all con
Jill Meyer
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, what do you think - as a reader - about noted British author Anthony Horowitz writing a mystery novel where he - Horowitz - is both the main character and the narrator? The only thing he's not in his new book, "The Sentence is Death", is the murder victim, but he's only on his second book in his "Hawthorne" series, and he might yet appear in a future book as the victim. Horowitz is a prolific writer of many genres, ranging from children's adventure to James Bond and Sherlock Holmes "sequel ...more
Jiny S
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This second book in the series reads exactly like the first one. The similarities are uncanny, right down to the methodical ways Hawthorn interviews the suspects, the secondary story that soon emerges following the discovery of another suspicious death, the way Anthony endeavours to solve the mystery ahead of Hawhtorne, the way his theories were disabused, (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 19, 2018 marked it as to-read
Anthony Horowitz better be a character in this book 😡😤
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
My attention waxed and waned on this one, when I was engaged I was truly interested, however, there were many times where I tuned out, and I had to suspend my disbelief at the scene in the bookstore. Also, the gimmicks that were fresh and interesting in the first volume of the series seemed overwrought in this one. Additionally, I was not overly fond of the narrator's depiction of the characters, especially the female ones, and most especially DI Grunshaw.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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