The Sentence Is Death (B&N Exclusive Edition)

The Sentence Is Death (B&N Exclusive Edition)

by Anthony Horowitz

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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 bludgeoned to death in his bachelor pad with a bottle of wine—a 1982 Chateau Lafite worth £3,000, to be precise.

Odd, considering he didn’t drink. Why this bottle? And why those words? And why was a three-digit number painted on the wall by the killer? And, most importantly, which of the man’s many, many enemies did the deed?

Baffled, the police are forced to bring in Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, the author Anthony, who’s really getting rather good at this murder investigation business.

But as Hawthorne takes on the case with characteristic relish, it becomes clear that he, too, has secrets to hide. As our reluctant narrator becomes ever more embroiled in the case, he realizes that these secrets must be exposed—even at the risk of death . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062957726
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Series: Daniel Hawthorne Series , #2
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 5,357
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

ANTHONY HOROWITZ is the author of the US bestselling Magpie Murders and The Word is Murder, and one of the most prolific and successful writers in the English language; he may have committed more (fictional) murders than any other living author. His novel Trigger Mortis features original material from Ian Fleming. His most recent Sherlock Holmes novel, Moriarty, is a reader favorite; and his bestselling Alex Rider series for young adults has sold more than 19 million copies worldwide. As a TV screen - writer he created both Midsomer Murders and the BAFTA-winning Foyle’s War on PBS. Horowitz regularly contributes to a wide variety of national newspapers and magazines, and in January 2014 was awarded an OBE.

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The Sentence is Death: A Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Clever beyond words. "The Sentence is Death" is a contemporary twist on the Sherlock Holmes-Dr. Watson sleuthing team. Anthony Horowitz never fails to delight the reader with his wit. With himself as a protagonist, he blurs the line between truth and fiction.
TexasDeb 10 months ago
This is Anthony Horowitz’s follow-up to “The Word is Murder,” which I have not yet read; however, I never felt like there was anything I was missing as I read this one. I enjoyed this one so much that I’m anxious to go back and read the first. I also quite liked Horowitz’s “Magpie Murders.” In this one the author inserts himself by name into the story, which was great fun. He is writing a series of books about an English detective, and is joining him as he investigates a murder. Because the writer, himself, is a character in the book, there are references to real books and people, which are fun to pick up on. I listened to this on audio because I’m a sucker for a British accent, and with Rory Kinnear narrating it was delightful.
Twink 10 months ago
The Sentence is Death is the second book in Anthony Horowitz's Detective Daniel Hawthorne Series. I found the first book incredibly clever and that originality continues with book two. The protagonist is the enigmatic Hawthorn, let go from the police and now working as a P.I. Hawthorne is such a great character - a brilliant detective, but somewhat lacking in personal interactive skills. I quite like him. And playing Watson to his Holmes? Anthony Horowitz. Uh, huh - Horowitz has written himself in as a character in the series. And in the series, he plays himself, writing about Hawthorne's cases, often referring to actual events. Can you imagine the writing process? The interactions between the two are wonderfully depicted. In this latest, a divorce lawyer is found bludgeoned to death with an expensive bottle of wine. Hawthorne picks up on the smallest clues and discrepancies. Horowitz also tries to investigate at times, but doesn't have the skill set of Hawthorne. What Horowitz desperately wants to konw is more about Hawthorne. The personal details of the detective are sparse and are only slowly being brought to light. The murder is clever and takes several turns, keeping the reader guessing along with Horowitz. Hawthorne is far ahead of us on the final path to whodunit. Clever, clever, clever. And so much fun to read. This reader will be looking forward to book number three. (And Horowitz has stated that he sees nine or ten Hawthorne book in the series.)
Anonymous 10 months ago
Dull, boring, snooze worthy and everything in between. Had to drag myself through it. Saw the title on LA Times best selling list and it sounded good. Sure had my bubble burst! Juvenile “who done it” and... the characters added to the dullness.
Jill-Elizabeth_dot_com More than 1 year ago
BRILLIANT! I love these books - Horowitz has done an absolutely marvelous job blurring the lines between fact and fiction by inserting himself wholeheartedly into his narratives, and the result is genius. I love the interplay between him and Hawthorne - and that I never entirely know what is fiction and what fact, since many of the details that are so carefully interwoven into the story (especially the small ones) have such a ring of truth and recognition about them... It makes for a thoroughly engaging romp of a tale, particularly when worked into, over, through, and around the quasi-Holmes/Watson relationship between the two men. The writing is a delight, the plots are ingenious (even - if not especially - when elements of them fall just this side of oddball), and the red herrings and misunderstandings mean that you are engaged right up until the last pages. And if that wasn't enough, Horowitz's wry and self-deprecating voice ties the whole thing together with a big red bow. It's a truly fantastic series! My review copy was provided by NetGalley.
TexasGrandmaKK More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book! Started out a bit slow, but by the 3rd chapter I was hooked and had a hard time putting the book down! Horowitz has you believing that every single person he weaves a scenario about is the murderer! Hope to see many more adventures of Hawthorne and Horowitz!
TheBookishHooker More than 1 year ago
Another wonderfully original Hawthorne mystery. I love the way Anthony Horowitz inserts his real life details into the storyline. It’s such a unique approach and one that I love reading. Also, the details he puts into each scene is really quite amazing. It’s so easy to picture the settings and characters while reading the novel. That’s a detail I greatly appreciate. I will definitely be reading more. Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Collins Publishing for the advanced copy given in exchange for and honest review.
LHill2110 More than 1 year ago
The second installment of Horowitz’ self-referential detective series starring himself as the semi-bumbling, self-deprecating sidekick to the enigmatic Detective Daniel Hawthorne. Horowitz writes fantastic mysteries — they are convoluted in the most delightful ways, are full of interesting characters, and progress at the perfect pace (also — I never do figure it out early!) One of the benefits of this particular series is also gaining some insight into other aspects of Horowitz’ writing life — the production issues for Foyles War, the interactions with agents and booksellers, and parts of the Writer’s Process (as experienced by Mr. Horowitz). I don’t want to give away *anything* in the plot, but it covers a wide range of places, people, time, and professions — divorce lawyers, (very) expensive wine, literary snobs, interior decorators, spelunkers, forensic accountants, muscular dystrophy, and the NHS. Horowitz does an impressive job of applying diversity to characters with no regard to stereotypical expectations. I did find myself struggling to constantly sift out the fact from the fiction, which told me more about myself and my own neuroses than about the book — it doesn’t matter a bit! A fun read. Great for fans of Robert Galbraith.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
May is slipping away quicker than quick sand and I’m plowing through my May tbr list. With only a hand full of days left before we officially enter June, I had the pleasure of reading some outstanding nonfictions and just as many fiction novels in May. If you are looking for a scandalous murder mystery ala Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but modern and with brilliant characters, look no further than ‘The Sentence Is Death‘ by Anthony Horowitz. This is the second book in the best-selling series. I didn’t have the chance to read the first book; The Word is Murder, before; I picked up ‘The Sentence is Death’. I was worried that I might get lost in the plot, but those feelings rapidly evaporated as I started to read. Richard Pryce is a successful divorce lawyer to the uber rich and famous. His body is found bludgeoned to death with a pricey vintage bottle of wine. The numbers ‘182’ scribbled on a wall at the crime scene. And a partial voice recording of Pryce speaking to someone right before he gets killed. These are the fragmented clues the police has to work with to catch the culprit. Pressured by time to make an arrest, the police brings in PI Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick. I wasn’t surprised by the fact our PI has a sidekick. Sherlock Holmes had Dr. Watson, after all. Anthony Horowitz, the author, himself, is Hawthorne’s sidekick, and it’s genius. The relationship between Hawthorne and Horowitz is never harmonious, but often humours. I can’t remember if I have encountered another book where the writer writes himself in as a character. I admit, I like it. It’s been a while since I read a murder mystery that gave me the same level of thrill and reminded me of my childhood days when I stay pass my bedtime to read Sherlock Holmes. ‘The Sentence is Death’ is a breath of fresh air for the mystery book lovers. The plot of the book is carefully crafted with thoughtful consideration given to the details. The murderer will inevitably surprise you! The clues are there but Horowitz manipulates them with cleverness to throw the readers of their track. In the end, it’s worth it. I received a copy from NetGalley for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In The sentence is Death, second in the series which began with The Word is Murder, the author inserts himself as a character in his fiction. Tony, aka Anthony Horowitz, is Watson to Daniel Hawthorne's Sherlock. Like Watson, he theorizes but is not as clever as his mentor. In the novel, the conceit is that Mr. Horowitz is writing a series of books about Inspector Hawthorne's cases. In this entry, a divorce attorney is murdered. There are numerous suspects including clients involved in an acrimonious divorce. But...the murder may also be related to a past friendship and a tragedy that occurred while caving. Characters stories are developed sufficiently to give the reader a good sense of them. Suffice it to say that several plot lines are followed, there are a number of viable suspects and eventually the case is solved. As a fan of some of the author's TV work, I enjoyed the references to Foyle's War. There is also information about publishing which lends authenticity. I enjoyed this book and will most likely go back to read the first in the series. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this e=galley. All opinions are my own.
casey710 More than 1 year ago
The adventures of Hawthorne and Horowitz continue in this fast-paced, witty and very well plotted 2nd outing. Agatha Christie would be proud. While the mystery originally seems simple enough (a divorcee lawyer is killed) it is actually anything but. As with the previous Horowitz books I did not see the end coming. This was an incredibly fun and entertaining read and I cannot wait for the next adventure of these two. Thank you NetGalley for the advanced reader copy for review.
vphillips88 More than 1 year ago
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, and who was at his front door just minutes before he died while talking on the phone? The police are forced to turn to disgraced private investigator Daniel Hawthorne. As the death toll rises, Hawthorne confronts a tangle of secrets while at the same time doing everything he can to conceal his own past
MonnieR More than 1 year ago
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 series titled "Foyle's War" (one of his real-life accomplishments, by the way) and somewhat reluctantly teams up with the fictional Hawthorne when the latter is called in by the police to help solve a crime. He's also writing a three-book series about Hawthorne, for which he's got a contract even though the first one has yet to be published. Now, Anthony is working on the second - so he's taking copious notes about what happens here - starting with the murder of well-known London divorce attorney Richard Pryce. It isn't a pretty murder; Pryce was smacked in the head numerous times with an unopened bottle of very expensive wine (and then stabbed with the broken bottle). The only clue is the number 182 that's been left on the wall with green paint from an ongoing refurbishing project. But wait, there's more: Pryce recently represented the now ex-husband of a famous writer, Akira Anno, who wasn't happy with the outcome and threatened to hit him with a bottle of wine the last time she saw him in a local restaurant. For all intents and purposes, that would put her at the top of the suspect list. Hawthorne, though, isn't convinced. He's eager to start investigating, with Anthony's help, of course - but the local police, led by irascible Detective Investigator Cara Grunshaw, are determined to get the credit for solving the crime and insist that the "outsiders" keep them informed and stay out of their way. Shortly thereafter, another man dies as a result of falling in front of an oncoming train - possibly an accident, possibly a suicide and possibly a murder. After a bit of sleuthing, a connection between him and the wine bottle victim turns up - together with the death of a third man some years earlier. But does that connection have any real meaning, or is it just happenstance? At that point I had no idea, but fittingly, one of my favorite quotes from one of the late Ian Fleming's Goldfinger came to mind: Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times it's enemy action. Now that I do know, of course, I'm not saying anything except that I really, really enjoyed this book. Hearty thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read and review an advance copy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As is all his stuff