Anthony Horowitz – The Word is Murder and The Sentence is Death

I listened to these 2 audiobooks one after the other. These are crime/detective novels set in the modern day.

The original approach taken here is that Anthony Horowitz is a character in his own books, if you like, the Watson to the Holmes of his detective Daniel Hawthorne. Horowitz meets Hawthorne when the latter is a police consultant in the making of the Foyles War tv series. Hawthorne then approaches Horowitz with the idea of writing about his cases, which means tagging along with Hawthorne as he investigates the crimes.

Hawthorne is at times unattractive, and Horowitz makes clear his dislike of the character he has created – but he is effective and gets results.

These stories are good entertainment, and I believe there are two more in the series so far.

One drawback to the audiobooks is the narration by Rory Kinnear. The voices he gives some women characters are grotesque caricatures. But still 8 out of 10.

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