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The Word is Murder (Hawthorne, #1)
The Word is Murder (Hawthorne, #1) | Anthony Horowitz
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Litlady
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Halloween is in full swing now that I‘ve unwrapped all these fabulous, festive gifts and treats from my thoughtful and totally awesome #litsypenpal @Beck9lol !! 🎃📚🥳🧟‍♀️👻The Jack Skellington wrapping paper (not pictured) was perfect, too! I love, love, love it all! Thanks so much, Becky, you‘re the best! ❤️ Wishing Becky and all my #Litsy mates a very Happy Halloween 🎃👻📚🖤🧡🖤🧡🖤

Beck9lol Hooray!!! Happy Halloween friend! 🎃 1mo
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BookishTrish
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Anthony Horowitz is very good at his job. He threw out some excellent red herrings and I was left guessing until the very end. Highly recommended.

kspenmoll Enjoyed this book! 7mo
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BookishTrish
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Had to stop for 10 minutes for a sing along with Tay Tay #swiftieswhoread

Branwen 😂🤣👏 7mo
zezeki 😂😂 Lately I've been listening to tolerate it on reapeat and just thinking how I should reread Rebecca. 7mo
Bookzombie 😂😂 7mo
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Lara.Tomme
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A unique twist on a murder mystery. Loved listening to the audiobook on #scribd.
Horowitz puts himself in the story, going on a quest to find out who killed the murder victim with the detective Hawthorne. Great mystery.

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Jhullie
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Quite a good read once Ingot used to the very unusual premise of the author inserting himself into the story. I enjoyed the fast pace and the characters were really believable which is always a huge plus for me. I will definitely be looking into further books in this series.

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acp
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my favourite murder mystery :)

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vivastory
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In the words of Burt Ward in his role as Robin in the 60s Batman, “Holy murder!“ I loved this! The same day as she plans her own funeral, socialite Diana Cowper is strangled in her own home. Former police officer turned consultant Hawthorne contacts author Anthony Horowitz with an offer to tag along & document the case. Horowitz reluctantly agrees, as he has several projects in the works & Hawthorne is abrasive & unpleasant, to put it mildly.👇

vivastory This is a fictional mystery, but wrapped around it are Horowitz's autobiographical details & passages on real writers & works in the mystery genre. It gets very meta at times. I was enormously pleased to have suspected the killer about 2/3 of the way through the book, but that didn't ruin the ending as I was unable to guess the motivations. I think that a good mystery writer will at least keep a few of the motivations a secret until the (edited) 12mo
vivastory final act. This is the second unconventional mystery that I have recently read & I am thinking that those are really my jam. The other one was P.D. James' Sleep No More. A collection of 6 stories of people who have committed the perfect crime. Each has a memorable spin on it. Recommendations are welcome for unusual mysteries! #cloakanddaggerchristmas (edited) 12mo
RaeLovesToRead Sounds awesome!! (Also, ever since #pop22 dropped, I can't stop seeing cutlery on every book 😆😅 ) 12mo
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vivastory @RaeLovesToRead I loved it! I can't wait to read more by him. I saw that you posted about #pop22 I was thinking of signing up but I'm too much of a mood reader 😂 (edited) 12mo
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory You could do what I do and sign up to ALL the challenges, excitedly pick out all the books and then read something else entirely... 😅😅 I didn't do a great job of #pop21 this year.. bookriot's read harder challenge should drop soon too. That's usually harder to fit prompts to, but it's fewer books! 12mo
LeahBergen I really enjoyed his Magpie Murders and should read more of his work. 12mo
vivastory @LeahBergen Same! I'm thinking of making his follow-up to Magpie my next read by him 12mo
Simona I don't think I've read any of his books 🤔🤗 12mo
Gissy Great photo!👌 12mo
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Jeg
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I‘m really warming to this author. Great for a light read. Clever and at times funny. My 3 reads have been op shop books. So will continue to look out for more.
#joysbooks2021
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EvieBee I really like this series, and glad you did too. 12mo
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suvata
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• TBR since November 6, 2021

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nobody arranges their own funeral, and then gets killed the same day – do they? Well, that‘s exactly what happened to Diana Cowper One bright, sunny morning in London.

The Word is Murder is the first in a series of crime novels starring Detective Daniel Hawthorne and the author Anthony Horowitz. Very clever … the writer inserting himself as a character.

EvieBee Love this series. 13mo
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Nebklvr
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I was worried this would be too meta for me but it was a fun mystery. Contemporary Sherlockian detective and proud, slightly mystified writer.

EvieBee I really like this series. It‘s weird but good lol! 13mo
Nebklvr @EvieBee I have never read any of his adult fiction but this was great! Felt like a throwback to Doyle and Christie. 13mo
EvieBee I read all three of the books in this series in about a month and because I miss them, I started watching Foyle‘s War lol! 13mo
Nebklvr @EvieBee I didn‘t know that was real! I will have to check it out. 13mo
Magpiegem I love these books but I have a thing for meta-fiction 13mo
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starlight97
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I almost bailed on this but I'm glad I didn't. Full review on GoodReads
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

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LeslieO
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October #BookSpinBingo. Excited about both the #BookSpin and the #DoubleSpin.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looks great!!! 14mo
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EvieBee
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I first picked this audiobook up 3 years ago when I went on a Litsy hiatus. I never finished it. News of the 3rd installment in the series coming out in October put it back on my radar. I really enjoyed it, especially on my morning hikes with Benji. Can‘t wait to start THE SENTENCE IS DEATH. There‘s something to be said about the Hawthorne character.
⭐️⭐️⭐️ ½ #shibainu #benji

BarbaraBB Which is the first one? 1y
EvieBee @BarbaraBB The Word is Murder is the first. (edited) 1y
BarbaraBB That‘s the one I have on my shelves. Thanks! I‘m glad it‘s the first one 👍🏽 1y
EvieBee @BarbaraBB you‘ll enjoy it! Especially if you like Magpie Murders. 1y
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NatalieR
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I randomly selected this book off of my Overdrive wish list and was unsure how much I would like it. Turns out I thoroughly enjoyed this murder mystery! A woman plans her own funeral and is murdered shortly thereafter. Hawthorne, a detective, is solving the crime. He wants a book written about his life and hires Horowitz. The two form a strange relationship as Horowitz follows Hawthorne around on his interrogative interviews. #MountTBR

RachelAmphlett I struggled to get into the book so maybe I‘ll try again! 1y
ChasingOm I love this picture! 1y
arkei “Strange relationship“ made me think of NBC Hannibal's Will×Hannibal dynamic... is it similar to that? 1y
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NatalieR @RachelAmphlett If you revisit this book I hope you enjoy it! 😀 1y
NatalieR @ChasingOm Thanks! 😊 1y
NatalieR @arkei I haven‘t seen that show. I meant that they don‘t have much of a relationship. A lot of emotional distance and stiff boundaries. They seldom share personal information despite spending so much time together. 1y
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Ericalambbrown
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I wound up liking this one, but didn‘t know if I would about half way through. The detective is a next-level arse that almost pushed this book to so-so for me. I kinda loved the author writing a fictionalized version of himself into the story, however - it saved the book for me. I picked this up on audiobook loan just because the author wrote episodes of Midsomer Murders and I adore Rory Kinnear, whose performance is lovely. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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BlueMoonJ
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Meh.
So, this could have been excellent. Great jerk of a detective, great mystery and plot. The problem was Anthony Horowitz. He wrote himself in to the story as the “Watson” and pontifically waxed about all of his success as a writer. And waxed and waxed.... It took me out of the story and I had to keep going back to find the plot again.

#mystery #audiobook #AnthonyHorowitz #Knittingwhilereading

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midath75
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I love the idea that the author wrote himself into this book. A cool idea and a good book. Right up my alley.

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sparrowssavvy
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A fast paced and delightful read. I was intrigued how the author basically wrote himself as a main character and literally referenced his own writing career. But a fun mystery and I‘ll be checking out the second book.

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Aims42
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I loved this book 👍🏻 I finally started and finished a book and it didn‘t feel like “work” to do so. I‘m onto his next book in this series 🙌🏻

LiteraryinLawrence Anthony Horowitz is an auto-buy author for me. ☺️ 2y
Aims42 @LiteraryinLititz I loved “Magpie Murders” and after reading this, yep, auto-buy authority granted 🧞‍♂️ 2y
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Scorbet
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The premise of this book is a little unusual, as the author himself is part of the book. In it, is asked by an ex-policeman now consultant to write a book about one of his cases, leading him (the author) to play a Watson-like role in the book.

The presence of the author-as-character is a bit off-putting in some ways, but this is still an interesting mystery. The consultant Hawthorne also takes a bit of getting used to, as he is pretty abrasive.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️This is perhaps the most meta book I have ever read. Anthony Horowitz, the author, is also the narrator, and while he uses realities of his life & writing career, his relationship with Detective Hawthorne is, I assume, purely fiction. If you read or watch any British mysteries you have likely encountered Horowitz‘s work, & he is a master at his craft. For the actual murder mystery, I did not see the ending coming (though I almost never do)

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SKlich
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Wonderful book! I enjoyed traipsing around London with the characters!

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mcctrish
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My husband bought this for me to read for our March Break trip to London, England that we never went on. It‘s the most meta murder mystery. Truthfully I found it a bit jarring at times, the sort of true crime vibe. I often thought of Comoran Strike, who is a crotchety bastard that I LOVE and the Hawthorne character in this book. There is no comparison. Hawthorne is more Sherlock, I guess. It is a good mystery with some good twists

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mcctrish
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Saturday mornings are for treats and reading

cajunsyd Yummy!!! 3y
mcctrish @cajunsyd the best thing I do is order treats from this bakery on Sunday mornings so they can be delivered for the next weekend 🤓 3y
cajunsyd @mcctrish so smart! I might have to steal that idea! 3y
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suzie.reads
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Book 1 in the Hawthorne series and it was a good one. Was abit strange that the story was told in the first person by Horowitz but it was an interesting way to do it.
#Murder2020 (book 42)

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Jaimelire
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I am really enjoying Anthony Horowitz‘s books. This is the second I have read and I plan to read more. His style is quite different and I really get drawn into his mysteries. 👍

kspenmoll I love his writing as well 3y
Jaimelire @kspenmoll I am so glad I discovered his books. Keeps me busy while stuck at home. 3y
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katy4peas
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I really, really enjoyed this book. I listened to it and enjoyed the narrator as well. The author puts himself into the story as the MC and works with a grumpy ex-police detective to solve murders. I found the book to be funny and full of twists and turns. There was some strong language, but overall a really fun read/listen!! Definitely recommend.

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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I had never even heard of Anthony Horowitz before Litsy. I really enjoyed this! The climax was the slightest bit corny but I get that it kind of had to be. Thanks to all the Littens who reviewed this and piqued my interest!

Suet624 That's what's so great about Litsy!!! 3y
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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My reading spot on this Friday afternoon. The girls and I are, very impromptu, spending the weekend with a friend in Westdene, Johannesburg. I'm dying of jealousy at how lovely her place is! By comparison I live in a hole 🙁

Crazeedi So lovely and peaceful looking, have a great weekend 💕 3y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Crazeedi thank you, I'm sure I will! 3y
BarbaraJean Goodness, that is lovely!! The art—! 😍 And by comparison, my home is a bit hole-ish as well—but they say comparison is the thief of joy. 😏 Hope you enjoyed your weekend in such a lovely home! 3y
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ShyBookOwl
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Just finished my first book of March, though I had been trying to wrap it up for February 🤷🏽‍♀️ This was a fun mystery with medium level gore. While I enjoyed the book, I don't actually feel like I have much to say about it. I hadn't guessed the killer, so that's a plus. But I also didn't really care all that much about the characters. I did think that making the MC a murder mystery writer gave the story a unique framework though!

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TaciturnWhenReading
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I‘m not usually one to read multiple books at one time. But look what‘s happening here! 4 books in progress!

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ferskner
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I forgot to post my #bookspin selection for the month! I've been dying to read this for ages but I keep prioritizing other things above it. No more! @TheAromaofBooks

Smarkies I read his magpie murders last year and liked that. Stacking this. 😁 3y
Librarybelle I can‘t wait for your review on this! I have much love for this book. 3y
TheAromaofBooks I've had Magpie Murders on my TBR for so long - I didn't even know he had another book! Can't wait to hear your thoughts. 3y
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Blaire @Librarybelle I agree! I loved this one. The way he puts himself in it is so much fun. 3y
BookishMe It was really fun at the start. Then I found the grumpy detective annoying, so the book is on pause whole I tick off other books ;p 3y
drokka There is a sequel to this one called The Sentence is Death, which is also quite good. 3y
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Ubookquitous
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2019 no. 4 -- A Detective named Hawthorne is talked into sharing his story with an author - named Anthony Horowitz and together they investigate the death of a woman who planned her own funeral only hours before. Meta at its witty best, Horowitz pulls off what should be an egotistical failure, but instead is a brilliant mystery with a lot of information on TV shows and being an author and so much more. A brilliant read.

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Ruthiella
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Two books from my mother. She liked the Horowitz but DNFed Ohio. We‘ll see what my take is when I get around to them!🤓

readordierachel I'm really curious about Ohio. It sounds good. 3y
Ruthiella @readordierachel I‘ve heard good things... supposed to be gritty and dark. 3y
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Come-read-with-me
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This was a character driven mystery that reminded me of classic Agatha Christie. There wasn‘t a lot of gore or heart thumping action, but the story was well written and offered a very unexpected twist at the end. It took a while to really connect to the characters, but the story was appealing enough that I will read more by Horowitz. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

bexreadsbooks I loved Magpie Murders by this author! Definitely recommend if you haven‘t read that one already 3y
Come-read-with-me @bexreadsbooks I haven‘t read them but have heard great things! Thanks for the recommendation! I will read them! 3y
Ruthiella 😀Glad to hear you liked this! My mom is reading it right now so I know I will get her copy once she‘s finished! 3y
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Come-read-with-me @Ruthiella Let me know what you think! 3y
Buechersuechtling Horowitz is one of my “Oh-I-want-to-read-one-of his-books-one-time-or-another“-authors. 😄 So many books not enough time. 3y
Come-read-with-me @Buechersuechtling I feel the same way about so many books! If people would just let me read instead of having me work, I think I could just about fit in all of those “same-day” books 😝 3y
Buechersuechtling @Come-read-with-me I know exactly what you mean. 😄 3y
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rebbyj
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I may not be smart enough to really get this book. But it is awesome. So good.

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JackieSmith
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This mystery, full of twists & red herrings, kept me guessing until the end. It was pure fun mystery entertainment.

BookDragonNotWorm 🐶😍!!! 3y
Leftcoastzen Cute!🐶 3y
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I almost NEVER reread a book. However, I just re-listened to “The Word Is Murder” in anticipation of the sequel, “The Sentence Is Death.” I actually liked it better this time because between ‘listens‘ I have watched several of the TV shows referenced in the book. It wasn‘t essential to the plot, just made it more fun. Looking forward to the sequel!

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Giving this a quick re-listen while waiting on “The Sentence is Death” to become available at my library.

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BBooks
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Anthony Horowitz is new favorite writer for me, top 10 for sure. Magpie Murders was clever and The Word is Murder is even more so, Anthony is an actual character in his own book. Look forward to reading the second book in this series and other Horowitz's books.

Readswithcoffee I love this series! 3y
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Regi_C
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I need to get back I to using Litsy more! This red chant exchange reminded me how much I love the Litsy community and always find such great books from it!

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emtobiasz
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Horowitz writes the story of Anthony Horowitz shadowing an ex-police detective Hawthorne as he solves the murder of a woman killed the same day she planned her funeral. Some fun playing of tropes and the 4th wall, but every time Horowitz grumbled about how “this isn‘t how I would write this if I were writing a novel” I got bored. Just because he called something out himself, doesn‘t mean I‘ll give him a pass. Hope he skips that in future books.

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LWagoner
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I had a hard time getting into this mystery. It was very different having the author write himself into the story and be the narrator. The style just seemed somewhat pretentious. Though I will say that it did keep me in the dark regarding who committed the murder. This just wasn‘t the right murder mystery for me.

Lcsmcat I too found the breaking of the fourth wall to be distracting. 3y
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Bookboss
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This novel is told from the first person viewpoint of Anthony Horowitz. He refers to his previous work, his agent, and his family. I am curious if his family is onboard with this structure. Horowitz is partnered with a detective to write the story of his murder investigation. His detective, Hawthorne, is repulsive yet interesting. I had a delightful few hours reading, and I intend to read the next book in the series.

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Aaronlisa
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I read this between June 20 & July 7. I gave it 4 ⭐️ on Good Reads. It‘s a clever re-interpretation of the Holmes-Watson dynamic with Horowitz taking on the role of Watson. One of the better murder mysteries that I have read this year.

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#BookNDinner! Accompaniment this warm and sunny evening: pesto cheeseburger, fries with a side of gravy, and unsweetened iced tea. MMMMmmm 😋! Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

I had my fill of hotdogs at two barbecues today 😆, so I will end with a burger. I don‘t eat pie, so no apple pie to round out the holiday fare. 🙃

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Blaire
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A fun twist on the classic murder mystery. Horowitz makes himself a character in role of a sidekick to the investigator following along as he tries to solve the mystery. Kept me guessing to the end and loved all the references to Horowitz other work such as Foyle‘s war. Looking forward to the next Hawthorne book. #audiobook #bfc #bfcr2. Great company on my walks and while folding laundry.

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