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Passion, deception, an unexplained death and a detective with quite a lot to hide lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's brilliant new murder mystery, the second in the bestselling series starring Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne.

Passion, deception, an unexplained death and a detective with quite a lot to hide lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's brilliant new murder mystery, the second in the bestselling series starring Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne.

William Pryce is an elegant, smooth-tongued lawyer who has made a fortune out of celebrity divorces - and a lot of enemies in the process. Unmarried himself, he lives in a handsome bachelor pad on the edge of Hampstead Heath.

Or rather he used to ...

When he is found murdered, the police confront the most baffling of mysteries: who was the visitor who came to Pryce's house moments before he died, arriving while he was still talking on the phone?

“You shouldn’t be here. It’s too late…” were Pryce’s last recorded words but what exactly do they mean?

Why does his killer paint a three-digit number on the wall before leaving the crime scene? And why exactly was he bludgeoned to death with a bottle of wine - a 1982 Chateau Lafite worth £3,000 - when he didn't drink alcohol?

The police are forced to hand the case to Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne, who takes it on with characteristic relish.

But Hawthorne himself has secrets to hide and as our reluctant narrator becomes ever more embroiled in the case he realises that these are secrets that need to be exposed - even if it puts his own life in danger ...

Reviews

This is crime fiction as dazzling entertainment, sustained by writing as skilfully light-footed as Fred Astaire

Sunday Times Crime Club, Star Pick

A crime story that keeps you up into the small hours… a page-turning mystery

Metro

Clever

Good Housekeeping

One of the most creative writers in the country today

Jeremy Vine

Anthony Horowitz gets away with murder in all sorts of ways and emerges triumphant

The Times, Books of the Year

Huge fun… It’s hard to know why anyone who loves a good mystery wouldn’t thoroughly enjoy the ride

Irish Independent

A new Anthony Horowitz novel is always something to look forward to. Anyone who likes a good Midsomer-style murder mystery will love The Sentence is Death

CultureFly

Sheer genius ... The narrative is hilarious and full of Holmesian clues and deliberate errors which will leave the eagle-eyed reader feeling just a bit smug. A joy from start to finish

Independent

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  • The Sentence is Death
    Anthony Horowitz

    Paperback

    9781784757533

    June 18, 2019

    Arrow

    400 pages

    RRP $26.00

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  • Hardback

    9781780897097

    November 15, 2018

    Century

    384 pages

    RRP $55.00

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781780897080

    October 29, 2018

    Century

    384 pages

    RRP $37.00

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  • Audio CD

    9781786140647

    December 15, 2018

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  • EBook

    9781473539372

    November 29, 2018

    Cornerstone Digital

    384 pages

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Extract

1

Scene Twenty-seven

Usually, I enjoy visiting film sets. I love the excitement of seeing so many professional people working together – at a cost of tens of thousands of pounds – to create a vision that will have begun perhaps nine or ten months ago inside my head. I love being part of it all.

But this time it was different. I’d overslept and left home in a hurry. I couldn’t find my phone. I had the beginnings of a headache. Even as I got out of the car on that damp October morning, I knew that I’d made a mistake and that all in all I would have been better off staying in bed.

It was a big day. We were shooting one of the opening scenes in the seventh series of Foyle’s War – the first appearance of Sam Stewart, Foyle’s driver. Played by Honeysuckle Weeks, she had become a stalwart of the series and she was one of my favourite actors. When I wrote lines for her, I could always hear her saying them. The new season would find her married, out of the police force, working now for a nuclear scientist. I had decided to give her a big entrance and I wanted to be there to show my support.

This is what I had written.
 

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