A Line to Kill: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2021
8 hours 50 minutes
Narrated by Rory Kinnear  

The New York Times bestselling author of the brilliantly inventive The Word Is Murder and The Sentence Is Death returns with his third literary whodunit featuring intrepid detectives Hawthorne and Horowitz.

When Ex-Detective Inspector Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, author Anthony Horowitz, are invited to an exclusive literary festival on Alderney, an idyllic island off the south coast of England, they don’t expect to find themselves in the middle of murder investigation—or to be trapped with a cold-blooded killer in a remote place with a murky, haunted past.

Arriving on Alderney, Hawthorne and Horowitz soon meet the festival’s other guests—an eccentric gathering that includes a bestselling children’s author, a French poet, a TV chef turned cookbook author, a blind psychic, and a war historian—along with a group of ornery locals embroiled in an escalating feud over a disruptive power line. 

When a local grandee is found dead under mysterious circumstances, Hawthorne and Horowitz become embroiled in the case. The island is locked down, no one is allowed on or off, and it soon becomes horribly clear that a murderer lurks in their midst. But who?

Both a brilliant satire on the world of books and writers and an immensely enjoyable locked-room mystery, A Line to Kill is a triumph—a riddle of a story full of brilliant misdirection, beautifully set-out clues, and diabolically clever denouements.
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Linda M.

I haven't read Horowitz's other two mysteries in this series but have read his "Magpie Murders" which was very clever and a lot of fun. This was a lot of fun too, and I really enjoyed it until toward the end when the mystery seemed to have been solved but then turned out that it hadn't and then went off on a track that the reader could not have foreseen (as one can do in the Agatha Christie books, admittedly dated now) and dealt with characters that hadn't really been developed that much earlier in the book. Would I recommend this mystery? Yes, because it is much better than a lot of other books out there but the ending was disappointing to me. The narrator was absolutely great, one of the best. He read the story with a sense of fun, which is how the book is written, and he was able to take on the various characters' voices amazing well - he didn't sound like the same person many times. Great!!

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