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Brought to you by Penguin.

Featuring an exclusive Q&A between Anthony Horowitz and Adam Hamdy.

I couldn't see the sea from my bedroom, but I could hear the waves breaking in the distance. They reminded me that I was on a tiny island. And I was trapped.

There has never been a murder on Alderney.

It's a tiny island, just three miles long and a mile and a half wide. The perfect location for a brand-new literary festival. Private investigator Daniel Hawthorne has been invited to talk about his new book. The writer, Anthony Horowitz, travels with him.

Very soon they discover that not all is as it should be. Alderney is in turmoil over a planned power line that will cut through it, desecrating a war cemetery and turning neighbour against neighbour.

The visiting authors - including a blind medium, a French performance poet and a celebrity chef - seem to be harbouring any number of unpleasant secrets.

When the festival's wealthy sponsor is found brutally killed, Alderney goes into lockdown and Hawthorne knows that he doesn't have to look too far for suspects.

There's no escape. The killer is still on the island. And there's about to be a second death....

©2021 Anthony Horowitz (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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More like Time to Kill!!

I have enjoyed Anthony Horowitz's other works for the most part; however, he missed the mark with this one. I have two main problems with this book: -

1. The author takes too long to come to the main mystery of the novel. Most of the first act is spent just giving the background about the island and Hawthorne and Tony's relationship. Even after the first murder takes place, the story is not entirely focused on its central mystery and dawdles way too much.

2. The final reveal and the motivation of the murderer feels less like a well thought-out novel and more like a weekly detective procedural broadcast on cable TV. The final chapter wraps up the book way too hurriedly and consequently, the conclusion feels unsatisfying.

From an audiobook standpoint, the quality of the book is top-notch. Rory Kinnear is an excellent narrator and the quality of his performance and clarity of the book are outstanding.

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Amazing!

I am a big of of the narrator - Rory Kinnear. watta performance! Anthony Horowitz series will not be the same with this person.

The book is very well written, I was eagerly waiting for it to release. I would say a bit less Hawthorne through out. this many be because I am used to previous books (12+ hours/book).

I will be overwhelmed if there are more books of Aticus Pund where there is a book within a book!

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  • HEATHER DAY
  • 12-10-21

Third book in the very enjoyable Hawthorne series

Love this one - Rory Kinner’s reading is spot on! I was so excited to see an addition to the Hawthorne series because I just love them. The story’s really interesting - I knew very little about Alderney and the Channel Islands in general and I’m going to do more reading about them now, they’re fascinating. The plot is loads of fun. Recommended!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-08-21

Great story but oh! Bad narration!

Im still only half way through and i can tell its a very good story as are all Michael Horowitz’s books - but - also as usual ( but worse then usual) i am really held back by Rory Kinnears narration. He is such a wonderful stage actor - but please! Take note that you dont have to act so loud and large and exaggerated on voice recordings! Less is MUCH better. Women dont squawk - yet all his do. And Hawthorne seems to be getting more and more loud and course and squawky as well! It is not a stage play - my ears are feeling accosted.

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  • MR.K.GILL
  • 21-08-21

A Magnificent Mystery

Along With Jeffery Archer,Anthony Horowitz is one of my very favourite writers, clever and addictive you just don't want to put it down till finished. I pre-ordered title and have really enjoyed it and would recommend. the only problem now (for me) is how do I follow this up, not easy!!

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  • Jason
  • 23-08-21

Loved it.

Am greatly enjoying the Hawthorne series, and in particular Horowitz’s honesty as a writer, making sure that every clue that reveals the murderer is in plain sight.
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  • viki
  • 22-08-21

A great murder mystery with wonderful twists

A great murder mystery set in Alderney with wonderful twists. You’re pulled in again into the world of Hawthorne and ‘Tony’. A literary festival, what could go wrong? And why is Hawthorne so interested in going?

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  • MRS SHARON NIPPRESS
  • 17-09-21

What a shame

I love Anthony Horowitz books normally, but I am sorry to say this book was somewhat marred by Rory Kinnears over the top narration. Hawthorne and Anthony voices were fine, but the rest sounded more like I was listening to The Life of Brian …..he is a very naughty boy and then we had Hello Hello thrown in for good measure, really sorry as I have great respect for Rory as actor but he just didn’t cut it this time .

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  • Jules
  • 14-09-21

Great story and narration

I have just listened to books 2 and 3 back to back and didn’t want to put them down. Rory Kinnear is a brilliant narrator, love his Hawthorne voice.
A Line to Kill is the best yet, laugh out loud funny in places but still an intriguing murder mystery. What is the secret of Hawthorne’s past? Will we ever find out?
Can’t wait for book 4!

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  • V. O'Regan
  • 22-08-21

Another winner from Horowitz

This proved to be another excellent whodunnit from Anthony Horowitz. Entertaining and I enjoy the meta fiction element. Bonus interview was appreciated

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  • Kelvin R Poulton
  • 21-08-21

Excellent story well told.

A very satisfying murder mystery. The relationship between Hawthorne and the author who casts himself as the detective's sidekick is cleverly crafted. I found this third book in the series the most enjoyable.


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  • Kath Potter
  • 11-09-21

Great read

This latest Anthony Horowitz book is my favourite to date.A murder is committed on the island of Alderney during a book festival and there are plenty of suspects. The characters are so well drawn and the story so believable. I love that the writer is actually in the story - an inspired idea which works so well for me! Hawthorn the morose ex detective is developing nicely,and as always is so clever and observant. Rory Kinnear is the ideal reader and I hope he continues to perform the rest in this series.

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  • 08-12-21

Another very enjoyable Whodunnit !

I really enjoyed this third book in the series. It has all the right ingredients of plot and characters crafted into an intriguing murder mystery. It is really well read by Rory Kinnear who brings it all to life with a great performance. Also worth noting is the excellent interview with the author at the end of the book.
Highly recommended ! I shall look forward to the next in the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-10-21

This series keeps getting better and better.

The first 2 in the series were great, and A Line To Kill is even better. The plots are simple, but quite ingenious in their twists and turns, so poor old Tony never has a chance. Hawthorne is a brilliant creation.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-10-21

Not the best reader

Unfortunately I find the narrators female voices very annoying. Otherwise a great book which I thoroughly enjoyed.

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  • Karla
  • 13-09-21

Loved the setting and the characters

I also enjoyed Anthony’s chat at the end. One point he makes summarises this book, it’s easy to follow and understand the characters and how they merge into the storyline. So many “Who Done Its” are too confusing and disjointed that it’s easy too loose the thread of the story and thus also loose interest. Loved all three in this series

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-09-21

Another good story.

I enjoyed another story by Anthony. Plenty of characters to keep you interested. His plots are always interesting. Narration fine.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-21

Hawthorne at it again

I've never read a third book in a series before, but I'm glad I read this one. Great story, inkeeping with the style of the earlier books and the characters continue to develop without loosing their integrity and charm.

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  • Kirsty
  • 02-09-21

Great addition to the series

The third book is as enjoyable as the first two. Hawthorne is just as annoyingly perceptive, analytical and dismissive of the author as previously, and Anthony continues as his faithful scribe but with fewer faux-pas (in Hawthorne's view, I think, not mine). Horowitz does not flinch from writing of himself as the Watson to Hawthorne's Holmes, and never muscles into the limelight. Great writing, terrific narration from Rory Kinnear and the interview at the end is a brilliant bonus. Roll on Hawthorne 4.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-08-21

phenomenal

a very grounded who done it. anthony knocks it out of the park in his third installment of hawthorn and Horowitz.

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  • Mani S.
  • 24-08-21

Great performance and excellent puzzle box!

An excellent third book that continues to be a masterclass in crime writing. Utterly delightful to read, the setting and the plot is a cool puzzle that you can solve before the end if you pay close attention. The characters and the structure is quite typical of the genre but it is kept fresh with subtle shifts. I think it is Umberto Eco who said that repetition with innovation is what keeps the viewer engaged. I was literally glued to the story
The audiobook version is worth listening for Rory Kinnear's performance but it is further made awesome with an interview with the author. I wish I could attend one of his live talks. Here's looking forward to the next 11 books!

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 23-08-21

Terrific

Love Anthony Horowitz he always has colourful characters and a good narrator. I’ve read heaps of his novels and this is one of the best.