See the Cover for Anthony Horowitz’s ‘The Sentence is Death’, Due out in June

Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne, star of the hit mystery novel The Word is Murder (2018), is set to return next Summer in Anthony Horowitz’s The Sentence is Death

Horowitz, who has contributed to the Sherlock Holmes franchise with great success (Moriarty, 2014, etc.), first introduced readers to Hawthorne, a modern take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved investigator with a delicious twist . . . Horowitz himself serves as the narrator, playing the role of Dr. Watson.

Now, both Horowitz (the narrator) and Hawthorne will return in June. Check out the plot details below! 



The sentence is death.jpgDeath, deception, and a detective with quite a lot to hide stalk the pages of Anthony Horowitz’s brilliant murder mystery, the second in the bestselling series starring Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne.

“You shouldn’t be here. It’s too late . . . “

These, heard over the phone, were the last recorded words of successful celebrity-divorce lawyer Richard Pryce, found bludgeoned to death in his bachelor pad with a bottle of wine—a 1982 Chateau Lafite worth £3,000, to be precise.

Odd, considering he didn’t drink. Why this bottle? And why those words? And why was a three-digit number painted on the wall by the killer? And, most importantly, which of the man’s many, many enemies did the deed?

Baffled, the police are forced to bring in Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, the author Anthony, who’s really getting rather good at this murder investigation business.

But as Hawthorne takes on the case with characteristic relish, it becomes clear that he, too, has secrets to hide. As our reluctant narrator becomes ever more embroiled in the case, he realizes that these secrets must be exposed—even at the risk of death . . .



Anthony Horowitz is one of the most prolific and successful writers in the English language; he may have committed more (fictional) murders than any other living author. His novel Trigger Mortis features original material from Ian Fleming. His most recent Sherlock Holmes novel, Moriarty, is a reader favorite; and his bestselling Alex Rider series for young adults has sold more than 19 million copies worldwide. As a TV screenwriter, he created both Midsomer Murders and the BAFTA-winningFoyle’s War on PBS. Horowitz regularly contributes to a wide variety of national newspapers and magazines, and in January 2014 was awarded an OBE.

Next up for Horowitz is Forever and A Day (in stores November 6th, read my review here) a James Bond prequel inspired by original content from Ian Fleming. The Sentence is Death is scheduled to hit U.S. bookstores on June 4th, 2019, and is currently available for pre-order wherever books are sold. 



Praised as “one of today’s finest book reviewers” by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, Ryan Steck (“The Godfather of the thriller genre” — Ben Coes) has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.

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