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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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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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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.
Rory Kinnear as narrator is excellent, proving
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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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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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Great book, narration not so

Brilliant book but the narration does it no favours. Had to buy the actual book to read and enjoy.

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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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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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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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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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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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"No one must leave the island."

iA new book festival on the island of Alderney, and author Anthony Horowitz is invited to attend alongside PI Hawthorne, ex police, thrown out after mysterious circumstances, the detective whose murder mystery investigations he is following. And of course, things go wrong, the festival interrupted by a murder
Clever story with a even more clever use of characters.
Narrator Rory Kinnear is excellent. The third book in the Hawthorne and Horowitz mystery series and very much recommended for all lovers of Agatha Christie.

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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!