Even if you’ve never read one of the author’s novels, you’ll perhaps unknowingly be familiar with his writing if you’ve ever watched tv series such as Poirot, Foyle’s War and Midsomer Murders. This novel is the third instalment in this series featuring the author himself and police detective turned private investigator Daniel Hawthorne. They visit Alderney for a literary festival to promote their latest book together, at a time when the island’s community is at loggerheads over the proposed construction of a new power line connecting England to France. Against this acrimonious backdrop, the festival’s sponsor is found murdered sending the island into lockdown. Temporarily trapped, the two colleagues join forces with the local police force to attempt to solve the case, and as matters progress there are also more tantalising hints along the way about Hawthorne’s somewhat mysterious past. This is an entertaining read, rather like the literary equivalent of watching an episode of the aforementioned Midsomer Murders – it will easily hold your attention for a couple of hours without demanding too much from you, other than speculating who the culprit might be. A good light holiday read, ideal for a quiet afternoon in the deck chair.
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Murder mysteries, whodunnits.
One thing you’ve learned
Horowitz has also produced some good authorised novels for the estates of Ian Fleming and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, which are well worth checking out.