‘EASILY THE GREATEST OF OUR CRIME WRITERS’ Sunday Times
‘Witty, wry, clever, a fabulous detective story and perfect summer reading’ KATE MOSSE
‘Funny, intriguing, thrilling and thought-provoking: a marvellous mystery’ ADAM HAMDY
‘Horowitz … playing Watson to Hawthorne’s Sherlock, serves up a pretty kettle of fish, full of red herrings’ THE TIMES
‘With a colourful cast of characters, clever red herrings, a locked-room puzzle and chalk-and-cheese banter between the sleuths, Horowitz keeps the reader entertained and guessing throughout, in a wonderful take on the classic crime thriller’ INDEPENDENT
‘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 all is not 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…
‘There are some delicious comic moments as they encounter their fellow participants, including a loud-mouthed TV chef and a volatile French performance poet. A party thrown by one of the festival’s sponsors ends in murder, but the best thing about this diverting novel is Horowitz’s stream of self-deprecating observations about being a writer.’ THE SUNDAY TIMES
‘A golden-age whodunnit on steroids’ KIRKUS REVIEWS
‘There’s no way out in this compelling whodunnit’ WOMAN’S OWN
‘One of my all-time favourite authors’ RYAN TUBRIDY
‘An irresistible whodunnit’ SAGA
‘Providing contemporary crime fiction with a much-needed revitalisation’ CRIME FICTION LOVER
‘A classic closed-room mystery with great characters and plenty of red herrings’ CHOICE
‘A clever light-hearted tale infused with the author’s customary wit and panache. Horowitz’s legion of fans will love unpicking the red herrings and connecting the clues here’ NEWBOOKS MAGAZINE
‘Horowitz’s witty and crafty narrative is as evocative of the detachment and claustrophobia of rural isolation as last year’s Moonflower Murders . . . Unputdownable stuff’ THE CONVERSATION
‘A cosy mystery echoing Agatha Christie’ IRISH INDEPENDENT
‘I’d swear Anthony Horowitz the love child of Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie’ CRIMESQUAD
‘Get in line for this one. It’s terrific’ MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE