A woman crosses a London street, walks into a funeral parlor and plans her own service. Six hours later she is strangled to death in her home. Did she know she was going to die? Did she plan her own murder? Was it suicide? Was it merely fate? Bad luck? Horowitz (Magpie Murders, PBS’s Midsomer Murders) has written himself as narrator into his latest work. He is approached by Hawthorne, a cantankerous, disgraced police detective who is silently working with the authorities to solve the woman’s murder. Hawthorne wants Horowitz to write a book about how Hawthorne will eventually solve the case. Against his better judgment, Horowitz agrees to follow Hawthorne around and take notes as the detective follows the clues to the surprising ending. Readers will find themselves chuckling as they and Horowitz navigate the many twists and turns before arriving at a satisfying conclusion.
–Sandy, Annie Bloom’s Books, Portland, OR
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