What’s it about?
SHE PLANNED HER OWN FUNERAL. BUT DID SHE ARRANGE HER OWN MURDER?
A woman is strangled six hours after organising her own funeral.
Did she know she was going to die? Did she recognise her killer?
Daniel Hawthorne, a recalcitrant detective with secrets of his own, is on the case, together with his reluctant side-kick – a man completely unaccustomed to the world of crime.
But even Hawthorne isn’t prepared for the twists and turns in store – as unexpected as they are bloody…
This book was recommended to me by a fellow book blogger and lucky for me I bought it when it was on Kindle offer for 99p and it was money well spent.
This was my first Horowitz experience and I was hooked from the start – a woman goes into a funeral parlour and later she’s found dead. How can you not be taken in by that?
One of the stand out differences this book has, which I noticed in the very early chapters, is that the author has cast himself as one of the main characters – every good detective needs his/her sidekick which is what Horowitz is here. It’s told in the first person by the author which I thought to be an original and very different way of telling the story. In the opening chapters I did wonder if I was reading the author’s notes rather than the actual book! 🙂
I read the book on holiday which was great because I couldn’t put it down which meant I’d read it in 24 hours which is really good going for me.
There’s a whole cast of characters to take your pick from in this really clever murder mystery whodunnit so you won’t be short of suspects. I hate it when the murderer is thrown in at the last minute so you have no chance of working it out, or having a good guess at least.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend if you like Robert Bryndza’s Erika Foster or Tony Parsons’ Max Wolfe. I will definitely read more from this author!
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No of pages: 374