I have never seen a mystery story with this premise. Here we have an author who has inserted himself into a murder mystery, and is telling the story from his first-hand experiences. Horowitz is Watson to Hawthorne's Sherlock. It's a wonderful idea and Horowitz carries it off while personalizing this story about a woman who walks into a funeral home in order to plan her own funeral. Six hours later, she is dead and not by suicide. She's been murdered. Hawthorne is a former police detective who left the service under a cloud, but since he's absolutely brilliant, the Met still uses him for particularly difficult crimes. Hawthorne comes to see Horowitz, who is a well-known author and screen writer, and asks him to chronicle his investigation into this crime. So begins the most unlikely fictional pairing and gives a whole new meaning to a "buddy investigation". The book was a lot of fun to read, and it kept me guessing. Having the author in the book gave the whole plot an immediacy and keeps the readers on their toes trying to see and understand things through the author's eyes. I couldn't help but think that this book would make a brilliant television show and even an intriguing series.
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