Book Review “The Twist of a Knife” by Anthony Horowitz


Locked Room Mystery

Book 4 of 4, Hawthorne and Horowitz Mystery

400 Pages

Publisher, random House UK Cornerstone

Publish Date, 18 August 2022


‘Our deal is over.’ That’s what reluctant author Anthony Horowitz tells ex-detective Daniel Hawthorne in an awkward meeting. The truth is that Anthony has other things on his mind.

His new play, Mindgame, is about to open in London’s Vaudeville theatre. Not surprisingly Hawthorne declines a ticket.

On opening night, Sunday Times critic Harriet Throsby gives the play a savage review, focusing particularly on the writing.

The next morning she is found dead, stabbed in the heart with an ornamental dagger which, it turns out, belongs to Anthony and which has his finger prints all over it.

Anthony is arrested, charged with Throsby’s murder, thrown into prison and interrogated. Alone and increasingly desperate, he realises only one man can help him.

But will Hawthorne take his call?


Rating: 5 out of 5.

I write this review with a certain level of trepidation, looking over my shoulder and hoping I don’t go the way of Harriet Throsby after she wrote a particularly scathing review. Death is not the outcome I desire. Fear not however this review holds nothing but praise, I am safe.

When you pick up an Anthony Horowitz Mystery you know it’s going to be well rounded and entertaining. Always strong characters that are not overly described until you just don’t want to read anymore. Horowitz really is the master of his craft and putting himself at the heart of this book is brilliant. I lapped up every page. At times I felt like I was walking behind him and Hawthorne with my little note book, jotting down clues and theories, of course I was wrong. Not totally, I think I was almost on the same page as Hawthorne but my reasons weren’t quite sharp enough. Even I began to think Horowitz had killed Throsby. I thoroughly enjoyed reading as though I were inside the mind of Horowitz, his thought process and his fear that he might actually be framed. An utterly brilliant book that is full of humour, intrigue and immensely entertaining.

The ending is genius, gathering everyone together in an “I put it to you” scenario. Each suspect is told how they may have done the deed with the “How dare you” responses we are used to reading in a Poirot Mystery. As Hawthorne interviews each person through out the book I half expected him to turn round just as he was leaving in a Columboesque style with the ever present line “Oh just one more thing”

A brilliant book that I would highly recommend to Mystery lovers but if you review it just remember what happened to the savage critic Harriet Thorsby, you have been warned.



Bestselling author Anthony Horowitz has written two highly acclaimed Sherlock Holmes novels, The House of Silk and Moriarty; two James Bond novels, Trigger Mortis and Forever and a Day; three Detective Hawthorne novels, The Word is MurderThe Sentence is Death and the forthcoming A Line To Kill, and the acclaimed bestselling mystery novels Magpie Murders and Moonflower Murders.

He is also the author of the teen spy Alex Rider series, and responsible for creating and writing some of the UK’s most loved and successful TV series, including Midsomer Murders and Foyle’s War. In January 2022 he was awarded a CBE for his services to literature.

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