I like Anthony Horowitz books and this one was pretty different to the others I've read.
Well described characters are this author's strong point and this book does not disappoint.
This is a slow-burn mystery.
It seems to be based on a true story, though it was difficult to understand whether the elements (letters, historical articles etc.) which were added in, were actually 'real' or part of the fictional book (I found this lack of clarity annoying, though perhaps it was my lack of understanding??).
The story follows a writer as he tracks the work of Detective Hawthorne. Hawthorne is aloof and a bit odd.
The murder mystery was interesting enough and clear enough, and there are plenty of potential suspects.
The other interesting point is the fictional writer in the book seems to be styled on Horowitz himself, for instance - his name, where he lives, his experience of living in London and working as a famous writer etc. This definitely added interest for me and might even have been a bit more interesting than the actual mystery.
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