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  • Close to Death

  • How do you solve a murder … when everyone has the same motive? (Hawthorne, 5)
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,079 ratings)

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How do you solve a murder... when everyone has the same motive? From global bestselling Anthony Horowitz, a brilliantly entertaining mystery in the Hawthorne and Horowitz series.

Richmond Upon Thames is one of the most desirable areas to live in London. And Riverview Close - a quiet, gated community – seems to offer its inhabitants the perfect life.

At least it does until Giles Kenworthy moves in with his wife and noisy children, his four gas-guzzling cars, his loud parties and his plans for a new swimming pool in his garden.

His neighbours all have a reason to hate him and are soon up in arms.

When Kenworthy is shot dead with a crossbow bolt through his neck, all of them come under suspicion and his murder opens the door to lies, deception and further death.

The police are baffled. Reluctantly, they call in former Detective Daniel Hawthorne. But even he is faced with a seemingly impossible puzzle.

How do you solve a murder when everyone has the same motive?

‘Anthony Horowitz is easily the greatest of our crime writersSunday Times
Sheer genius … A joy from start to finish’ Independent
'The master of the mystery' Style
'The king of the clever whodunnit' Good Housekeeping
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Gloriously artificial, improbable, and ingenious. Fans of both versions of Horowitz will rejoice.’ Kirkus Reviews
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‘An absolutely engrossing tale ... Kudos to anyone who can figure this one out!’ Starred Booklist

©2024 Anthony Horowitz (P)2024 Penguin Audio

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Best so far!

I loved this book, I’ve enjoyed the whole series so far but this is the best one yet! I love the parallel stories taking place and the slightly darker edge to Hawthorne. I’m just sorry I’ve listened to it so early and have to wait for the next installment! Keep them coming Anthony!

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Loved all the Hawthorne books so far

Compelling story, easy listen, well read. This one is the best so far. Many modern crime fiction books have too much misery for me - not the case with Hawthorne stories. Once I start I can’t put down.

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loved it

I am really enjoying this series of books. I did miss hawthorn a little in this one if I'm being honest as he featured a little less,but I still loved it. I love the unusual narrative of this series. looking forward to more.

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Brilliant

I'm addicted to Hawthorne stories and need more. This was absolutely brilliant. Great idea for a plot, executed perfectly.

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The best of the series thus far!

Another classic Hawthorne & Horowitz saga, but this one definitely takes the cake as the best book in the series thus far. It's safe to say, I'm already looking forward to the next one! Brilliant 👏

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Another brilliant book in the series


Really enjoyed this book, but got through it so fast! Amazingly read as always. Definitely didn’t disappoint and loved learning a little bit more about Hawthorne!

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Hawthorne

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was completely different than the other books in the series . Kept me guessing until the end . lived the reader Rory Kinnear.

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Wonderfully crafted and beautifully read

An extremely enjoyable book. I am looking forward to the next one and remain a fan.

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Close to Death

Wonderful story beautifully written. As someone who lives in Richmond I loved all the references to the shops the river and places around the town.
This is my first read of the series of books so I am going back to book one to enjoy . I very much recommend the book and I love the fact that it does not need to resort to any bad language or unnecessary violence to deliver the mystery.

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Loved it - the best yet

the Hawthorne books get better and better, loved it. Hurry up with the next book please Mr H.

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