The Twist of a Knife by Anthony Horowitz is a small novella by the talented writer. This murder mystery book reminds me so much of the beloved Agatha Christie novel. The one novel where Agatha Christie went missing and ended up in the middle of a murder crime scene. The same situation has occurred with Anthony Horowitz. He finds himself stuck in a similar mess. Only difference, is that someone went to great lengths to make him look guilty of murder. His knife was found with only his fingerprints and was used to murder the victim, who gave a harsh critique of his play. This all leads to Anthony Horowitz being framed. The question of why loomed over me.
The suspense and plot was enough to hook me, as a reader. I was plagued with all the who, why, when, and where questions. I needed answers. The suspense of this tale was well-done. I found my curiosity grew with every page. Inside this book, there was drama in a theatrical sense. Everything laid out to enhance both the play and the book was about and the crime at hand. It had a Nicky and Noah by Joe Cosentino humor/theater vibe.
I loved the laugh out loud moments between the characters. Especially, by the two main protagonists, Anthony and his detective friend, Hawthorne. Anthony Horowitz is the lead character. Yet, he loves being in the background more than in the limelight. Whereas, his detective friend, Hawthorne, loves taking the lead in every situation. Hawthorne is not afraid to handle whatever came his way. Together, the duo made a great team. The minor characters like Anthony’s agent only added more flavor to the plot.
Overall, The Twist of a Knife by Anthony Horowitz is an engaging crime fiction read. It was interesting how the writer included himself as the main protagonist of his own book. I enjoyed reading this novella. It had a little of everything readers want in a mystery: humor, action, likable characters, and unexpected twists.
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