Renowned author and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz has agreed to launch his new Alderney-set novel on the Island this summer.
His new book, entitled A Line About Killing, has the Alderney Literary Festival as its setting and features the murder of its wealthy sponsor.
Due to be published in August, will be third book in a series featuring detective Daniel Hawthorne, who is shadowed by Horowitz as he pens a novel about his investigations.
He visited Alderney for the 2019 Alderney Literary Festival at the behest of two St Anne’s pupils, Ethan Gillingham and Tobin Collier, fans of his teen spy Alex Ryder books.
The Alderney Literary Trust tweeted him this morning suggesting he launch his new book in Alderney. To their joy he tweeted back saying it was a great idea!
ALT Trustee and festival organiser Isabelle Picornell put out the tweet- but wasn’t 100 per cent sure she would get a response.
‘It’s fantastic! I put the suggestion on Twitter this morning and to my delight he accepted! It will be good for Alderney and good for St Anne’s School.
‘We will make sure that he and his wife enjoy their stay here as much as they did the last time. This is definitely something to look forward to after lockdown.’
A Line About Killing follows best-sellers The Sentence is Death and The Word is Murder.
Horowitz, OBE,who created TV series Foyles War and writes the wildly popular Alex Ryder series of children’s books – also shown on TV – visited the Literary Festival in 2019.
While on the Island he professed himself to be fascinated by Alderney and commenting that it would be the perfect place to set a murder mystery.
The plot centres around the murder of the festival’s wealthy sponsor and features some details that will undoubtably strike a chord for residents.
It also features a community split by plans to install a power cable across a war grave.