Renowned author and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz has set the next novel in his best-selling detective series in Alderney.
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 Alderney to appear at Alderney’s Literary Festival a couple of years ago.
He came at the behest of two St Anne’s pupils who were fans of his teen spy Alex Ryder books and gave talks at the school and in Alderney cinema.
While on the island he professed himself to be fascinated by Alderney and said he was already thinking of setting a murder mystery in Alderney.
Horowitz was as good as his word.
Not only is the book set in Alderney – it’s set at the Alderney Literary Festival!
It will be third book in a series featuring detective Daniel Hawthorne, who is shadowed by Horowitz himself in order to write about his investigations.
Titled A Line About Killing, it follows best-sellers The Sentence is Death and The Word is Murder.
The plot centres around the murder of the festival’s wealthy sponsor.
It features some local detail that will undoubtedly strike a chord in residents!
Here is the teaser from publishers Penguin:
I couldn't see the sea from my bedroom but I could hear the waves breaking in the
distance. They reminded me that I was on a tiny island. And I was trapped.
There has never been a murder on Alderney.
It's a tiny island, just three miles long and a mile and a half wide. The perfect
location for a brand new literary festival. Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne
has been invited to talk about his new book. The actual writer of the book, Anthony
Horowitz, travels with him.
Very soon they discover that not all is as it should be. Alderney is in turmoil
over a planned power line that will cut through it, desecrating a war cemetery and
turning neighbour against neighbour.
The visiting authors --- including a blind medium, a French performance poet and
a celebrity chef --- seem to be harbouring any number of unpleasant secrets.
When the festival's wealthy sponsor is found brutally killed, Alderney goes into
lockdown and Hawthorne knows that he doesn't have to look too far for suspects.
There's no escape. The killer is still on the island. And there's about to be
a second death ...
States Member Alex Snowdon said: ‘This is excellent news for Alderney, especially at this time, and once again it’s all thanks to members of the community who have created and tirelessly staged the Alderney Literary Festival. This could do for Alderney what Bergerac did for Jersey!’
A Line About Killing will be released in August 2021.