BOOK FEELINGS: I liked the last one so much I pre-ordered this! This semi-autobiographical series plays into the art of the impossible of any good alternative universe but equally, you know it could happen. I like the hints of reality, like the happenings on the set of Foyle’s War and the clear anecdotal joys of married life.

the joy of haiku

is a simple thing to do

if you know the rule.

Unlike this weird poem, haiku’s are a key part of the plot that shouldn’t be dismissed. There are some crazy and wonderful subplots which made me smile. Anthony’s interest in Hawthorne’s life is addictive and the shadow of ‘A Study in Scarlet’ that runs through is so evident but only noticeable when it is pointed out.

I found this really easy to listen to, Rory Kinnear’s voice has energy, good pace and tone. He adds humour and personality to the words, although it does bother me that it’s now his voice I associate with Anthony Horowitz’s inner monologue.

What links a delayed train, a horrendous murder, 182 and a bestseller? The truth is so easy and so right in front of you that you get taken on a journey to discover it’s not that at all. I really enjoy this partnership albeit fictitious so I do hope there’s another, even if Anthony doesn’t.

Happy reading