The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I've read where the author says he doesn't think he inserted himself too much into this in terms of name dropping, etc. but, well, he really did. It was interesting seeing real life and fake detection merging, but we could have done without the meeting between Horowitz, Jackson and Speilberg - for example.
As far as mysteries go, this is done right. The clues are all there, it's the significance that eludes us. And by the end it all makes sense (even though I did figure it out before then, but not much before). Hawthorne is a bit too Holmes-mixed-with-Rebus, but the touch is light enough that it doesn't matter. And I'm looking forward to the next.
ARC provided by publisher.