The Word Is Murder

The Word Is Murder

A Novel

Book - 2018
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**A Guardian 'Best Thriller of the Year!'**

The New York Times bestselling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty brilliantly reinvents the classic crime novel once again with this clever and inventive mystery starring a fictional version of the author himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes, investigating a case involving buried secrets, murder, and a trail of bloody clues.

A woman crosses a London street.

It is just after 11am on a bright spring morning, and she is going into a funeral parlor to plan her own service.

Six hours later the woman is dead, strangled with a crimson curtain cord in her own home.

Enter disgraced police detective Daniel Hawthorne, a brilliant, eccentric man as quick with an insult as he is to crack a case. And Hawthorne has a partner, the celebrated novelist Anthony Horowitz, curious about the case and looking for new material.

As brusque, impatient, and annoying as Hawthorne can be, Horowitz--a seasoned hand when it comes to crime stories--suspects the detective may be on to something, and is irresistibly drawn into the mystery. But as the case unfolds, Horowitz realizes he's at the center of a story he can't control . . . and that his brilliant partner may be hiding dark and mysterious secrets of his own.

A masterful and tricky mystery which plays games at many levels, The Word Is Murder is Anthony Horowitz at his very best.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollinsPublishersLtd, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2017.
ISBN: 9781443455473
9781443455480
Characteristics: 390 pages ;,24 cm

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wardlind
Nov 10, 2018

I really enjoyed this mystery. But then I usually like first person narratives and Horowitz is an excellent writer. The premise gripped me from the very beginning -- a woman walks into a funeral home and orders her own funeral and is murdered 6 hours later! It gets better from there. Disgraced Scotland Yard detective Hawthorne is very far from a sympathetic character and read a lot like Sherlock Holme (another very far from sympathetic character). Would definitely recommend.

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augsburgerin
Oct 29, 2018

Having loved Foyle's War I really want to like Anthony Horowitz's novels but I was getting so annoyed at his character in this mystery and since the other main character was even less likable, I gave up on the book.

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ALB126
Sep 27, 2018

The mystery was intriguing, but the continual banter and bickering between the detective and the narrator was too much. Too much name dropping of plays, TV dramas, and movies. The writing style, with the author being the main character, was tedious. I expected more from the author of Foyle's War. Initially, I was thinking this book rated 'poor' but the underling plot was good enough to upgrade it to 'not bad'.

vm510 Sep 10, 2018

An interesting mystery but I wish the main characters were more relatable and charming. I didn't care to read about these two new Sherlock & Holmes characters as much as I enjoyed the cast of characters in Magpie Murders.

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WoodneathAngie
Sep 04, 2018

If you like your mysteries with a slight side of meta, Anthony Horowitz's latest two stand-alone mysteries are a real treat. The Word is Murder is narrated by Horowitz himself, or a fictional counterpart, as a prickly detective hires Horowitz to write about him. Horowitz is intrigued by the detective's latest case--a woman goes into a funeral home to plan her funeral and winds up dead the same day. The mystery itself is filled with twists and layers, and the set-up of Horowitz as narrator adds a fun layer throughout.

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brangwinn
Aug 22, 2018

Horowitz always writes a good mystery, and placing himself front and center in this book makes it even more interesting, His sidekick, a dour former British police detective adds to the story.

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htliang
Aug 19, 2018

This interesting murder mystery mixes both fact and fiction. Anthony Horowitz is hired by ex-detective and police consultant, Daniel Hawthorne, to co-investigate the strange murder of a woman on the very day that she arranged her own funeral.
If you are a fan of Anthony Horowitz (Fowles War, Midsomer Murders, Magpie Murders, House of Silk, Alex Rider series, etc.) then you'll enjoy the focus on Horowitz and his descriptions of how he develops his characters and plots. The murder mystery itself I'd just give 3/5 stars.

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workhorse6491
Aug 15, 2018

An unusual premise: the author as character, but the momentum of the story makes you stick with it... and then the ending... sort of the-butler-did-it. Did laugh a bit. Well worth your time zipping through it. One reviewer said not for "cozy readers"; not sure what that means, but I would probably urge cozy readers to try it.. not over the top in murder and mayhem and the unique viewpoint is worth trying it on "for size".

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rapunzel454
Aug 12, 2018

It took a little while to get used to the writing style, with the author being the main character, but it was an interesting perspective. The mystery was intriguing and it was an enjoyable read.

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gloryb
Jul 11, 2018

Loved this story. Horowitz has a way with words - they come so easily to him. It felt like he was telling me the story in a conversation with him rather than me reading his book. Horowitz has a unique take on writing this detective story. I laughed when he directed his reader to read clues he left in previous pages. I agreed with him when he thought he could unveil who had been the murderer, but as usual we were wrong. I was shocked when he unwittingly went to confront a suspect who turned against him. I enjoyed all of the name dropping of plays, TV dramas, and movies. It was interesting to read about the behind the scenes efforts of authors and their producers who make these productions. I was astounded at the many rewrites authors expect to do of these scripts. But those were the sidelights. The main story itself is fascinating - a woman dies on the day she visits a funeral home to make arrangements for her own funeral. Horowitz ties everything together neatly, even why that woman at the book fair said those words to her.

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Aug 12, 2018

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