The Word Is Murder

She planned her own funeral--but did she arrange her murder? A wealthy woman strangled six hours after shes arranged her own funeral.A very private detective uncovering secrets but hiding his own.A reluctant author drawn into a story he cant control.What do they have in common?Unexpected death, an unsolved mystery and a trail of bloody clues lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's page-turning new thriller...


The Word Is Murder Reviews

The Word Is Murder
Elaine

This is a quirky, highly original first person narrative starring the author in an Agatha Christie type role whilst working, somewhat reluctantly, with a Morse/Sherlock Holmes kind of private investigator called Hawthorne! The investigation is into the murder of Diana Cowper which happened just six hours after she’d arranged her own funeral. Hawthorne is an ex-police detective who is called in to assist with some of the more bizarre investigations and he’s also the man who wants Anthony Horowitz ...more

The Word Is Murder
Mandy

This is the story of Anthony Horowitz, an author who finds himself drawn into a murder investigation.

Diana Cowper has been murdered, on the day that she arranged her funeral. She is the mother of a famous actor and the police call in ex-detective inspector Hawthorne as a consultant, who in turn draws in Anthony.

I liked this book a lot. It has a very satisfyingly complicated mystery. Who killed Diana Cowper and why? I found this to be a book that I wanted to keep reading, I was entertained throu
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The Word Is Murder
Marialyce

4.5 extremely clever stars

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This was my very first foray into the writings of Mr Horowitz. It will not be my last as its clever writing, easy style and the ability to draw one into the story line is quite alluring. Most alluring is the fact that the author himself is one of the main protagonists. and his being so made this book just plain fun. True, it was a murder and mayhem mystery, but the telling of this tale with Mr Horowitz be
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The Word Is Murder
Melanie

3.5 stars.

I had been looking forward to the new novel by Horowitz, with his past three novels, he has firmly established himself as a favourite of mine.

So imagine how much my heart sank when I started reading, realising that this was a first person narrative of faux-non-fiction of himself being part of a murder investigation and writing about it. I hate novels where a writer investigates a crime and writes about it. HATE THEM.

Alas, I kept reading (I bought it and I gave him the benefit of dou
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The Word Is Murder
Tammy

Cleverly meta and cool! Horowitz writes himself into his own novel which is the cleverly meta part. It’s cool because he references his career as the creator of Foyle’s War, the original adapter of Midsomer Murders and as the author of the teen series, Alex Rider. This mystery is deceptive, devious and revels in devilish games. The author had to have had a ball when writing this. It’s as entertaining as all get out.

The Word Is Murder
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister

4.5 innovative and page-turning stars to The Word is Murder! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟.5 (rounded up)

My first book from Horowitz was an indulgent and clever mystery I tried my hardest to solve!

A woman has already planned her own funeral, but when she is found dead six hours after she finalizes the arrangements, it has the police wondering if she planned her own death, too?

An extremely private, private detective, Daniel Hawthorne, is skilled at solving crimes by blowing up secrets and has a wealth of secrets of
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The Word Is Murder
Annet

When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions... - Hamlet

Yes, now I know I like this writer. The writer also of Magpie Murders, which is widely read across Goodreads. This, again, is a great crime mystery, with antiheroes Daniel Hawthorne, a recalcitrant detective, and his sidekick Anthony (would that be Anthony Horowitz himself.....).

What I understand is that this is the first of a series of crime novels starring these two gentlemen. And I'm already looking forward to the ne
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The Word Is Murder
Liz Barnsley

The Word is Murder is eccentric and totally brilliant – like reading an Agatha Christie novel if Agatha Christie placed herself at the centre of the action and engaged with Sherlock Holmes. It is a long term reader’s dream novel almost quite literally. In this case Mr Horowitz does just that, telling his own (?!?) story, getting sucked into a murder mystery of the classic locked room type with a modern twist and keeping us all guessing all the way through.

Quirky and extraordinarily readable, The
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