The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

The Word Is Murder

She planned her own funeral--but did she arrange her murder? A wealthy woman strangled six hours after she’s arranged her own funeral.A very private detective uncovering secrets but hiding his own.A reluctant author drawn into a story he can’t 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.

Details The Word Is Murder

TitleThe Word Is Murder
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
GenreMystery, Crime, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Word Is Murder

  • Susan
    Having greatly enjoyed, “Magpie Murders,” I was thrilled to receive, “The Word is Murder,” to review. Author Anthony Horowitz has shown that he is adept at writing many different genres of books, but it is clear that he was certainly meant to be writing anything but this particular novel. For, you see, Mr Horowitz himself is very much the narrator of this novel and he tells the story as it happens; which is a clever literary device and th...
  • 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.
  • 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 th...
  • Tucker
    I hope “The Word is Murder” was as much fun for Anthony Horowitz to write as it was to read. I was not familiar with Horowitz until I read “Magpie Murders” last year and was totally captivated by his reinvention of an Agatha Christie style mystery. In the ”The Word is Murder,” Horowitz reimagines a Holmes and Watson mystery, with a fictionalized version of Horowitz as Watson. I’ve read novels where authors inserted themselves as cha...
  • Marialyce
    4.5 extremely clever starsYou can see my reviews at https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres...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...
  • Nikki
    Four enjoyable stars!! Many thanks to Goodreads Giveaways and Harper Collins Publishers for this ARC! Magpie Murders has been sitting on my TBR list for quite awhile, so this was actually my first experience with Anthony Horowitz. And, oh, what fun! A woman is found dead a mere six hours after walking into a funeral home and arranging her own funeral. In steps detective Daniel Hawthorne and author Anthony Horowitz, who is a main character in his ...
  • Linda Strong
    One bright day a woman walks into the local funeral parlor and plans her own funeral. She has a list of requirements and pays with her credit card. Six hours later she is dead .... someone strangled the life out of her.This is a uniquely written book. Anthony Horowitz has written a fictional book using himself as one of the primary characters. It's like reading a story within a story within a story. As a character, he is a writer, screenwriter, a...
  • 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...
  • 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 investigati...
  • Ova Incekaraoglu
    Please see full review on my blog: loved this book! This is exactly the type of whodunit I like. Plus you have the humour. I loved the way Horowitz blended himself into the story and his inner thoughts made me chuckle from time to time. Although I read this book on holiday I devoured it in two days.A well off, elderly lady walks into a funeral parlor one day to arrange her own funeral and she is murd...
  • Emma
    4.5 stars.Thoroughly enjoyed this clever and amusing crime novel. It is narrated by the author himself as he involves himself in the story. It is very much set in modern London and I enjoyed the cultural anchoring. It had a good plot too. I knocked half a star off as in a couple of places Horowitz crossed over into self aggrandisement of his own career which really wasn’t necessary. I will definitely be reading more of his adult fiction.Recomme...
  • Leah
    A quirk too far...One spring morning, Diana Cowper, a healthy woman in her sixties, calls into a local undertaker's and arranges her own funeral. Nothing too uncommon about this, especially since she is a widow and her only son has moved to the States to pursue his successful acting career. But it takes on a very different aspect when, later that same day, she is strangled to death in her own home. Disgraced ex-policeman Daniel Hawthorne is calle...
  • Christine
    I wonder if most writers would love to star in their own work? I am sure they do. Well this time, Anthony Horowitz has actually achieved it. He is the author and the sidekick, in his latest novel. The Word Is Murder is a clever Sherlock Holmes style mystery, staring the author himself. All in all, we get a weird and rather delightful twist on the genre. This is my kind of story.We all should know Anthony Horowitz. I suspect we have all seen some ...
  • Bill Lynas
    The latest novel from Anthony Horowitz is a story with an interesting premise. Horowitz is not only the author, he is also one of the main characters.After a brutal murder ex detective Daniel Hawthorne (occasional consultant to the police) asks novelist Horowitz to write a book about him investigating the crime. At first it is a little odd reading a story with the author as a main character, but what makes it work for me is the humour. Hawthorne ...
  • Joanne Robertson
    I have to start by saying this has been the book to surprise me the most this year! I’ve never read a book by Anthony Horowitz before so this audio CD was my first experience of his work. And I absolutely loved The Word Is Murder. EVERYTHING about this book worked for me! As I listened to it in the car I found myself taking unnecessarily long journeys whenever I had anywhere to go and once sat on the driveway for nearly an hour “finishing off...
  • 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 read...
  • Diane Challenor
    Everyone, let me tell you, this man can write. I listened to this one, and the narration was soooo good. I read his last novel, "The Magpie Murders", and stated it was my best read for 2017. Well ... this one, The Word is Murder" matches it as one of my favourites. It's brilliant!
  • Mayke
    Review soon to come and other reviews on my blog (bio)---------------------------------------------------------------------------This book was provided to me by Netgalley and Random House UK for an honest review. I read other reviews on this book and was surprised with the high ratings it got. I wasn't so crazy about the book. It felt predictable, the plot felt easy and the characters were okay. There was a point in the middle were the book picke...
  • Sid Nuncius
    I enjoyed The Word Is Murder, although I did have reservations about it. It has a structure which I would expect to dislike: Anthony Horowitz casts himself in a central role in what purports to be a true-crime story, but is, of course, completely fictional. This leads to a lot of knowing stuff about how he is going to write the book and the whole thing is as much about how he writes his work as it is about the crime story. Horowitz does it very w...
  • Trev Twinem
    For fans of Ruth Rendell and Agatha Christie "The Word is Murder" is a very clever detective story which places the author as one of the central characters. Hawthorne is a retired detective and wishes to use his sharp analytical mind to help solve the death of wealthy woman Diana Cowper who is murdered six hours after she arranges her own funeral. He enlists the help of a reluctant author and it is hoped that both will not only solve the crime bu...
  • Quintin Zimmermann
    Anthony Horowitz blends fiction with non-fiction as he inserts himself into his own mystery novel as the first-person narrator. As a real world author, he fuses his real life experiences and interactions with his fictional characters. It is a rather clever device, but Horowitz dismally fails with his own express intentions - "I had to be sure that I wasn't too obtrusive, that I didn't get in the way". Horowitz's continued attempts to upstage his ...
  • Jen
    3.5 This was really clever.I know for a fact that the main reason I liked it so much was because it broke the boundary between reality and fiction as the main character in the story is the author (amazing).The characters dynamics didn't really work for me all the time and I found Hawthorne pretty insufferable but over all a solid story with a fun perspective.
  • Naty
    This review was originally posted at received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I have been wondering how to review this book since I started reading it and, now that I’m finished, I am still not sure. The first thing to say is that it’s unique, not your typical murder mystery, and it’s strange. I was not sure if I’d liked it until it was over, and I think a better way to descr...
  • Robin
    If you read MAGPIE MURDERS and was expecting a sequel or something along the same lines of a mystery-within-a-mystery, be prepared for something totally different. Horowitz shakes this up by incorporating himself into the plot to become "Watson" to the ex-detective Hawthorne's modern-day "Sherlock." Horowitz has written for a number of TV series and shows (most notably Foyle's War, something I didn't know) and drops a number of notable names from...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Usually when I realize I am not liking a book much I will stop reading it. And I almost stopped reading this one. I can tell you the exact page I was on when I had that NOPE moment. At that point I pulled up the Goodreads page and I was, well, flummoxed. This book's page is stacked with glowing reviews. And I knew from the success of MAGPIE MURDERS that this one will be popular, so I decided to keep going to see if the book would redeem itself. I...
  • Stephen Collins
    This very strange crime book he has put himself in to the story.An autobiography in crime book very funny idea.
  • Thebooktrail
    Visit the locations in the novel The Word is MurderWhat a fascinating book! A story about a well known writer (Mr Horowitz himself) writing how he is approached by an ex detective for a story, and then what happens as the story and research start to reveal itself..I've never read a book that is effectively being written and researched as you read it. A book where a writer has to help solve a crime in order to write his book. And he gets into some...
  • Lubinka Dimitrova
    I didn't really fancy his Alex Rider series, but this one was actually quite captivating, so much so, that I'll add Magpie Murders to my to-read pile. I really enjoyed the unusual premise on which the whole story was based, thought it was rather fun to get a glimpse into the writing process and the personal life (sort of) of a well known writer. Spielberg's and Peter Jacksons' passing through the story made me chuckle.
  • Mandy White
    so good.. and different!