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, Fiction, Crime, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Audiobook, Adult, Suspense, Contemporary, European Literature, British Literature

Reviews The Word Is Murder

  • Holly B
    4.5 STARS Who plans their own funeral 6 hours before their murder? I loved playing detective alongside Ex-DI Hawthorne and trying to make sense of the growing trail of leads.  What was the motive?  Did the victim know she was in danger? What is going on? Who left an important clue ? Did I catch that clue? NopeHorowitz plants himself in the story as well. He is a fictional character working with the detective as a writer to document the case as ...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    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 solvin...
  • Annet
    When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions... - HamletYes, 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 ge...
  • 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.
  • Phrynne
    Horowitz writes rather unusual books due I guess to his other career as a script writer. In 'The Word is Murder' he includes himself in his own fiction, sometimes standing aside to report on events and at other times being part of the story. It works well.Apart from Horowitz himself the main character is an ex detective who is called in to help when a murder is too difficult for the police to solve. He is a bit of a Sherlock Holmes character in t...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Beverly
    Bravo! The Word is Murder has many of the tropes of mystery fiction, including a brilliant, but acerbic detective, and his dim-witted partner, but manages to mix them together with details of the author's real life and work, so it was hard to tell what was made up and what was real. Horowitz, is the none too bright writer who becomes the Watson for ex-detective Hawthorne's Sherlock Holmes. Again and again the author pokes fun at the image of the ...
  • 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...
  • Amy
    This was such a highly original and clever read, I honestly can’t recall a book that I’ve read that even comes close to it, it blurs the lines between fact and fiction in the coolest way. Horowitz is actually a character himself in the story and solely narrates things, it was a straightforward, good old fashioned murder mystery and it was executed flawlessly while also implementing a fresh, unusual tactic that I enjoyed immensely.Horowitz tea...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kaila
    Hawthorne certainly had a magnetic personality. Although, of course, magnets can repel as well as attract. I knew from the start that The Word Is Murder was going to be unlike anything I'd ever read. Anthony Horowitz has written himself into his next mystery novel, during which he gets more than he bargained for in a murder mystery he was hoping to use as inspiration for his next mystery novel. Yes, you read that correctly.Horowitz's fictional v...
  • Heather~
    So so good! I'm going to say 4.5⭐ awesome murder mystery stars. This was my idea of a fun (if you can say murder is fun 🤷🏻) who dunnit!! There were just a few pages that seemed I could've done without, but other than that, I absolutely LOVED it. And I loved that what I thought was going on happened to not be the case lol. I will definitely be reading more books by Anthony Horowitz!! Excellent!! A huge THANK YOU to Harper Collins for my co...
  • Faith
    Anthony Horowitz has written a book in which Hawthorne, a former police detective now working as a police consultant, enlists Anthony Horowitz to collaborate with him on a book about his detective work. The case that is to be the subject of this proposed book (and also of the book "The Word is Murder") involves the murder of a wealthy widow and mother of a successful actor, coincidentally a few hours after she had arranged her own funeral. That m...
  • Donna
    It pains me to give this book three stars since it has a really great criminal mystery to solve, one that kept me guessing throughout the story and was worth five stars. But the characters, which are of prime importance to me, just weren’t appealing, including the author who inserted himself as a main character, one acting as narrator, too. And what was worse, he made his characters unappealing on purpose to keep up the premise of being as accu...
  • 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 ...
  • Dana
    4.5 stars!
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Cindy Burnett
    3.5 starsThe Word is Murder is an entertaining read. I enjoyed the format of the author including himself in the novel, and the fact that his attempts to determine if an unexpected death is in fact murder are inept at best. I would have preferred the story to be a little shorter, but it was enjoyable.
  • 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...