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The New York Times best-selling 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 11 a.m. 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.

©2018 Anthony Horowitz (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Alice
  • Pennsylvania
  • 06-26-18

Something New

Anthony Horowitz's new mystery is brilliantly different, compelling, beautifully written, and something new. If you read the genre regularly you will be riveted by the perfection of the story, but more so by the creativity of the form. I believe I read it described as a meta-mystery, and it was indeed a story over a story, and under another story. I couldn't put it down, I'm waiting for a sequel, and the characters will stay with me for a long time. Hawthorne, (clearly a current Sherlock) is one of the best characters I've read for a while, in all of his strange quirky, and at times offensive behavior. It is classic, yet post-modern, but mostly just great reading.

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Very Clever

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was anxious to read it because I had loved Magpie Murders. I do hope we will be reading more about Anthony and Hawthorne.

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Meh...

Clever, but within the limits of he genre. Good writer, but do not expect anything earth shattering.

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Lots of fun

Anthony Horowitz writes thoroughly enjoyable fiction. This was lots of fun. If you like it, try Magpie Murders as well.

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Hilarious! Great Story, Great Characters!

Great whodunnit read by the incomparable Rory Kinnear. An “old school” detective mystery well set in current day London. Chockablock with droll cultural references. Homage to Agatha Christie with a whiff of Terry Pratchett. Skillful storytelling that absolutely delivers without taking itself too seriously. Looking forward to more!

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  • Patricia
  • FAIRWAY, KS, United States
  • 07-01-18

Horowitz does it again

I really enjoyed this book and hope it’s just the first in a series. Anthony Horowitz is not just clever but also a terrific writer. I was sorry when the story ended.

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Loved it!

I really enjoyed this book.
Had to do a bit of research to see if it was fact or fiction. That is what made it so interesting.
I loved House of Silk and Magpie Murders. This is just as good.
My only criticism is the narrator read too quickly at times. Faster than a person would speak. Made me think I had bumped up the speed.

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Mystery

This is the second book by Mr. Horowitz I have read and both have been extremely enjoyable. This books keep you interested from start to finish. It has interesting characters and a interconnected theme that engages you from start to finish. It is set in England and the setting makes the story more real. Great narration.

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A gripping tale, well told.

Listened to it in practically one sitting, enjoyed the story and the performance was excellent. Each character had a clearly distinguishable voice, and all the dialogue was clearly pronounced. The author did a nice job of placing himself in the story.

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Felt like an intellectual exercise

I have loved the author’s previous adult novels. This one, not so much. It was hard to warm to any of the characters and without that, it was interesting but not satisfying.

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