The Word Is Murder - Anthony Horowitz

The Word Is Murder

By Anthony Horowitz

  • Release Date: 2018-06-05
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 454 Ratings



New York Times bestselling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty, Anthony Horowitz has yet again brilliantly reinvented the classic crime novel, this time writing a fictional version of himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes.

One bright spring morning in London, Diana Cowper – the wealthy mother of a famous actor - enters a funeral parlor. She is there to plan her own service.

Six hours later she is found dead, strangled with a curtain cord in her own home.

Enter disgraced police detective Daniel Hawthorne, a brilliant, eccentric investigator who’s as quick with an insult as he is to crack a case. Hawthorne needs a ghost writer to document his life; a Watson to his Holmes. He chooses Anthony Horowitz.

Drawn in against his will, Horowitz soon finds himself a the center of a story he cannot control. Hawthorne is brusque, temperamental and annoying but even so his latest case with its many twists and turns proves irresistible. The writer and the detective form an unusual partnership. At the same time, it soon becomes clear that Hawthorne is hiding some dark secrets of his own.

A masterful and tricky mystery that springs many surprises, The Word is Murder is Anthony Horowitz at his very best.


  • Fantastic

    By Nikkivnac
    This is the first book I read by this author and I really loved it . It was entertaining from the beginning and had me wanting to keep turning the page to find out more . I found the concept so very interesting by the author inputting himself into the book. I loved it, all of it !
  • Absolutely fantastic

    By Vassmy
    I loved it! As an avid reader of fiction, spy thrillers and mysteries, this book was all of that and more. Charming, so well written and a pleasure to read. Bravo!!
  • Entertaining, funny, gripping

    By Lo Scho
    Incredibly entertaining from start to finish. The author’s love of Sherlock Holmes stories was evident in the dynamics of the main characters. The author does an inventive take on the traditional “who done it” by writing himself into the story; a move which could have fallen flat but it’s pulled off in a self deprecating and often laugh inducing fashion. I highly recommend the audio version- one of the best narrations I have ever heard.
  • Geo

    By artbygeo
    I would not buy this author again.found a lot of needless filler. Took way to long in developing the characters. Never really made the detective believable. The end ...well...glad to get it over