Book Review – The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

About the Book

SHE PLANNED HER OWN FUNERAL. BUT DID SHE ARRANGE HER MURDER?

Buried secrets, murder and a trail of bloody clues lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz’s page-turning new detective series. If you enjoyed BBC’s Sherlock, you’ll LOVE The Word is Murder!

SHE PLANNED HER OWN FUNERAL. BUT DID SHE ARRANGE HER OWN MURDER?

A woman is strangled six hours after organising her own funeral.

Did she know she was going to die? Did she recognise her killer?

Daniel Hawthorne, a recalcitrant detective with secrets of his own, is on the case, together with his reluctant side-kick – a man completely unaccustomed to the world of crime.

But even Hawthorne isn’t prepared for the twists and turns in store – as unexpected as they are bloody…

Comment

We are not all fans of crime fiction but this was chosen for our library book club and we enjoyed it. Of course, Anthony Horowitz has a long and distinguished record as a writer for TV with such well know programmes as ‘Foyle’s War’ and episdoes of ‘Midsummer Murders’.

A great part of the appeal of this murder mystery is the protagonist Hawthorne, a grumpy, taciturn, chain smoking ex-detective who hires Horowitz to join him in solving the strange murder of a woman on the very day she has visited the undertaker to arrange her funeral. As part of this deal Hawthorne wants Horowitz to write his biography and share the proceeds of what he’s certain will be a best seller.

Horowitz narrates the story and as would be expected with his vast experience the writing is excellent. Worth a read and I would look out for the next book starring Hawthorne.

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