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.
Yet again, another fantastic and original book from Anthony Horowitz! I'm a massive Horowitz fan and no matter how many books of his I read, I'm never disappointed. I only read my first book by him a year ago (in fact, it was the first book I ever reviewed on my blog) and I've been trying to get my hands on as many of his books as possible since!
The Word is Murder is completely unique, in that Anthony himself helps the detective to solve the crime. I loved this, and I loved reading about little details from his life like the process of script writing for Foyles War and references to things like Midsomer Murders (which if you've read previous reviews you'll know I'm obsessed with!)
This book is an addictive and unputdownable page-turner and Horowitz's distinctive voice constantly comes through. I often found myself chuckling at his comments and I thoroughly enjoyed his writing style.
The story is packed with red herrings and a totally unexpected and excellent twist. The characters are exceptionally well developed and make for a masterfully crafted novel.
Overall, I'm giving The Word is Murder 5 out of 5 and adding it to my Five Star Favourites Shelf. It was clever, compelling and completely unique. I'd wholeheartedly recommend it and I can't wait to go and buy my physical copy!
(Also, expect to hear a lot more about this book from me, over on Twitter. I'm going to Noirwich Crime Writing Festival this year to hear Anthony talk about The Word is Murder, so there will probably be a few excited tweets!!)
The Word is Murder is published by Penguin
This e-book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review
About the Author
Anthony Horowitz is the author of the bestselling teen spy series, Alex Rider, and is also responsible for creating and writing some of the UK's most loved and successful TV series, including Midsomer Murders and Foyle's War.
He has also written two highly acclaimed Sherlock Holmes novels, The House of Silk and Moriarty; a James Bond novel, Trigger Mortis; and his most recent stand-alone novel, Magpie Murders, was a Top Five Sunday Times bestseller.
He is on the board of the Old Vic Theatre, and was awarded an OBE for his services to literature in January 2014.
The Word is Murder is the first in a series of crime novels starring Detective Daniel Hawthorne.