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.
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 of his television work. I must admit to being a Foyle’s War fan. I’ve also seen the odd episode of other things he has written. He has an impressive back catalogue. In A Word Is Murder, we get to know him on a whole new level. Or the fictionalised version of him. We see that he hobnobs with the likes of Steven Spielburg and appears at literary festivals. Horowitz gets drawn into a mystery, a rather odd little tale. Diana Cowper goes into a local undertakers and arranges her own funeral. Later that day, she is murdered. The police bring in a consultant to help them with this unusual case. It is ex-copper, Hawthorne, who is very much a Sherlock Holmes style character. With a single glance, Hawthorne can read people. Hawthorne wants his cases to be recorded and he brings in Horowitz, as a kind of biographer. Hawthorne and Horowitz investigate. They bicker. Horowitz tries to write. It is all very surreal, incredibly witty and a hoot to read.
This was a joy to read. I can not remember the last time I read a book, with a massive grin on my face. The humour is just superb and very British. It feels like an old fashioned Agatha Christie crime novel. Yet at the same time, we can tell it is modern day England, with all its up to date forensics and gadgetry. The author is very much paying homage to Sherlock Holmes; Hawthorne and Horowitz feel like a modern Sherlock Holmes and Watson. He blends fact and fiction, to the point where you don’t know what is real.
Thank you for recording your adventures with Hawthorne, Mr Horowitz. You did a fabulous job. We all love it! We want more!
Anyone who is slightly jaded with the crime genre should seek The Word Is Murder out. It is a massive showcase of the wonderful talents of Anthony Horowitz (author). It all felt incredibly real. Murder, with a dash of something unique and special.