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The Word Is Murder (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages / Published: 24/08/2017
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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.

Spread the word, The Word is Murder!

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 Michael Hawthorne.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9781780896847
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 665 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 35 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"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!" * from the publisher's description *
"Raises the game-playing to Olympic level." * Guardian Books of the Year *
"A real page-turner. I loved it!" -- ALED JONES (ITV, Weekend)
"Ingenious twist on the classic whodunnit" * The Guardian *
"The beguiling whodunit plot is dispatched with characteristic elan as Horowitz blurs the line between fact and fiction" * Financial Times *
"Splendidly entertaining, absorbing and difficult to put down. Hawthorne is an intriguing character" * Daily Express *
"There is plenty of metafictional fun to be had" * The Guardian *
"Horowitz is strong on plot ... and infectiously zestful" * Daily Telegraph *
"Fast-paced and full of unpredictable twists and turns." * The Times Audiobook of the week *
"Horowitz has put together a cleverly twisting mystery featuring plenty of suspicious characters and more than a few red herrings" * Nudge *
"keeps you guessing until the excellent solution" * Country Life *
"Horowitz is undeniably brilliant at plot construction" * Metro *
"With its unorthodox protagonist, clever plotting, brilliantly imperfect characters, and escalating sense of urgency and intrigue, The Word is Murder is an instant crime classic that will keep you reading as fast as you can... one of the best and most compulsively readable mysteries of the year. Hugely satisfying on every level." * Written by Sime *
"The Word is Murder is an excellent detective story, with a very satisfying set of twists and turns which keep you guessing as to the true identity of the killer." * NZ Booklovers *
"A very clever and inventive mystery" * Bookbag *
"Will undoubtedly exhilarate not only crime and Horowitz fans but anyone who enjoys the sense of metafiction and fourth wall breaking found in books by authors like Lemony Snicket, Bret Easton Ellis and Martin Amis." * Fiendfully Reading *
"Horowitz is a highly accomplished author and his writing is immediately engaging ...The whole book is exceptionally well executed. The Word is Murder follows the conventions of the thriller genre but it also feels new and original. I found this book refreshing, incredibly readable and, actually, the word I want to use is delightful!" * Bibliomaniac blog *
"An extremely entertaining read ... I immensely enjoyed this book" * Lavender Books Blog *
"The dramatic finale to the case has you on the edge of your seat and the ending has a delightfully entertaining twist" * Cross Examining Crime blog *
"The Word Is Murderis an intriguing labyrinth of whodunnits and a true page-turner throughout" * Real Crime Magazine *
"A quirky, highly original first person narrative ... The whole story is a real page turner, with a splendid mix of murder mystery, suspense and thriller with a large dose of more factual information concerning the author's work as an author and scriptwriter" * Splashes Into Books blog *
"This has to be one of the most unique books I've read, complete with plenty of angst, twists and turns to keep readers guessing to the very end. The story is an enthralling skilful blend of fact and fiction, mixed together by a highly talented wordsmith to create a superb murder mystery that I have no hesitation whatsoever in highly recommending" * Splashes Into Books blog *
"The Word Is Murder is a captivating tale with an interesting mix of blood, murder and humour only Horowitz could pull off... As the book neared the end, I found myself literally gaping in shock as the killer was revealed. It was not only a great and suspenseful read but also a great mystery-murder novel which keeps you wanting to learn more and comes full circle" * Twelve Pale Roses blog *
"A perfect detective novel in a unique style complete with an excellent twist!" * Life Has a Funny Way of Sneaking Up On You *
"Anthony Horowitz is a wonderfully tricksy, playful and mischievous writer. A very clever one, too ... As should be obvious, highly, highly recommended" * Lady Fancifull blog *
"What an interesting and curious story ... A modern day Holmes and Watson, an intriguing story and a tale of observation" * Lynn's Books blog *
"This book is simply magnificent ... Horowitz fans are going to love this book, as are all fans of classic detective novels." * The Most Sublime blog *
"I found this novel a sheer delight from start to finish" * Harriet Devine blog *
"The Word is Murderis a fresh, funny twist on the classic murder mystery" * Roaring Bookworm blog *
"Confident writing by an author with an established voice, at the top of his game. I was hooked, I stayed to the end, and it was a delight." * Crime Fiction Lover *
"Crazy, cool, and totally enthralling. It's like nothing you've read before- prepare to be amazed and read all night." * Booklovers 3 *
"An `old-fashioned-but-still-modern' detective novel. Loved it!'" * Nudge *
"With its unorthodox protagonist, clever plotting, brilliantly imperfect characters, and escalating sense of urgency and intrigue, The Word is Murder is an instant crime classic that will keep you reading as fast as you can... one of the best and most compulsively readable mysteries of the year. Hugely satisfying on every level." * Written by Sime *
"A very clever and inventive mystery" * Bookbag *
"Will undoubtedly exhilarate not only crime and Horowitz fans but anyone who enjoys the sense of metafiction and fourth wall breaking found in books by authors like Lemony Snicket, Bret Easton Ellis and Martin Amis." * Fiendfully Reading *
"He sucks us in immediately, with his own voice telling this compelling crime story, giving us a glimpse into the mind of an author doing research. Between the narration of his real life woven through the story and the brilliance of Hawthorne, there;s very little not to like in this novel, the blend of fact and fiction works perfectly. The chemistry between the two leads gives it the feel of Sherlock Holmes; we'll want more from this duo." * RTE Guide *
"Horowitz is a highly accomplished author and his writing is immediately engaging ...The whole book is exceptionally well executed. The Word is Murder follows the conventions of the thriller genre but it also feels new and original. I found this book refreshing, incredibly readable and, actually, the word I want to use is delightful!" * Bibliomaniac blog *
"A rather intriguing mix of fact and fiction" * Bailey's blog *
"`A meta-fictional and extremely gripping read that I was unable to put down. Holmes and Watson who? More Hawthorne and Horowitz please! 5 stars'" * Page to Stage Reviews blog *
"A very addictive read ... Go get yourself a copy right now!" * Me and My Books *
"This book has one of the most unique concepts of all the books I've ever read" * The Stacked Shelf blog *
"Clever and engaging" * See Orange blog *
"A perfect detective novel in a unique style complete with an excellent twist!" * Life Has a Funny Way of Sneaking Up On You *
"A cleverly crafted novel which will appeal to fans of murder mysteries" * Jo's Book Journey blog *
"Clues and misdirection are sprinkled expertly along the way, and the final twist is satisfying" * The Jewish Chronicle *

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“Hawthorne Investigates”

A writer and a detective that is what it is all about. A very unlikely pairing, Hawthorne and Horowitz, could not be more different. Horowitz is convinced he is writing a book that no one will want to read and yet... More

Hardback edition
2 similar books recommended
24th August 2017
Helpful? Upvote 12

“A Very Clever and Unusual Book”

The Word is Murder is a very different and clever book .Anthony Horowitz is the real author drawn into the middle of crime with an ex detective who wants a book written about himself .So he is trying to help solve it... More

Hardback edition
2nd September 2017
Helpful? Upvote 9
Sarah

“Unusual Premise But I Really Liked It ”

Note: This book was received from the publisher in return for an honest review

The House Of Silk was my introduction to Anthony Horowitz as an author, I vaguely knew him as a YA author, although I’ve not read any of... More

Hardback edition
3rd October 2017
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