I’ll start by saying this is the first book by Anthony Horowitz that I’ve read and I was gifted the book by a relative.  The word is murder is a cleverly written fictional murder mystery, when Diana Cowper walks in to a funeral parlour to plan her own funeral she ends up dead by the end of the day.  So did she know she was going to die or something more sinister afoot?  Investigating her death is Detective Hawthorne, a character it seems we are built up to dislike, he is rude, homophobic and has a high opinion of himself. 

His “sidekick” however is the real interesting part of this book, because it is the author himself and it is this character that is also the narrator of the book.  The events and story are all fictional however you do seem to become more lost in the story due to this fact and it’s easy to forget that this is fiction… I’m not going to lie I had to google to double check!

The plot is full of the twists and turns of any good murder mystery and I was taken by surprise by the discovery of the killer at the end.  I found this a very compelling story made all the more real by the interesting character / author blur.  If you are looking for a twist on the classic Whodunnit, this one is for you!  More please!

The Word is Murder Book Cover The Word is Murder
Anthony Horowitz
Arrow
19 April 2018
400

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...

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