The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz audiobook

The Word is Murder: A Novel

By Anthony Horowitz
Read by Rory Kinnear

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780062676788

The Detective Daniel Hawthorne Series: Book 1

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SHE PLANNED HER OWN FUNERAL. BUT DID SHE ARRANGE HER OWN MURDER? New York Times bestselling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty, Anthony Horowitz has yet again brilliantly reinvented the classic crime novel, this time writing a fictional version of himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes. One bright spring morning in London, Diana Cowper – the wealthy mother of a famous actor - enters a funeral parlor. She is there to plan her own service. Six hours later she is found dead, strangled with a curtain cord in her own home. Enter disgraced police detective Daniel Hawthorne, a brilliant, eccentric investigator who’s as quick with an insult as he is to crack a case. Hawthorne needs a ghost writer to document his life; a Watson to his Holmes. He chooses Anthony Horowitz. Drawn in against his will, Horowitz soon finds himself a the center of a story he cannot control. Hawthorne is brusque, temperamental and annoying but even so his latest case with its many twists and turns proves irresistible. The writer and the detective form an unusual partnership. At the same time, it soon becomes clear that Hawthorne is hiding some dark secrets of his own. A masterful and tricky mystery that springs many surprises, The Word is Murder is Anthony Horowitz at his very best.

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Summary

Summary

A Strand Magazine Pick of Best Audiobooks for Summer

A Booklist Pick of the Top Ten Crime Fiction Audiobooks

A BookPage Top Pick in Crime Fiction for Private Eye July

An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick

A June 2018 LibraryReads Pick

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

New York Times bestselling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty, Anthony Horowitz has yet again brilliantly reinvented the classic crime novel, this time writing a fictional version of himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes.

One bright spring morning in London, Diana Cowper – the wealthy mother of a famous actor - enters a funeral parlor. She is there to plan her own service.

Six hours later she is found dead, strangled with a curtain cord in her own home.

Enter disgraced police detective Daniel Hawthorne, a brilliant, eccentric investigator who’s as quick with an insult as he is to crack a case. Hawthorne needs a ghost writer to document his life; a Watson to his Holmes. He chooses Anthony Horowitz.

Drawn in against his will, Horowitz soon finds himself a the center of a story he cannot control. Hawthorne is brusque, temperamental and annoying but even so his latest case with its many twists and turns proves irresistible. The writer and the detective form an unusual partnership. At the same time, it soon becomes clear that Hawthorne is hiding some dark secrets of his own.

A masterful and tricky mystery that springs many surprises, The Word is Murder is Anthony Horowitz at his very best.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An ingenious fun-house mirror of a novel sets a vintage ‘cozy’ mystery inside a modern frame.” Wall Street Journal
“The beguiling whodunit plot is dispatched with characteristic élan as Horowitz blurs the line between fact and fiction.” Financial Times (London)
“A classic whodunit with a metatwist.” Library Journal
“Full of surprises and suspense…hugely entertaining.” Washington Book Review
“Veteran reader Kinnear is wonderful, whether as the gruff and pushy Hawthorne, prim Diana Cowper, or indignant Horowitz…This is a wonderfully complex mystery with memorable characters; it’s also a lot of fun, and excellent on audio.” Booklist (starred audio review)
“Rory Kinnear flawlessly performs this entertaining metafiction…This is mad fun, especially if you are a fan of Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders, or other of Horowitz’s work…Kinnear is so good you forget he’s there; instead you feel as if you’ve seen this as a movie on some screen in your intercranial theater.” AudioFile
“Horowitz succeeds with The Word Is Murder by simultaneously adhering to and defying the rules of a traditional mystery.” Christian Science Monitor
“Inventive, clever, and brilliantly written…Hawthorne and Horowitz are vibrant as a modern-day Holmes-Watson duo and their partnership is as credible as it is entertaining. Readers will delight in this wonderful modern-day twist of the classic who-done-it mystery.” RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)
“Deduction and wit are well-balanced, and fans of Peter Lovesey and other modern channelers of the spirit of the golden age of detection will clamor for more.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Horowitz…out-Doyles Doyle by inserting himself into the story as the Watson-like narrator of a murder investigation.” Booklist (starred review)
“Readers who think they’ve solved the puzzle early on can rest assured that they’ve opened only one of many dazzling Christmas packages Horowitz has left beautifully wrapped under the tree.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Anthony Horowitz

Author Bio: Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz is the author of mysteries, thrillers, historical fiction, fantasy, children’s fiction, and young-adult fiction, including the New York Times bestselling Magpie Murders and Moonflower Murders. He has written nine stand-alone novels and novels in more than a dozen series. His novel Trigger Mortis features original material from Ian Fleming. His bestselling Alex Rider series for young adults has sold more than nineteen million copies worldwide. As a TV screenwriter, he created both Midsomer Murders and the BAFTA-winning Foyle’s War on PBS. He regularly contributes to a wide variety of national newspapers and magazines. In January 2014 he was awarded an OBE.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 9.05
Audience: Adult
Language: English