Image of The Word Is Murder: A Novel


Image of The Word Is Murder: A Novel

Horowitz’s latest mystery is inventive, clever and brilliantly written. Vivid, lively narration told from the POV of the character Anthony Horowitz — a fictional version of the actual author cleverly incorporated into the story — will draw readers into this story. Horowitz is an expert at creating the tone of a quintessential classic British mystery with a unique, calculating, astute detective in Hawthorne and a colorful cast of suspects. 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.

Diana Cowper, mother to a famous actor, walks into a funeral parlor to plan her own funeral. Six hours later, Diana is found murdered in her home. At a cafe, over a day later, the clever, eccentric Detective Daniel Hawthorne proposes that fiction writer Anthony Horowitz write a true crime novel about himself. It means Horowitz trailing Hawthorne as he works on this latest murder case involving Diana Cowper. Horowitz accepts, seeing the opportunity to remain relevant as a writer. However, it’s a rough beginning for them both with Hawthorne and Horowitz clashing over the content of the book. As the case wears on and the mystery behind Diana Cowper’s death is revealed, Hawthorne and Horowitz become unlikely partners, unearthing secrets and making discoveries, a few of them hitting close to home. (HARPER, Jun., 400 pp., $27.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melanie Bates