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The Word Is Murder: A Novel by Anthony…

The Word Is Murder: A Novel (2017)

by Anthony Horowitz

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Diana Cowper, eine elegante ältere Dame, geht zu einem Bestatter, um die Details ihrer Beerdigung zu besprechen. Dies ist nicht so ungewöhnlich, aber dennoch kommt das eher selten vor. Am selben Abend jedoch wird sie in ihrem Londoner Haus ermordet. Daniel Hawthorne, ein ehemaliger Detective der Londoner Metropolitan Police, hilft bei den Ermittlungen. Er bittet den Autor Anthony Horowitz seine Nachforschungen zu begleiten und ein Buch darüber zu verfassen. So kommt der berühmte Schreiber dazu, eine echte Ermittlung live mitzuerleben. Allerdings scheint der Fall ins Nichts zu führen. War alles nur purer Zufall und Mrs Cowper schlicht das Opfer eines Raubüberfalls? Als ihr Sohn Daniel jedoch erstochen in seinem Apartment aufgefunden wird, ist es offenkundig, dass der Tod der Mutter kein Zufall gewesen sein konnte. Alle Zeichen weisen auf einen Autounfall 10 Jahre zuvor, bei dem Mrs Cowper einen Jungen tötete. Aber irgendwie wollen die Puzzlestücke nicht so recht zusammenpassen. Das eigenwillige Team von Ex-Detective und Autor muss tiefer graben, bis sie sich selbst in große Gefahr bringen.

Auch nach Ende des Buchs bin ich nicht ganz sicher, ob irgendetwas Wahres an der Geschichte ist oder alles nur der Phantasie eines genialen Autors entspringt. Wie auch immer, es kommt eigentlich nur darauf an, dass man unterhalten wird und das war auf jeden Fall hier gegeben. Der Mordfall war clever konstruiert, überraschend, einfach genial.

Der Roman beginnt unerwartet. Die Planungen der Beerdigungen irritieren schon etwas, dann kommt ein harter Bruch und der Autor spricht zum Leser und es wird klar, dass man nur eine Geschichte in einer Geschichte gelesen hat. Ein recht ungewöhnlicher, aber doch kreativer Start, der bestens zur ganzen Geschichte passt.

Der Mordfall bietet alles, was man erwarten und wünschen würde: mehrere Verdächtige, alle mit zweifelhaftem Verhalten und offenkundigen Motiven. Sehr ungewöhnliche Charaktere, die einem reichlich Material zum Grübeln liefern. Nichtsdestotrotz greift am Ende alles perfekt ineinander, wenn auch die Motivation etwas überrascht, allerdings ist sie in der Gesamtschau plausibel und passt zum Plot.

So entstand ein humorvoller Krimi, der einmal mehr Horowitz‘ meisterhaftes Schreibvermögen unterstreicht. ( )
  miss.mesmerized | Mar 10, 2019 |
I love Horowitz's other work, but I found this one difficult to get into and a struggle to finish. It didn't help that the detective character was so abrasive and unlikable. And having the author participate as a character in the story? Just...no. ( )
  Gingermama | Mar 7, 2019 |
Hawthorne/Horowitz subbing for Holmes/Watson redeems itself
Review of the Audible Audio edition narrated by Rory Kinnear

Anthony Horowitz has made excellent pastiches of Ian Fleming in his James Bond continuation/ fill-in series and of Arthur Conan Doyle in his Sherlock Holmes reboot series. The start of The Word is Murder is perhaps a bit too meta, as Horowitz writes himself into the book as a modern day Watson who is enlisted by a modern day Sherlock Holmes named Hawthorne to act as his partner scribe when he consults on a murder investigation. In the audio book this seemed very tedious for a long time as we hear about Horowitz's real and/or imagined writing problems with both his books and his TV/movie scripts. But then at the actual funeral scene around the 4 hour mark the plot really does kick off and the game is afoot! I couldn't wait to hear what happened next in the 5 hours that followed. All is forgiven, so don't give up if it seems like it is going nowhere at first and especially when at the Steven Spielberg/Peter Jackson cameo appearance you begin to worry that there is no investigating going on here.

The narration by actor Rory Kinnear (probably best known as Bill Tanner aka M's Chief of Staff in the Daniel Craig/James Bond movies) was excellent throughout. ( )
  alanteder | Feb 26, 2019 |
I was head over heels for Horowitz’s Magpie Murders so when I saw he had published another mystery book I knew I would read it at some point. Actually I ended up going with the audio version which was very well done and narrated by Rory Kinnear. This book isn’t quite as intricate a mystery as Magpie was but it still was a very well done, intelligent mystery.

A woman enters a funeral home to plan her own funeral. Hours later, she is found dead in her own home, strangled. From there we move on to meet Daniel Hawthorne, a disgraced former detective who now serves as a consultant to the police because he is a brilliant case solver. He puts clues together with remarkable ease and comes up with the killer’s identification in case after case with incredible ease. He works on the case with Anthony Horowitz (the author) who is commissioned by Hawthorne to write a book about the case. The case takes many intricate turns before Hawthorne finally solves the mystery. Highly recommended. ( )
  brenzi | Feb 25, 2019 |
I loved this clever murder mystery. It’s written from the point of view of the author trying to write a book about the case. A woman plans her own funeral and is murdered in her home later that day. A cranky, rude detective is hired to consult with the police on the case. There were fun random scenes, like those with Peter Jackson & Spielberg, and the whole thing was entertaining start to finish. I cared more about the characters than the mystery. ( )
  bookworm12 | Feb 3, 2019 |
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When a wealthy woman is found murdered after planning her own funeral service, disgraced police detective Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, author Anthony Horowitz, investigate.

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