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The Word Is Murder: A Novel (A Hawthorne and Horowitz Mystery, 1) (edition 2019)

by Anthony Horowitz (Author)

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Anthony Horowitz has yet again 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.… (more)
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Title:The Word Is Murder: A Novel (A Hawthorne and Horowitz Mystery, 1)
Authors:Anthony Horowitz (Author)
Info:Harper Perennial (2019), Edition: Reprint, 432 pages
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When author and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz is approached by a police consultant to collaborate on a true crime account of a murder investigation, Horowitz’s curiosity overcomes his initial reluctance. Just hours before the murder, the victim, mother of a famous actor, had visited a funeral home where she planned and paid for her funeral. Did she suspect that someone wanted her to die? Daniel Hawthorne, the former police officer turned private detective, gets under Horowitz’s skin, and to be fair, most people find Hawthorne highly annoying. But Hawthorne is brilliant, and the unlikely pair make a 21st century Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

The line between fact and fiction blurs in this novel. Horowitz drops tidbits throughout on his real life projects, particularly Foyle’s War. Arthur Conan Doyle did it first with his fictional Dr. Watson as the first-person narrator of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Horowitz gives it a new twist by inserting himself into the story. I think it’s fun. YMMV. ( )
  cbl_tn | May 24, 2024 |
It was okay.i found the presence of the author in the story very distracting. The constant name dropping and the classism were hard to stomach. ( )
  cspiwak | Mar 6, 2024 |
Kuna ma lugesin enne seda "Harakamõrvasid", siis ei saa 5 anda, aga ikka väga hea raamat.
Tagantjärele mulle kohutavalt meeldib lähenemine - see, et autor on ise oma raamatus tegelane, ja see, kuidas reaalsus ja fiktsioon on mõnusalt sassi keeratud, enam ei saa aru, kust jookseb piir, kas see kõik oligi päriselt või kas üldse midagi oli päriselt. :D ( )
  sashery | Jan 29, 2024 |
Good but not great mystery told from the POV of the author tasked with writing the “true crime” book about the case.

The story was interesting but the whole thing had a weird vibe — almost stilted note taking and not flowing storytelling. I think that was a deliberate choice and I’m not sure it was a good one. I liked the Magpie Murders more. ( )
  hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |
The story is full of surprises, twists and suspense. Horowitz writes a mystery as he partners with an intense and irritating former policeman, Hawthorne. Hawthorne wants Horowitz to write his story but he seldom opens up about himself nor the clues and the investigation steps. He has amazing powers of observation and deduction but he is not a people person.

The ending was breathtaking as the killer is revealed and Horowitz comes too close to the solution. Definitely I didn’t figure out the identity of the killer.

Note: There are like 7 occurrences of the * f bomb. Usually used when Hawthorne is very angry. ( )
  LuLibro | Jan 22, 2024 |
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Just after eleven o'clock on a bright spring morning, the sort of day when the sunshine is almost white and promises a warmth that it doesn't quite deliver, Diana Cowper crossed the Fulham Road and went into a funeral parlour.
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Anthony Horowitz has yet again 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.

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