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The Word is Murder: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Anthony Horowitz

Narrated By: Rory Kinnear

Publisher: HarperAudio

Date: June 2018

Duration: 9 hours 3 minutes



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.


  • Anonymous

    Kept me on my toes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Great audiobook! Anthony Horowitz cannot put out a disappointment. His excellent way of writing holds your attention-he knows what to keep simple and what to detail-truly great writer and storyteller-

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Dey L.

    The best book I've read (listened to) in a long time. This is saying a lot, because for the past six months I've been on the trail of Swedish writers, whom I think are brilliant. However, "The Word is Murder" by Anthony is more than brilliant (if that's possible)..its ingenious. From start to finish this book - mystery, suspense, noir - is built on solid ground - like historic Victorian house. The Word is Murder is built to withstand the test of time (and weather for the house). To begin the foundation is laid by inserting the writer in the book he is writer (how cool is that). I'm sure its been done, before (in a since Sherlock Holmes - actually Watson writes about him writing the story). Next the story becomes clear early on - in a way also similar to a Sherlock Holmes story. So you don't have to wonder - when you find out what the story is about (this is one thing many readers don't like about Swedish writers). And of course the main characters are made very clear in the beginning - the the first two characters walking onto a stage in play - it provides a strong(er) focus for the story. And then there is the story itself; clearly evident in the books title (and maybe not...because actually I had to look back at the title at the end of the book...ha..ha..ha on me). And yet, even if I had paid attention to the double entendre, I don't know if I would have realized how relevant it is to the story (no spoiler here). However, let me back up a bit; basically its this is the story of a writer...telling the story of writing a book - and this is what moves the play...story along. Soon you forget this is an important part of the story - and find yourself following the along to find out "who done it" - the genius of the book. And last, but note least - I describe this as "noir" is a little strong - its actually "dark humor" - its a thread that connects the book in a similar way that - bumbling thoughts - and mis-thoughts of Watson (of Sherlock Holmes) threads the book. And, interesting to note, I can see more clearly how important those "bumblings" were to the success of Sherlock Holmes. Its the same way with the "dark humour" of The Word Is Murder"...and another reason its a good read. enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

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