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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty brilliantly reinvents the classic crime novel once again with this clever and inventive mystery starring a fictional version of the author himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes, investigating a case involving buried secrets, murder, and a trail of bloody clues.
A woman crosses a London street.
It is just after 11 a.m. on a bright spring morning, and she is going into a funeral parlor to plan her own service.
Six hours later the woman is dead, strangled with a crimson curtain cord in her own home.
Enter disgraced police detective Daniel Hawthorne, a brilliant, eccentric man as quick with an insult as he is to crack a case. And Hawthorne has a partner, the celebrated novelist Anthony Horowitz, curious about the case and looking for new material.
As brusque, impatient, and annoying as Hawthorne can be, Horowitz - a seasoned hand when it comes to crime stories - suspects the detective may be on to something, and is irresistibly drawn into the mystery. But as the case unfolds, Horowitz realizes he’s at the center of a story he can’t control...and that his brilliant partner may be hiding dark and mysterious secrets of his own.
A masterful and tricky mystery which plays games at many levels, The Word Is Murder is Anthony Horowitz at his very best.
©2018 Anthony Horowitz (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Alice on 06-26-18

Something New

Anthony Horowitz's new mystery is brilliantly different, compelling, beautifully written, and something new. If you read the genre regularly you will be riveted by the perfection of the story, but more so by the creativity of the form. I believe I read it described as a meta-mystery, and it was indeed a story over a story, and under another story. I couldn't put it down, I'm waiting for a sequel, and the characters will stay with me for a long time. Hawthorne, (clearly a current Sherlock) is one of the best characters I've read for a while, in all of his strange quirky, and at times offensive behavior. It is classic, yet post-modern, but mostly just great reading.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Cynthea Corlett on 06-13-18

Very Clever

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was anxious to read it because I had loved Magpie Murders. I do hope we will be reading more about Anthony and Hawthorne.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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