Book Review: The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

What’s it about?


A woman is strangled six hours after organising her own funeral.

Did she know she was going to die? Did she recognise her killer?

Daniel Hawthorne, a recalcitrant detective with secrets of his own, is on the case, together with his reluctant side-kick – a man completely unaccustomed to the world of crime.

But even Hawthorne isn’t prepared for the twists and turns in store – as unexpected as they are bloody…



My thoughts

This book was recommended to me by a fellow book blogger and lucky for me I bought it when it was on Kindle offer for 99p and it was money well spent.

This was my first Horowitz experience and I was hooked from the start – a woman goes into a funeral parlour and later she’s found dead.  How can you not be taken in by that?

One of the stand out differences this book has, which I noticed in the very early chapters, is that the author has cast himself as one of the main characters – every good detective needs his/her sidekick which is what Horowitz is here.  It’s told in the first person by the author which I thought to be an original and very different way of telling the story.  In the opening chapters I did wonder if I was reading the author’s notes rather than the actual book! 🙂

I read the book on holiday which was great because I couldn’t put it down which meant I’d read it in 24 hours which is really good going for me.

There’s a whole cast of characters to take your pick from in this really clever murder mystery whodunnit so you won’t be short of suspects.  I hate it when the murderer is thrown in at the last minute so you have no chance of working it out, or having a good guess at least.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend if you like Robert Bryndza’s Erika Foster or Tony Parsons’ Max Wolfe.  I will definitely read more from this author!

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Author links: Twitter | Website

Small print for info
Source: Purchased
No of pages: 374
Publisher: Arrow


  1. 14th August 2018 / 9:52 pm

    I’m really glad you enjoyed it. I still haven’t forgiven him for the end of Moriarty… but when I do, I’ll try this one! 🙂

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      18th August 2018 / 5:27 pm

      I’ve not read that one but do want to read more of his books!

  2. 18th August 2018 / 3:19 am

    Ohhh I LOVE the sound of this one! Wonderful review. xx

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      18th August 2018 / 8:56 am

      Thank you x
      I’m sure it would be a book you’d enjoy!

  3. 18th August 2018 / 7:11 pm

    Interesting premise! It’s been a long time since I read any Horowitz – I used to borrow my brothers’ Alex Rider books, but I don’t think I’ve ever tried anything he’s written for adults.


    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      24th August 2018 / 6:17 pm

      Definitely worth trying if you like this kind of thing 🙂

  4. 20th August 2018 / 11:50 am

    You’ve found a new author to love 🙂

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      24th August 2018 / 6:17 pm

      I have – will keep my eye out for some more bargains! 🙂

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