The New York Times bestselling 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 cluesA woman crosses a London street.It is just after 11am 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.
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by Anthony Horowitz
"Rory Kinnear flawlessly performs this entertaining metafiction in which the real mystery writer Anthony Horowitz is persuaded by a fictional investigator called Hawthorne to shadow him as he solves a murder so Horowitz can write about it and make them rich. This is mad fun, especially if you are a fan of "Foyle's War," "Midsomer Murders," or other of Horowitz's work, since real movie folk (Spielberg!) from Horowitz's actual life become part of the story. It's a fresh and diverting spin on the classic scenario: eccentric-but-brilliant master sleuth with earnest-but-bumbling sidekick. Sherlock Holmes, anyone? (Horowitz has written that character, too.) Kinnear is so good you forget he's there; instead you feel as if you've seen this as a movie on some screen in your intercranial theater. B.G. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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