The Word is Murder by Anthony Horwitz #TuesdayBookBlog

One bright spring morning in London, Diana Cowper–the wealthy mother of a famous actor–enters a funeral parlour. 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 at the centre 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.

My Review

I have always enjoyed the books of Anthony Horowitz, both for children and his adult crime books, but this novel is different. Written as if it is autobiography, Horowitz describes his experiences working with a fictional detective, the truculent, chain-smoking Daniel Hawthorne.  Constantly frustrated by the way Hawthorne keeps his thoughts and plans to himself, Horowitz tries to solve the case on his own, but there are many red herrings.  The murderer could be a member of the Godwin family who lost a son due to the careless driving of Diana Cowper, the victim, or is it someone associated to her famous son, actor Damian Cowper?

  There are a range of complex characters and another murder occurs, but I never felt fully involved, perhaps because I had no empathy for any of them. Sadly, I felt the author was deceiving me, so I won’t be choosing another of The cases in this series.

The Word is Murder on Amazon UK

My review of The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Published by lizannelloyd

Love history, reading, researching and writing. Articles published in My Family History and other genealogy magazines.

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