Sunday, September 16, 2018

THE WORD IS MURDER by Anthony Horowitz

Publisher:     Harper
Published:     June 5, 2018
ISBN:        978-0062676788
Genre:      Mystery, Suspense
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Library
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


Anthony Horowitz is approached by former police officer, Hawthorne to write a book about himself.  Hawthorne provided some advice on a few of Horowitz’s earlier books and he thinks his story might be interesting.  While Horowitz debates whether or not Hawthorne’s story would be a good one the former detective is on the case of a murdered woman, Diane Cowper.  As they dig into Cowper’s death some very strange facts arise.  From the events that led to a tragic accident ten years before to the fact that she was killed mere hours after she planned her own funeral, event after event leads to more odd happenings.  And then things take first a twisted and then horrific turn when shortly after her funeral there is another murder. 

This was my first Anthony Horowitz although I admit I’ve a huge fan of Midsomer Murders.  After reading THE WORD IS MURDER I’ll not only be picking up his backlist but adding him to my must reads list.  THE WORD IS MURDER is a clever premise that I haven't seen before—the author is a character in his own story.   I’ve heard romance authors talk about how a character, generally the hero, becomes so much a part of their thought process that he seems real.  He becomes so determined to have his story told that the walks with the author through the day…and night. 

Horowitz takes that idea a step further and tells a story within a story.  The pacing keeps you interested and engaged in the story.  The ending caught me off guard—well done!  I totally did not see it coming.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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