The Word is Murder: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Horowitz, Anthony
Series: Detective Daniel Hawthorne
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Private Investigators
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: May 2019
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 8.00in x 5.31in x 0.69in
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From The Publisher*

A Guardian "Best Thriller of the Year"

Anthony Horowitz has delivered yet another twist on the classic crime novel with this contemporary take on Sherlock Holmes. The Word Is Murder is original and suspenseful and a masterful amalgam of homage and parody.

The New York Times–bestselling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty brilliantly reinvents the classic crime novel once again with this clever mystery starring a fictional version of the author himself as Watson to a modern-day Holmes. Both are investigating a case involving buried secrets, murder and a trail of bloody clues.

On a bright spring morning, a woman goes into a funeral parlour to plan her own service. Six hours later she is dead, strangled with a crimson curtain cord in her own home.

Enter disgraced police detective Daniel Hawthorne and his partner, the celebrated novelist Anthony Horowitz, curious about the case and looking for new material. But as the case unfolds, Horowitz realizes he's at the centre of a story he can't control . . . and that his brilliant partner may be hiding dark and mysterious secrets of his own.


Review Quote*Praise for Moriarty: "[A] deliciously twisty new novel."
Review Quote*"A no-nonsense writer Horowitz proceeds briskly and ladles out spills and thrills with aplomb."
Review Quote*"A page-turner that is exhilarating and infuriating in equal measure."
Review Quote*"A compendium of dark delights. . . . A brilliant pastiche of the English village mystery and a hugely enjoyable tale of avarice and skullduggery in the world of publishing."
Review Quote*"Great fun . . . [for] readers who can't get enough of James Bond at his coolest and suave-est."
Review Quote*"Sharp-witted readers who think they've solved the puzzle early on can rest assured that they've opened only one of many dazzling Christmas packages Horowitz has left beautifully wrapped under the tree."
Review Quote*"A book firmly rooted in the style of Doyle, faithful to the character as created and with just enough wiggle room to allow the author to say all the things he's been longing to say about the world of 221B Baker Street...THE HOUSE OF SILK will satisfy."
Review Quote*"…fiendishly clever new thriller…In true Conan Doyle tradition, all the clues are skillfully hidden in plain sight, but readers will sail right past them until a shocking twist forces them to replay the entire sequence of events in their heads, begrudgingly admiring the author for his audacity."
Review Quote*"[In The House of Silk,] Watson's elegiac voice should silence the objections of even the most persnickety Sherlock scholar."