The Word is Murder

The Word is Murder

by Anthony Horowitz

Overview: One bright spring morning in London, Diana Cowper – the wealthy mother of a famous actor - enters a funeral parlor. 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 a the center 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.

Deanna Boe (12/16/18): Anyone who enjoys murder mystery novels are usually on the look out for new authors and new twists to a murder mystery, That is how I picked up this novel since I had never read anything by this author. It kept my attention but it wasn’t a “wow.” It begins with an attractive lady in her 60’s going into a funeral home where she is planning her funeral, buying the coffin, and paying for it. Shockingly enough, six hours later she is murdered! Even though we start with her, she is not the main character in the novel, they are: Daniel Hawthorne and Anthony Horowitz.

Hawthorne is an unconventional investigator, who was recently a dishonored policeman and relieved of his position even though he had been an outstanding detective. Interestingly enough, Hawthorne has an ego. He has decided he wants to be the “hero” of some books, like Sherlock Holmes. In other words Hawthorne wants a Watson to inscribe all that he does, making him famous. This is how he ensnares the author Horowitz to be his more or less “sidekick/Watson.”

This novel has lots of twists and turns. It is easily read and not what I call a deep challenging murder mystery, but OK. What more can I say?
Rating: ***

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