Book Review: Murder is the Word by Anthony Horowitz

I know my blog posts are a day early this week but I promise to be back to my regular Tuesday and Friday posts next week!

Genre:  Mystery/Thriller


A wealthy woman strangled six hours after she’s arranged her own funeral.
A very private detective uncovering secrets but hiding his own.
A reluctant author drawn into a story he can’t control.
What do they have in common?


That synopsis doesn’t give you much information does it? I think that’s why, when I first started reading this book, I got so confused. Is it fiction? Is it true crime? You see the writer, Mr Anthony Horowitz himself, is in the book, narrating the whole thing in the first person. The only time I’ve ever come across that before was in an autobiography.

The best way I’ve come to see it is this: it was like he wrote a piece of Sherlock fanfiction but replaced Doctor Watson with himself and renamed Sherlock Holmes, Daniel Hawthorne.

If that’s confused you more then I’m sorry.

The reason I compare it to Sherlock Holmes, apart from the fact I know the author has written two Holmes novels, is Hawthorne and Mr Horowitz have a very Sherlock/Watson relationship .i.e. Hawthorne is always making him feel stupid. There is also a Lestrade type character in a Detective Inspector Meadows.

In fairness he did change a few aspects of the detectives personality, making Hawthorne not particularly likeable. He smokes like a chimney, is homophobic (two things I despise in real people never mind fictional ones!) and is fairly smug.  The only thing that saved me from disliking him completely was the air of mystery that surrounds him, like he was a puzzle that I wanted to crack.

In the end I did find the story quite enthralling and I didn’t manage to figure out the killer, which is always a bonus for crime fiction!

This story really stuck in my head, after I’d finished it, giving me a terrible book hangover (for those who don’t know what that is, it a state of not being able to pick up another book because you’re still hung up on the last one).

Also if you are reading the book keep your eyes peeled for cameo’s from Stephen Spielberg and Peter Jackson!

Rating: 4/5

I want to thank NetGalley and Random House for my advance copy of this book.

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Author: ljwrites85

Aspiring author. Mother. General procrastinator. Book Nerd.

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