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  • Published: 18 June 2018
  • ISBN: 9781784757236
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $26.00
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The Word Is Murder

The bestselling mystery from the author of Magpie Murders – you've never read a crime novel quite like this


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SHE PLANNED HER OWN FUNERAL. BUT DID SHE ARRANGE HER MURDER?



Buried secrets, murder and a trail of bloody clues lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz’s page-turning new detective series. If you enjoyed BBC’s Sherlock, you’ll LOVE The Word is Murder!

SHE PLANNED HER OWN FUNERAL. BUT DID SHE ARRANGE HER OWN MURDER?

A woman is strangled six hours after organising her own funeral.

Did she know she was going to die? Did she recognise her killer?

Daniel Hawthorne, a recalcitrant detective with secrets of his own, is on the case, together with his reluctant side-kick – a man completely unaccustomed to the world of crime.

But even Hawthorne isn't prepared for the twists and turns in store – as unexpected as they are bloody...
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Buried secrets, murder and a trail of bloody clues lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz’s page-turning new detective series. If you enjoyed BBC’s Sherlock, you’ll LOVE The Word is Murder.
Chosen as one of Crime Time's books of the year

'Raises the game-playing to Olympic level' – Guardian Books of the Year
'A real page-turner. I loved it!' – ALED JONES (ITV, Weekend)

'The beguiling whodunit plot is dispatched with characteristic elan as Horowitz blurs the line between fact and fiction' – Financial Times

'Splendidly entertaining, absorbing and difficult to put down. Hawthorne is an intriguing character' – Daily Express

'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' – Kirkus Reviews

'Deduction and wit are well-balanced, and fans of Peter Lovesey and other modern channelers of the spirit of the golden age of detection will clamor for more' – Publishers Weekly

  • Pub date: 18 June 2018
  • ISBN: 9781784757236
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $26.00

About the Author

Anthony Horowitz

ANTHONY HOROWITZ is the author of the bestselling teen spy series, Alex Rider, and is also responsible for creating and writing some of the UK's most loved and successful TV series, including Midsomer Murders and Foyle's War.

He has also written two highly acclaimed Sherlock Holmes novels, The House of Silk and Moriarty; two James Bond novels, Trigger Mortis and Forever and a Day. His previous thrillers Magpie Murders and The Word is Murder were both Top Ten Sunday Times bestsellers.

He is on the board of the Old Vic Theatre, and was awarded an OBE for his services to literature in January 2014.

The Sentence is Death is the second in a series of crime novels starring Detective Daniel Hawthorne.

Also by Anthony Horowitz

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Praise for The Word Is Murder

“Raises the game-playing to Olympic level.”

Guardian Books of the Year

“A real page-turner. I loved it!”

ALED JONES (ITV, Weekend)

“Actually the word is not murder, it's ingenious ... A masterful meta-mystery.”

Booklist

“Ingenious twist on the classic whodunnit”

The Guardian

“The beguiling whodunit plot is dispatched with characteristic elan as Horowitz blurs the line between fact and fiction”

Financial Times

“Splendidly entertaining, absorbing and difficult to put down. Hawthorne is an intriguing character”

Daily Express

“There is plenty of metafictional fun to be had”

The Guardian

“Horowitz is strong on plot … and infectiously zestful”

Daily Telegraph

“Horowitz has put together a cleverly twisting mystery featuring plenty of suspicious characters and more than a few red herrings”

Nudge

“Fast-paced and full of unpredictable twists and turns.”

The Times Audiobook of the week

“With its unorthodox protagonist, clever plotting, brilliantly imperfect characters, and escalating sense of urgency and intrigue, The Word is Murder is an instant crime classic that will keep you reading as fast as you can… one of the best and most compulsively readable mysteries of the year. Hugely satisfying on every level.”

Written by Sime

“A very clever and inventive mystery”

Bookbag

“keeps you guessing until the excellent solution”

Country Life

“Prepare for plenty of twists and turns”

i paper

“A perfect detective novel in a unique style complete with an excellent twist!”

Life Has a Funny Way of Sneaking Up On You

“Will undoubtedly exhilarate not only crime and Horowitz fans but anyone who enjoys the sense of metafiction and fourth wall breaking found in books by authors like Lemony Snicket, Bret Easton Ellis and Martin Amis.”

Fiendfully Reading

“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.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Horowitz is a highly accomplished author and his writing is immediately engaging …The whole book is exceptionally well executed. The Word is Murder follows the conventions of the thriller genre but it also feels new and original. I found this book refreshing, incredibly readable and, actually, the word I want to use is delightful!”

Bibliomaniac blog

“The Word is Murder is an excellent detective story, with a very satisfying set of twists and turns which keep you guessing as to the true identity of the killer.”

NZ Booklovers

“Deduction and wit are well-balanced, and fans of Peter Lovesey and other modern channelers of the spirit of the golden age of detection will clamor for more.”

Publishers Weekly

“An extremely entertaining read … I immensely enjoyed this book”

Lavender Books Blog

“The dramatic finale to the case has you on the edge of your seat and the ending has a delightfully entertaining twist”

Cross Examining Crime blog

“The Word Is Murderis an intriguing labyrinth of whodunnits and a true page-turner throughout”

Real Crime Magazine

“A quirky, highly original first person narrative … The whole story is a real page turner, with a splendid mix of murder mystery, suspense and thriller with a large dose of more factual information concerning the author’s work as an author and scriptwriter”

Splashes Into Books blog

“This has to be one of the most unique books I’ve read, complete with plenty of angst, twists and turns to keep readers guessing to the very end. The story is an enthralling skilful blend of fact and fiction, mixed together by a highly talented wordsmith to create a superb murder mystery that I have no hesitation whatsoever in highly recommending”

Splashes Into Books blog

“A chilling tale”

Woman's Own

“The Word Is Murder is a captivating tale with an interesting mix of blood, murder and humour only Horowitz could pull off… As the book neared the end, I found myself literally gaping in shock as the killer was revealed. It was not only a great and suspenseful read but also a great mystery-murder novel which keeps you wanting to learn more and comes full circle”

Twelve Pale Roses blog

“Anthony Horowitz is a wonderfully tricksy, playful and mischievous writer. A very clever one, too … As should be obvious, highly, highly recommended”

Lady Fancifull blog

“Horowitz is undeniably brilliant at plot construction”

Metro

“What an interesting and curious story … A modern day Holmes and Watson, an intriguing story and a tale of observation”

Lynn’s Books blog

“This book is simply magnificent … Horowitz fans are going to love this book, as are all fans of classic detective novels.”

The Most Sublime blog

“I found this novel a sheer delight from start to finish”

Harriet Devine blog

“The Word is Murderis a fresh, funny twist on the classic murder mystery”

Roaring Bookworm blog

“Confident writing by an author with an established voice, at the top of his game. I was hooked, I stayed to the end, and it was a delight.”

Crime Fiction Lover

“Crazy, cool, and totally enthralling. It's like nothing you've read before- prepare to be amazed and read all night.”

Booklovers 3

“An ‘old-fashioned-but-still-modern’ detective novel. Loved it!’”

Nudge

“fact and fiction mingle enjoyably”

Sunday Express

“A delicious whodunit, which promises pure diversion”

TLS, Summer Books feature

“A delicious whodunit, which promises pure diversion”

TLS, Summer Books feature

“This is a funny, crafty, well-worked out crime mystery, all rolled into one clever package. I loved it.”

The People's Friend


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