The Word Is Murder (audiobook)

A Novel

The Detective Daniel Hawthorne Series, book 1

Read by Rory Kinnear
9.1 hrs • 7 CDs• 1 MP3 CD • Unabridged
Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 06/05/18
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Summary

A Strand Magazine Pick of Best Audiobooks for Summer

A BookPage Top Pick in Crime Fiction for Private Eye July

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

A woman crosses a London street.

It is just after 11 a.m. on a bright spring morning, and she is going into a funeral parlor to plan her own service.

Six hours later the woman is dead, strangled with a crimson curtain cord in her own home.

Enter disgraced police detective Daniel Hawthorne, a brilliant, eccentric man as quick with an insult as he is to crack a case. And Hawthorne has a partner, the celebrated novelist Anthony Horowitz, curious about the case and looking for new material.

As brusque, impatient, and annoying as Hawthorne can be, Horowitz—a seasoned hand when it comes to crime stories—suspects the detective may be on to something, and is irresistibly drawn into the mystery. But as the case unfolds, Horowitz realizes he’s at the center of a story he can’t control … and that his brilliant partner may be hiding dark and mysterious secrets of his own.

A masterful and tricky mystery which plays games at many levels, The Word Is Murder is Anthony Horowitz at his very best.

Review Quotes

“Rory Kinnear flawlessly performs this entertaining metafiction…This is mad fun, especially if you are a fan of Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders, or other of Horowitz’s work…Kinnear is so good you forget he’s there; instead you feel as if you’ve seen this as a movie on some screen in your intercranial theater.”

AudioFile

“An ingenious fun-house mirror of a novel sets a vintage ‘cozy’ mystery inside a modern frame.”

Wall Street Journal

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

Financial Times (London)

“Full of surprises and suspense…hugely entertaining.”

Washington Book Review

“Horowitz succeeds with The Word Is Murder by simultaneously adhering to and defying the rules of a traditional mystery.”

Christian Science Monitor

“Inventive, clever, and brilliantly written…Hawthorne and Horowitz are vibrant as a modern-day Holmes-Watson duo and their partnership is as credible as it is entertaining. Readers will delight in this wonderful modern-day twist of the classic who-done-it mystery.”

RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

“Spectacular…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 (starred review)

“Actually, the word is not murder, it’s ingenious. Horowitz, who out-Christied Christie in Magpie Murders, now out-Doyles Doyle by inserting himself (his actual self) into the story as the Watson-like narrator of a murder investigation he is drawn into by a brilliant and eccentric detective, Daniel Hawthorne.”

Booklist (starred review)

“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 (starred review)

“A classic whodunit with a metatwist, this mystery opens the door to the world of publishing, theater, and television.”

Library Journal