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!
"A very clever and inventive mystery" (Bookbag) "A perfect detective novel in a unique style complete with an excellent twist!" (Life Has a Funny Way of Sneaking Up On You) '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) '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)
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?
Unexpected death, an unsolved mystery and a trail of bloody clues lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's page-turning new thriller.
"Ingenious twist on the classic whodunnit" The Guardian
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; a James Bond novel, Trigger Mortis; and his most recent stand-alone novel, Magpie Murders, was a Top Five Sunday Times bestseller.
He is on the board of the Old Vic Theatre, and was awarded an OBE for his services to literature in January 2014.
The Word is Murder is the first in a series of crime novels starring Detective Daniel Hawthorne.
In this great start of (what appears to be) a brand new detective series, Horowitz himself has the chance to help solve the murder of a wealthy woman, who planned her own funeral.In this great start of (what appears to be) a brand new detective series, Horowitz himself has the chance to help solve the murder of a wealthy woman, who planned her own funeral.
Ein Geniestreich, der eigentlich nicht funktionieren dürfte
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden
Anthony Horowitz ist einer meiner Lieblingsautoren. Er schrieb einen fantastischen Sherlock Holmes Band, ist Autor einer berühmten Jugendbuchserie und schrieb zahllose andere Bestseller.
Was macht "The Word is Murder" also so besonders?
Horowitz wagt ein Experiment, welches bei vielen seiner Kollegen bereits schiefgelaufen ist - er schreibt sich selst als Romanfigur...Anthony Horowitz ist einer meiner Lieblingsautoren. Er schrieb einen fantastischen Sherlock Holmes Band, ist Autor einer berühmten Jugendbuchserie und schrieb zahllose andere Bestseller.
Was macht "The Word is Murder" also so besonders?
Horowitz wagt ein Experiment, welches bei vielen seiner Kollegen bereits schiefgelaufen ist - er schreibt sich selst als Romanfigur in seine eigene Geschichte und ermittelt mit einem Detektiv in einem spannenden Fall.
Das Experiment funktioniert, es ist spannend und fantastisch! Lesen Sie dieses Buch!
The Word is Murder
Bewertet: gebundene Ausgabe
Diana Cowper, an elegant elderly woman goes to an undertaker to sort out her funeral. This is not absolutely strange, but nevertheless rare. The same evening, she is murdered in her London house. Daniel Hawthorne, a former detective with the London Metropolitan police supports the investigation. He asks the...Diana Cowper, an elegant elderly woman goes to an undertaker to sort out her funeral. This is not absolutely strange, but nevertheless rare. The same evening, she is murdered in her London house. Daniel Hawthorne, a former detective with the London Metropolitan police supports the investigation. He asks the writer Anthony Horowitz to accompany his inquiry and to write a book about it. This is how the famous writer gets to see a murder investigation from the inside. Yet, the case does not really seem to lead anywhere. Is it all just a coincidence and did Mrs Cowper fall prey to a burglar who also broke into other houses of the area? When her son Damian Cowper is found stabbed in his apartment, it is obvious that his mothers death was no bad luck. All signs lead to a car accident 10 years before in which Mrs Cowper killed an 8-year-old boy. But somehow the pieces do not really fall into place. The peculiar team of the strange ex-detective and the author will have to investigate further until they get in mortal danger themselves.
Even after having finished reading the novel and the acknowledgements, I am not sure if this is all based on a true story or if Anthony Horowitz is just a great inventor. However, it doesnt really matter, what matters is first of all, did I enjoy reading the novel? Yes, absolutely, it is so much fun and I hardly could put it away. And second, how was the murder case? Cleverly constructed, surprising, simply fantastic. I could stop here since it is clear that The Word is Murder is a must read of 2017.
The novel starts a bit surprisingly. You get Mrs Cowper walking into the undertakers and so on. Then, quite abruptly, there is a break and the author is starting to talk to you and you learn that you just read a chapter of a book which is to be written. So, he takes you out of the novel you were just reading into another novel about the writing of that specific book about the woman you have just encountered. This is quite a unique start, but it fits in quite well and I like surprises like this.
As summarised before, the murder case has everything you could ask for: several suspects, all with dubious behaviours and clear motives. Quite outstanding characters which give you much to puzzle over. Nevertheless, it all fits together perfectly in the end and the here again, the motivation comes quite as a surprise but is absolutely reasonable and coherent with the whole plot.
Concerning the characters, I liked the author who is not the perfect detective who knows it all, who has doubts about what he is doing, sometimes a guilt conscience and a conversational tone which makes it easy to indulge in the story. Hawthorne on the other hand is only presented through the eyes of the narrator, thus never objectively presented and definitely a bit bizarre but I liked him nevertheless.
All in all, a humorous crime novel which additionally benefits from Horowitzs masterly writing skills.