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The Word Is Murder

The Word Is Murder
 

SHE PLANNED HER OWN FUNERAL. BUT DID SHE ARRANGE HER OWN MURDER? New York Times bestselling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty, Anthony Horowitz has yet again brilliantly reinvented the classic crime novel, this time writing a fictional version of himself as the Watson to a mo... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780062676801
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Published 7 May 2019 by Harper Perennial
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Author(s) By Horowitz, Anthony
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ISBN-13 9780062676801
ISBN-10 0062676806
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (on backorder); allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Harper Perennial
Imprint Harper Perennial
Publication Date 7 May 2019
Publication Country
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Horowitz, Anthony
Category Adventure / Thriller
Crime & Mystery Fiction
Number of Pages 432
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 213mm
Spine: 28mm
Weight 295g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Crime, Thriller & Adventure
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

SHE PLANNED HER OWN FUNERAL. BUT DID SHE ARRANGE HER OWN MURDER? New York Times bestselling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty, Anthony Horowitz has yet again brilliantly reinvented the classic crime novel, this time writing a fictional version of himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes. 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. A masterful and tricky mystery that springs many surprises, The Word is Murder is Anthony Horowitz at his very best.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Horowitz is undeniably brilliant --Metro London .. .the beguiling whodunit plot is dispatched with characteristic lan as Horowitz blurs the line between fiction and reality... there is no denying the sheer ingenuity of the central notion. --The Financial Times Irresistible ... What can't this supremely versatile writer do? --USA Today The Word Is Murder is full of surprises and suspense...hugely entertaining. It is a special treat for those who want to read crime mysteries. --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 An ingenious funhouse mirror of a novel sets a vintage 'cozy' mystery inside a modern frame. --Wall Street Journal The Word Is Murder is an intriguing labyrinth of whodunnits and a true page-turner throughout . --Real Crime Magazine 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) 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) Actually, the word is not murder, it's ingenious....a masterful meta-mystery. --Booklist (starred review)

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Author's Bio

ANTHONY HOROWITZ is the author of the US bestselling Magpie Murders and The Word is Murder, and one of the most prolific and successful writers in the English language; he may have committed more (fictional) murders than any other living author. His novel Trigger Mortis features original material from Ian Fleming. His most recent Sherlock Holmes novel, Moriarty, is a reader favorite; and his bestselling Alex Rider series for young adults has sold more than 19 million copies worldwide. As a TV screenwriter, he created both Midsomer Murders and the BAFTA-winning Foyle's War on PBS. Horowitz regularly contributes to a wide variety of national newspapers and magazines, and in January 2014 was awarded an OBE.

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