Diana Cowper, mother of a famous actor, visits a funeral parlour to arrange her own funeral, on the same day that she’s murdered. Coincidence? Detective Hawthorne doesn’t think so. Lured into the investigation by the prospect of writing an adult, true-crime novel, author Anthony Horrowitz finds himself deeply involved in the case.
This was a really interesting book to read because Anthony Horrowitz is not only the author and narrator, he is also the point-of-view character in the novel. Although it’s a work of fiction, it is full of popular culture references and realistic details, making it read like a true and completely believable story.
I’ve always enjoyed Anthony’s writing style (ever since the Alex Rider series). His books are very easy to read, and following the case along with the characters was really straightforward. Character-wise, I liked Hawthorne. It was interesting to have a character who knew what was going on, possibly from the very start, but refused to share all the information early on because he was being paid by the day. Anthony’s character I actually liked slightly less, despite being more amenable. He was too easily manipulated and naïve.
A long way from his children’s novels, The Word is Murder is the perfect book for fans of crime, mystery and murder, looking for something just a little bit different.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.