Anthony Horowitz Mark Bailey

Review: The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz (2017)

The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz (2017)

Century, Hardcover, 400 pages

Published: 24th August 2017

ISBN-13: 978-1780896847 (cased)


The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz (2017)
The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz (2017)

The Word is Murder is the first in a series of crime novels by Anthony Horowitz starring Detective Michael Hawthorne


The story starts with the strangling of a wealthy woman six hours after she’s arranged her own funeral (presumed to be burglary gone wrong) and a very private detective contacting an author who met the detective when working on a television script.

The author (Anthony Horrowitz) then takes us on a journey to uncover how this woman died as the sidekick to Hawthorne – an ex-Police detective who is working with the police again.


As you may well have gathered from the brief synopsis of the start of this novel it seems to be a rather intriguing mix of fact and fiction. Some of the details seem based upon real people with the names and some details changed.

This blurring of fact and fiction adds another level to what is a very competent whodunnit with lots of twists and turns but a sense of fair play. You can see Anthony Horowitz’s background in the film & TV industry here as the style of writing is very visual but you can figure out what is going on. I suspect it may well be optioned for film & TV somewhere down the line.

I would recommend this as a good read although the blurring of fact and fiction could well irritate some readers.

I received a free copy of this book from the publishers on NetGalley.