Review: The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz has been writing books for a few decades now. Despite that, I hadn’t read any of his work until I wound up with a review copy of The Word is Murder. The book was released in the U.K. last year, but it’s just now making its way to the U.S. Magpie Murders caught my attention, but I hadn’t gotten around to reading it just yet. This felt like the perfect opportunity to dive into a book by Horowitz.

The Word is Murder is a Sherlockian novel where we see that the author inserts himself into as one of the main characters. He’s a writer who follows a former police detective, Daniel Hawthorne, as he solves a mysterious murder. Putting himself in the book is one of the most meta things that Horowitz could do and it works so well.

I found myself not wanting to put the book down because it was such a compelling story. It wasn’t until semi-recently that I binged my way through Sherlock, and this book captured a similar essence that the show did even without Sherlock being in it.

Just when you think you know who committed murder, the story takes a turn and everything you thought was wrong. There are also moments when you’re reading it and your thinking is in line with that of Horowitz in the story. You read this from his perspective, so naturally you might find yourself agreeing with his version of what happened.

The book is clever and fascinating. It’s not often that I fall in love with an author immediately after reading a single book by them, but that’s what happened here. Thanks to The Word is Murder, I’ll be going back and reading previous books from Horowitz. His attention to detail and ability to create an intriguing story make the mystery work so well.

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