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  • The Word Is Murder

  • Hawthorne, Book 1
  • Written by: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (62 ratings)

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The Word Is Murder

Written by: Anthony Horowitz
Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
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Publisher's Summary

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 new detective series. If you enjoyed BBC's Sherlock, you'll love The Word is Murder!

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?

©2017 Anthony Horowitz (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"The beguiling whodunit plot is dispatched with characteristic elan as Horowitz blurs the line between fact and fiction." ( Financial Times)
"A very clever and inventive mystery." ( Bookbag)
"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)

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capturing

i can paint the characters from the voice!!! loved how all of them are interwoven and sometimes the explaination is the simplest one!!!! my second book from Mr. Horowitz and I am on a roll.

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Good story excellently narrated

Rory Kinnear's narration transforms this already good story into a great listen. The mystery itself is well constructed, lots of little clues sprinkled throughout, lots of red herrings. Interesting structure, too, with the author inserting himself into the narrative.

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story was good but narrator was just ok

narrator's accent for Hawthorne was horrible. totally incomprehensible. why would you do that for the main character was beyond me.

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Enjoyable form start to finish

I loved the structure, where the author inserts himself into the story. The character of Hawthorne was intriguing. And the mystery was top notch. Great writing and a great unexpected reveal at the end.

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something new

Excellent narration and good story. nice to read a story that isn't the same as every other murder mystery

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Story of a homophobic know it all Brit detective

As a literary detective I tried to figure out the mystery but it was all for vain. I might have figured out one simple tragedy but I was still unable to figure out real mystery. Wonderful murder mystery, a little oxymoronic I know. A well laid out smokescreen of a mystery to hide the real murder mystery. Loved every second of it.

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Decent narration, disappointing story

Good narration, disappointing story. The characters, both the suspects and the investigators, are simply unpleasant.

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