Loved it! I was a fan of Magpie Murders, really enjoyed it. I couldn't wait to get to another Anthony Horowitz book. I grabbed it without even reading the blurb, which is very, very rare. But I knew I would probably be in for a fun ride. And naturally, he didn't disappoint.
The Word is Murder (brilliant title) tells the story of the murder of Diana Cowper, happening just after she visits a funeral parlor to make all her own funeral arrangements. Bring in a brash, ex-police detective, and almost clueless (sorry Tony) writer and the, story begins. We really see the relationship between Hawthorne, the detective, and Tony, the writer, develop. Hawthorne is an excellent detective, but he just rubs people all the wrong way. The two are meant to be a modern day Holmes and Watson. (So....I've never read any Sherlock Holmes, so I can't understand that part. I know, I know, but too many books, not enough time, argh! The struggle is REAL!) They definitely work well together, even though at times, it's a strain. Hawthorne is investigating the murder and he 'cons' Tony into writing about him and the murder. Splitting the proceeds of a to-be written book 50-50. Anyway, back to the murder....murders....mayhem. I don't want to say anymore to ruin this for others, but say only, read this one. A fun, a bit inventive, read.
Naturally I did the audio and loved it! One of the best audio's of the year for me and a top book of year. I loved the way the author brought himself into the book. Now, I'm not a mystery/thriller/murder reader and I'm an absolute dunce, so I didn't know who the murderer was until that very moment, when...when...someone else did. And I enjoyed every moment of it. I love Hawthorne, a great character. Rory Kinnear did the narration and did a bang-up job. If Rory does not narrate the next book in the series, I must just have to read the print. Shocking!
So after all the love on this one, why not a full 5 stars? Well, I'm very rough and very stingy with 5 stars. I had to knock this a bit as at times, the author talking about his other books, his movie connections, the meeting with Spielberg and Jackson, and it all became a bit much. It wasn't bragging, but it was a list of all the stuff the author has done. Perhaps a bit of a 'sell'. Maybe a bit too much inserting himself into the book. And that got to be a bit much for me. And the very, very end...like the last few pages. I gasped 'aaarrgghh' at the very end as yeah, it leads to book 2 but I didn't want that. Cause who knows how long I have to wait!!!!! But I still loved this one, but had to knock it just a bit.
In any case, bring on Hawthorne Book #2! And hopefully, very soon! I want it noooowww (ala Veruca Salt! :-)