The Word is Murder | Antony Horrowitz | Audiobabble

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. 

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?


Narrator – Rory Kinnear


This is a standalone book and ever since I saw it in a book shop, I wanted to read it, I ended up listening to it, but that cool, I have ‘read’ it either way and am glad that I have.

I cannot work out whether this was was fact or fiction, as there are real life people and famous names are dotted her there and everywhere, including the author himself, who appears as part of the storyline.

It took me a little while to actually invest into this story, but once you do, it does grab you and you have to find out who did it and why.

It is set in modern day London and is told in a first person view, we are taken along with the day to do life of the author when is he teams up with an ex police detective Daniel Hawthorne, who happens to be a personal contact.

Horrowitz is contact by Hawthorne who wants him to write a book on his latest case, Hawthorne is quite a character, he comes across as a bit of a cold fish, abrupt and in times rude, he promises to split the profits 50/50, Horrowitz is on the verge of declining, but in the end takes on the challenge.

The case is when a rich widow goes into a funeral parlour to discuss and pre arrange her funeral, but it turns out that within hours of her plans she is dead…murdered.

Horrowitz writes an earthy story full of interesting fact and and fiction, I am sure that the investigative procedures detailed are actually what happens during a murder investigation.

What is also interesting, is that we are shown the life of a writer and the day to day thoughts and actions that go into writing a collaborative book, I enjoyed that.

I am not going to talk anymore about the plot, as you Will have to listen / read to find out for yourself who did it and why, the motivations of the killer and all the surrounding cast, including the the detective and the writer.

For what it’s worth, I DID NOT WORK IT OUT!

see if you can!

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