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What did you like most about The Word Is Murder?
Great story line, and an unusual approach, so it's part autobiography and part fiction. I liked Horowitz's musings on the world of literature, film and TV. I'm guessing that a lot of of his anecdotes involving famous names are true. And there are probably some in-jokes that went below my radar. Weaved into this is a great story involving an unemployed detective investigating murder with the help, or hindrance, of Horowitz. Some red herrings, plenty of clues to whodunnit and some laugh out loud moments as well I have enjoyed Horowitz's other novels, including his Magpie Murders and takes on Sherlock Holmes and James Bond, and his TV series,such as Foyle's War. I'm even tempted to try his Alex Rider novels for teenagers!I could also see this working as a TV programme, which I'd definitely watch.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Word Is Murder?
Knowing that I'd got the right person, though not the reason
Have you listened to any of Rory Kinnear’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Rory was one of the reasons why I chose this book, as he's an excellent actor, whom I can picture while he's telling the story. He can drop into different accents so it's easy to telll characters apart.
Also, he does a good line in slightly baffled characters and that perfectly fits the author's role in this novel.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, it got me hooked in, and I found myself thinking about the characters and the storyline between listening.
Any additional comments?
Definitely think The Unemployed Detective is a better title.... hope there are more novels from Horowitz about this partnership
17 of 17 people found this review helpful
This little masterpiece is a gem. The perfect marriage of a talented author and a gifted narrator. I could listen to Rory Kinnear read Anthony Horowitz all day long. In fact I think I will.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
I bought this based purely on the rave reviews, having never encountered the author's work before, but just couldn't get past the first hour.
This is not at all the kind of book I was expecting; it reads like the -very uninteresting- memoirs of a television writer (and going back and re-reading those rave reviews, I suppose that is indeed partly true), and I'm led to believe that this literary device is meant to be somehow "meta", or "post" or even witty!
Sadly, for this reader, it's none of those, it's merely self-indulgent and alienating.
The narrator's flat delivery does little to enliven the dreariness.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to The Word Is Murder the most enjoyable?
A masterfully crafted book by Horowitz and shifts the genre of whodunits by blending in fiction with non-fiction. The central protagonist is the author himself here and over the course of the book, weaves in a murder mystery skillfully introducing the grump detective Hawthorne and a paraphernalia of characters, Christie-style with Holmesian bits thrown in. All in all, a fine and dandy book to read and would tax your grey cells a bit.
Also, brilliant narration! Kudos
Who was your favorite character and why?
The author and Detective Hawthorne, of course