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“Moonflower Murders showcases Horowitz’s full battalion of strengths: the whiplash plotting, the leather-smooth prose, the bold energy… and above all, the bright spark of joy that ignites the best fiction—the joy of a storyteller finding brave new ways to dazzle his audience. Sophisticated, literate novels aren’t supposed to be so much fun.” -- A. J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window

About the Author

ANTHONY HOROWITZ is the author of the US bestselling Magpie Murders and The Word is Murder, and one of the most prolific and successful writers in the English language; he may have committed more (fictional) murders than any other living author. His novel Trigger Mortis features original material from Ian Fleming. His most recent Sherlock Holmes novel, Moriarty, is a reader favorite; and his bestselling Alex Rider series for young adults has sold more than 19 million copies worldwide. As a TV screenwriter, he created both Midsomer Murders and the BAFTA-winning Foyle’s War on PBS. Horowitz regularly contributes to a wide variety of national newspapers and magazines, and in January 2014 was awarded an OBE.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harper; 1st edition (November 10, 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 608 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0062955454
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062955456
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.66 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 1.77 x 9 inches
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Welcome to my Amazon author page. It's strange to think that when I wrote my first book, there was no Amazon - in fact there was no internet, no computers. That doesn't make me particularly old. It just shows how quickly times have moved.

In fact I wrote my first book when I was ten, stuck in a miserable, north London boarding school where reading and telling stories were my only lifeline. Every time I write a new book, I have the same sense of urgency that I had then. I knew without any doubt that I would be an author. Perhaps it helped that I wasn't much good at anything else.

Cut forward to the present and now I have over forty-five published novels to my name. The game changer for me was Stormbreaker, the first Alex Rider adventure, published in 2000. There were eleven more books in the series - the latest, Never Say Die, was published in 2017 - and they are now being developed for TV. I have plenty of other children's books out there - I was delighted to discover my Power of Five series (Raven's Gate, Evil Star etc) on sale in a tiny bookshop in Elounda, Crete only a few days ago.

But as I grew older (and my original audience entered their twenties) I felt a need to move into adult writing. This began with two Sherlock Holmes continuation novels, The House of Silk and Moriarty, followed by my entry into the world of James Bond with Trigger Mortis. A second Bond novel is on the way. An original thriller, Magpie Murders was published last year and got some of the best reviews I've had. One of the joys of Twitter, incidentally, is that it allows readers to contact me directly and these 140-character exchanges are as valuable to me as what the professional critics have to say.

I also write for TV. After cutting my teeth on the hugely popular show, Robin of Sherwood, I moved on to work with David Suchet and his brilliant portrayal of Hercule Poirot, writing about nine or ten episodes of Agatha Christie's Poirot. I was the first writer on Midsomer Murders and then went on to create Foyle's War which I worked on for the next sixteen years. Somewhere along the way, I also created a five-part series for ITV called Injustice which very much influenced the book I'm publishing now.

The Word is Murder is hopefully the start of a long-running series. It introduces a detective by the name of Daniel Hawthorne - a rather dark and dangerous man whom I actually met on the set of Injustice. At least, that's my version of events and that's what counts here because, very unusually, I actually appear in the book as his not entirely successful sidekick; the Watson to his Holmes.

The whole point of being an author is that you're in control. But here I am, writing a book in which I have no idea what's going on, following in the footsteps of a character who refuses to tell me anything. What I'm trying to do is to give the traditional whodunit a metaphysical twist. I hope, if you read it, you'll enjoy all the clues, the red herrings, the bizarre range of suspects and the occasionally violent twists. With a bit of luck you won't guess the ending (nobody has so far). But at the same time, The Word is Murder offers something more. It's a book about words as much as murder, about writing crime as well as solving it.

Do let me know what you think. I really hope you like the book. If you do, you can tweet me your thoughts at @AnthonyHorowitz. I hope to hear from you!

Anthony Horowitz

Crete 2017

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4.0 out of 5 stars This is another hugely entertaining read from the pen of Anthony Horowitz.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is another hugely entertaining read from the pen of Anthony Horowitz.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 27, 2020
Rating: 4.4/5

"There's something very satisfying about a complicated whodunnit that actually makes sense."

Anthony Horowitz is such a talented and versatile writer. He seems to be able to turn his writing hand to just about anything and make a suitably superb job of whatever the subject matter is: For young adult readers there are the Alex Rider books (and others); for the theatre he has written the excellent "Mindgame"; for adults he has also penned a variety of thrillers; he has produced work written sympathetically in the style of Arthur Conan Doyle and Ian Fleming in creating additional adventures for Sherlock Holmes and James Bond respectively; and then there is all of his television screenplay writing too. I suspect he could even rewrite the telephone directory and make it an entertaining read!

In "Moonflower Murders" we are reintroduced to Susan Ryeland, whom we first met a few years ago in the wonderful "Magpie Murders". The format here is again similar, in that there is a book contained within a book. I won't rehash the whole plot here, as the synopsis and other existing reviews have covered that ground already.

The two stories are both "whodunnits" and written in the classical style of the "golden age". At the start, and again at the end of "Moonflower Murders", Horowitz tells the story of the current mystery, being investigated by former editor, Susan Ryland. Sandwiched in between we have a separate, but related mystery penned by the fictitious Alan Conway and featuring the Poirot-like German sleuth Atticus Pünd.

Both mysteries stand up in their own right, but, as he did in "Magpie Murders", Anthony Horowitz cleverly interweaves the relevance of one with the other. However, the thing that impresses me most when Horowitz does this, is the fact that he manages to write in a markedly different, but nonetheless authentic and credible style as Alan Conway. In the same way that he successfully adapted his writing for the Sherlock Holmes and James Bond novels, Anthony Horowitz "becomes" Alan Conway for 224 pages. That takes some skill and it is something I am not sure that many other writers could pull off as adeptly.

This is another hugely entertaining read from the pen of Anthony Horowitz. I am only stopping short of awarding the full 5 stars because of the fact that he used essentially the same mechanic in Magpie Murders, so this time around it does not have the same level of originality ... but it is still a hellishly good book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wordplay murder mystery.
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