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Magpie Murders: the Sunday Times bestseller crime thriller with a fiendish twist Paperback – 13 June 2017

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Want to read a great whodunnit? Anthony Horowitz has one for you: MAGPIE MURDERS. It's as good as an Agatha Christie. Better, in some ways. Cleverer. ― Stephen King

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ingenious novel-within-a-novel whodunit about the death of a crime writer . . . Part crime novel, part pastiche, this magnificent piece of crime fiction plays with the genre while also taking it seriously ― Sunday Times

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cunning re-invention of the thriller formula -- Thriller of the Week ― Mail on Sunday

Superbly written, with great suspects, a perfect period feel and a
cracking reveal at the endSpectator

A stylish, multi-layered thriller - playful, ingenious and
wonderfully entertainingSunday Mirror

Brilliant. Really,
really brilliant. I loved it. ― Sophie Hannah, author of The Monogram Murders

Putting two books in one with their plots running side by side makes
Magpie Murders difficult to put down and Horowitz fans will thoroughly enjoy a cracking good readDaily Express

Although at first glance Horowitz's latest offering appears to be a classic whodunit novel, it will almost certainly prove to be
unlike anything you've ever read before, and will have you mulling over its various intrigues in between sittings. ― Scotsman

Anthony Horowitz's new novel is at once a brilliant pastiche of the English village mystery and a hugely enjoyable tale of avarice and skulduggery in the world of publishing . . .
a compendium of dark delightsIrish Times

We loved this Agatha Christie-esque crime novel.
A fiendish mystery within a mystery that will have you hooked from page one ― Good Housekeeping

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highly enjoyable twist on the classic whodunnit ― Metro

Horowitz is a
superb pasticheur. ― Guardian

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Is there nothing Anthony Horowitz touches that doesn't turn to gold? - DAILY EXPRESS

A relentlessly fast-paced and entertaining read - SUNDAY TIMES

'Thrilling and compelling, with a stunning twist . . . the finest crime novel of the year' - DAILY MAIL

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Orion; 1st edition (13 June 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1409158381
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1409158387
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.2 x 3.5 x 19.9 cm
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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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