If you like clever, well-written murder mysteries you’ll enjoy The Word is Murder.
An author is recruited by a discredited detective who in turn has been hired as a consultant by his former employer to solve a puzzling murder.
The sleuth wants the writer to tell the story about how he solves the murder and in turn share the rewards of what he’s sure will a bestseller. The author is not so sure–about the detective or the project.
Author Anthony Horowitz mixes fact with fiction and real people with imaginary characters to weave a story that has plenty of twists and turns.
The plot becomes a bit convoluted near the end but not so much as to dismiss it as contrived.