Diana Cowper is calm and fastidious, and when she arrives at the funeral home of Cornwallis & Sons to make arrangements for her own funeral, she does so in her own particularly organised manner. Six hours later, after enjoying an expensive lunch and attending a board meeting, she is strangled to death at her home in Chelsea. This highly unusual mystery novel treads the line between fiction and true-crime. Horowitz is a totally engaging writer, and this is a brilliantly entertaining read from start to finish.
Aoife Roantree, Rathmines
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? Unexpected death, an unsolved mystery and a trail of bloody clues lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's page-turning new thriller. SPREAD THE WORD. THE WORD IS MURDER.