The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
One morning in London Diana Cowper walks into a venerable funeral parlor and makes arrangements for her funeral. Later that day she is murdered in her home. Daniel Hawthorne, formerly of the police, is called in as a consultant to work on the case. Hawthorne has consulted on a few television shows written by Anthony Horowitz and approaches Horowitz to write up the case into a book. Hawthorne isn’t the easiest person to get along with but Horowitz is intrigued by the case and how it is unfolding but he’s not thrilled with the idea of writing this book.
It was certainly an interesting idea to cast himself in the book and Horowitz is a success at making himself seem real: meaning he’s not a completely perfect person. There is quite a bit name dropping that happens and you find yourself wondering what is and isn’t real. Mystery fans need to know that this reads like an old fashioned detective story, told from the sidekick’s point of view, and the mystery is a good one.
Fans of Midsomer Murders need to check this one out — Horowitz is the creator of the series and wrote all the episodes in series one and two. A good mystery on audio.