Best Selling Books by Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz is the author of The Word Is Murder (2018), A Line to Kill (2021), Stormbreaker (2006), The Switch (2009), Granny (2009) and other 111 books.

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The Word Is Murder

release date: Jun 05, 2018
The Word Is Murder
SHE PLANNED HER OWN FUNERAL. BUT DID SHE ARRANGE HER OWN MURDER? New York Times bestselling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty, Anthony Horowitz has yet again brilliantly reinvented the classic crime novel, this time writing a fictional version of himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes. One bright spring morning in London, Diana Cowper – the wealthy mother of a famous actor - enters a funeral parlor. She is there to plan her own service. Six hours later she is found dead, strangled with a curtain cord in her own home. Enter disgraced police detective Daniel Hawthorne, a brilliant, eccentric investigator who’s as quick with an insult as he is to crack a case. Hawthorne needs a ghost writer to document his life; a Watson to his Holmes. He chooses Anthony Horowitz. Drawn in against his will, Horowitz soon finds himself a the center of a story he cannot control. Hawthorne is brusque, temperamental and annoying but even so his latest case with its many twists and turns proves irresistible. The writer and the detective form an unusual partnership. At the same time, it soon becomes clear that Hawthorne is hiding some dark secrets of his own. A masterful and tricky mystery that springs many surprises, The Word is Murder is Anthony Horowitz at his very best.

A Line to Kill

release date: Aug 19, 2021
A Line to Kill
''I couldn''t see the sea from my bedroom but I could hear the waves breaking in the distance. They reminded me that I was on a tiny island. And I was trapped.'' ALDERNEY: an island three miles long and one mile wide. A beautiful place where crime is minimal and where there has never been a murder. Until now. It is early June and Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne has been invited to a literary festival with the author Anthony Horowitz. With them are a collection of other authors and a celebrity cook, all gathered together to talk about their books and socialise with their fans. But Hawthorne and Horowitz find the island in turmoil over a power line that is being planned between Normany and England, cutting through Alderney and pitting islander against islander. When the wealthy sponsor of the festival is found horribly murdered, the island is closed down with no one allowed on or off it. it soon becomes clear that the killer is on the island. And only Hawthorne can find who it is ...

Stormbreaker

release date: Feb 16, 2006
Stormbreaker
Alex Rider is now an IMDb TV/Amazon Original Series! Meet the orphan turned teen superspy who''s saving the world one mission at a time—from #1 New York Times bestselling author! They said his uncle Ian died in a car accident. But Alex Rider knows that’s a lie, and the bullet holes in the windshield prove it. Yet he never suspected the truth: his uncle was really a spy for Britain’s top secret intelligence agency. And now Alex has been recruited to find his uncle’s killers . . . Alex Rider''s is debut mission is packed with bonus material - including an extra Alex Rider short story, a letter from Anthony Horowitz, and much more! From the author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty. “Slam-bang action, spying and high-tech gadgets . . . a non-stop thriller!”—Kirkus Reviews

The Switch

release date: Jan 22, 2009
The Switch
From the author of the New York Times bestselling Alex Rider series! Tad Spencer lives a life of luxury: a mansion, servants, exotic vacations, and all the toys he could dream of. But when his father denies him a trip to a theme park, Tad wishes he were someone else. The next day, he wakes up as Bob Snarby, a carnival worker living in abject conditions in a criminal world. This terrifying body swap is just the beginning of an adventure that will lead Tad to uncover a secret that will change his life forever.

Granny

release date: Jan 08, 2009
Granny
In London, England, twelve-year-old Joe discovers that his grandmother is not just physically repulsive and horribly mean, she is also involved in an evil plot against him, but the adults around them fail to see behind her mask.

The House of Silk

release date: Nov 01, 2011
The House of Silk
For the first time in its one-hundred-and-twenty-five-year history, the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate has authorized a new Sherlock Holmes novel. Once again, The Game''s Afoot... London, 1890. 221B Baker St. A fine art dealer named Edmund Carstairs visits Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson to beg for their help. He is being menaced by a strange man in a flat cap - a wanted criminal who seems to have followed him all the way from America. In the days that follow, his home is robbed, his family is threatened. And then the first murder takes place. Almost unwillingly, Holmes and Watson find themselves being drawn ever deeper into an international conspiracy connected to the teeming criminal underworld of Boston, the gaslit streets of London, opium dens and much, much more. And as they dig, they begin to hear the whispered phrase-the House of Silk-a mysterious entity that connects the highest levels of government to the deepest depths of criminality. Holmes begins to fear that he has uncovered a conspiracy that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of society. The Arthur Conan Doyle Estate chose the celebrated, #1 New York Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz to write The House of Silk because of his proven ability to tell a transfixing story and for his passion for all things Holmes. Destined to become an instant classic, The House of Silk brings Sherlock Holmes back with all the nuance, pacing, and almost superhuman powers of analysis and deduction that made him the world''s greatest detective, in a case depicting events too shocking, too monstrous to ever appear in print...until now.

Scared

release date: Jan 01, 2010
Scared
Gary hates going to the countryside, he would rather be dead. So when his mum drags him off to his Gran''s crummy cottage, he thinks he''s in hell. But Gary''s messing about with more than he knows when he goes off on his own. The countryside starts to fight back!

Horowitz Horror

release date: Jan 01, 2013

Raven's Gate

release date: May 01, 2006
Raven's Gate
Sent to live in a foster home in a remote Yorkshire village, Matt, a troubled fourteen-year-old English boy, uncovers an evil plot involving witchcraft and the site of an ancient stone circle.

Mindgame

release date: Jan 01, 2000
Mindgame
Mindgame is a puzzle-box of a play. A thriller that actually manages to thrill, and a very dark comedy that twists and spirals towards a completely unexpected ending. This is one play where seeing isn''t quite believing and reading the text is the only way to uncover all the clues.

Scorpia

release date: Feb 16, 2006
Scorpia
Alex Rider is now an IMDb TV/Amazon Original Series! Alex Rider is an orphan turned teen superspy who''s saving the world one mission at a time—from #1 New York Times bestselling author! Alex Rider, teen spy, has always been told he is the spitting image of the father he never knew. But when Alex learns that his father may have been an assassin for the most lethal and powerful terrorist organization in the world, Scorpia, his world shatters. Now Scorpia wants Alex on their side, and Alex no longer has the strength to fight them. That is, until he learns of Scorpia’s latest plot: an operation known only as “Invisible Sword” that will result in the death of thousands of people. Can Alex prevent the slaughter, or will Scorpia prove once and for all that the terror will not be stopped? From the author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty.

The Sentence Is Death

release date: May 26, 2020
The Sentence Is Death
New York Times-bestselling author Anthony Horowitz and eccentric detective Daniel Hawthorne team up again in a new mystery--the sequel to the brilliantly inventive The Word Is Murder--to delve deep into the killing of a high-profile divorce lawyer and the death, only a day earlier, of his one-time friend "You shouldn''t be here. It''s too late . . . " Heard over the phone, these are the last recorded words of successful celebrity-divorce lawyer Richard Pryce, found bludgeoned to death with a bottle of wine--a 1982 Château Lafite worth £2,000, to be precise--in his bachelor pad. Odd, considering Pryce didn''t drink. Why this bottle? And why those words? And why was a three-digit number painted on his wall? And, most important, which of the victim''s many, many enemies did the deed? Baffled, the police are forced to bring in private investigator Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, the author Anthony, who''s getting rather good at this murder investigation business. But as Hawthorne takes on the case with characteristic relish, it becomes clear that he, too, has secrets to hide. As our reluctant narrator becomes ever more embroiled in the case, he realizes that these secrets must be exposed--even at the risk of death . . .

More Horowitz Horror

release date: Apr 05, 2007
More Horowitz Horror
Ever pictured your own funeral? You won’t be able to help it when you read some of the stories in this nightmarish collection, where things are never what they appear. Funerals are just the beginning. How about a day at the beach that ends in a mischievous murder? Or a cell phone that has a direct dial to . . . the dead? From the creator of the blockbuster Alex Rider Adventures and The Diamond Brothers Mysteries comes eight more fantastically frightening tales. Whatever you do, don’t take this book to bed with you!

Eagle Strike

release date: Feb 16, 2006
Eagle Strike
Alex Rider is now an IMDb TV/Amazon Original Series! Alex Rider is an orphan turned teen superspy who''s saving the world one mission at a time—from #1 New York Times bestselling author! Sir Damian Cray is a philanthropist, peace activist, and the world''s most famouspop star. But still it''s not enough. He needs more if he is to save the world. Trouble is, only Alex Rider recognizes that it''s the world that needs saving from Sir Damian Cray. Underneath the luster of glamour and fame lies a twisted mind, ready to sacrifice the world for his beliefs. But in the past, Alex has always had the backing of the government. This time, he''s on his own. Can one teenager convince the world that the most popular man on earth is a madman bent on destruction-before time runs out? From the author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty.

Nightshade

release date: Jun 01, 2021
Nightshade
Alex Rider is now an IMDb TV/Amazon Original Series! From internationally bestselling author Anthony Horowitz comes the twelfth thrilling installment of the Alex Rider series! Follow the world''s greatest teen spy as he sets off to Gibraltar after the death of Scorpia, and enters into a battle against a new criminal organization: Nightshade. Following the shocking events of Never Say Die, Alex Rider''s world has changed: his biggest enemy, the evil organization Scorpia, has been destroyed. Alex is hoping his life can finally go back to normal, that he can go to school and spend time with his friends--but very quickly everything changes. A new and dangerous criminal organization--Nightshade--is rising. When Alex discovers they''ve planned a mysterious attack on London, he will stop at nothing to take them down. But protecting his home city means facing off a ruthless new enemy and putting his life at stake, again. And this time, there''s no one to save him if he makes a mistake. The #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling Alex Rider series is back with a vengeance in this edge-of-your-seat adventure. Perfect for fans of James Bond and Jason Bourne!

Point Blank

release date: Feb 16, 2006
Point Blank
Alex Rider is now an IMDb TV/Amazon Original Series! Alex Rider is an orphan turned teen superspy who''s saving the world one mission at a time—from #1 New York Times bestselling author! When an investigation into a series of mysterious deaths leads agents to an elite prep school for rebellious kids, MI6 assigns Alex Rider to the case. Before he knows it, Alex is hanging out with the sons of the rich and powerful, and something feels wrong. These former juvenile delinquents have turned well-behaved, studious—and identical—overnight. It''s up to Alex to find out who is masterminding this nefarious plot, before they find him. From the author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty.

Snakehead

release date: Jan 01, 2007
Snakehead
While working with the Australian Secret Service on a dangerous mission, teenaged spy Alex Rider uncovers information about his parents.

Bloody Horowitz

release date: Aug 04, 2011
Bloody Horowitz
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Alex Rider series! A teen gang leader taken for a deadly ride by a car with a mind of its own. . . . A boy haunted by a phantom cobra. . . . A reality TV show pitting teens against grown ups, with only one survivor . . . From whose twisted mind can such gruesome stories unfold? Only Anthony Horowitz. From the internationally bestselling author of the Alex Rider missions, this collection of harrowing tales is sure to have you smiling in terrified pleasure. But whatever you do, don''t turn out the lights!

Never Say Die

release date: Oct 10, 2017
Never Say Die
Alex Rider is now an IMDb TV/Amazon Original Series! The world’s greatest teen spy is back in action in a thrilling new mission: destroy once and for all the terrorist organization SCORPIA. Americans may have purchased more than 6 million copies of Alex''s adventures, but now, more than ever, we all need his heroics. Following the events of Scorpia Rising, Alex relocates to San Francisco as he slowly recovers from the tragic death of his best friend and caregiver, Jack Starbright, at the hands of terrorists working for SCORPIA. With Jack gone, Alex feels lost and alone, but then, out of the blue, he receives a cryptic email--just three words long, but enough to make Alex believe that Jack may be alive. Armed with this shred of hope, Alex boards a flight bound for Egypt and embarks on a dubious quest to track Jack down. Yet SCORPIA knows Alex''s weakness. And the question of whether Jack is alive soon takes a backseat to a chilling new terrorist plot--one that will play with Alex’s mind as he grasps the magnitude of what is at stake. From Egypt to France to Wales, from luxury yachts to abandoned coal mines, Alex traverses a minefield of dangers and cryptic clues as he fights to discover the truth. The #1 New York Times bestselling series, perfect for fans of James Bond and Jason Bourne, is back with a vengeance! Praise for Never Say Die: "Once again amid races, chases, hails of bullets, and increasingly spectacular explosions, the teenage James Bond pulls off one awesome feat of derring-do after another. [This] fresh caper . . . roars along to a (naturally) explosive climax."—Booklist "In his usual breakneck fashion, Horowitz whisks Alex from one improbable situation to another . . . this installment is sure to please Alex''s legions of fans."—Kirkus Reviews

The Gatekeepers #5: Oblivion

release date: Apr 01, 2013
The Gatekeepers #5: Oblivion
The final, thrilling conclusion to #1 New York Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz''s masterful series!Matt. Pedro. Scott. Jamie. Scar. Five Gatekeepers have finally found one another. And only the five of them can fight the evil force that is on the rise, threatening the destruction of the world. In the penultimate volume of The Gatekeepers series, a massive storm arose that signalled the beginning of the end. Now the five Gatekeepers must battle the evil power the storm has unleashed - and strive to stop the world from ending.

Alex Rider: Secret Weapon

release date: Aug 25, 2020
Alex Rider: Secret Weapon
Alex Rider is now an IMDb TV/Amazon Original Series! "Readers ages 8 to 15 with a taste for tough-guy thrills will gobble this one up."--Wall Street Journal International bestselling author Anthony Horowitz''s short story collection expands the universe of teen spy Alex Rider with more thrilling action, espionage, and pulse-pounding heroics. Inspired by Horowitz''s millions of fans worldwide, Secret Weapon expands the world of Alex Rider with more thrilling action and pulse-pounding heroics. Follow Alex as he infiltrates a terrorist hideout in Afghanistan, fights to prevent an assassination attempt at a ski resort over Christmas, and much more! The #1 New York Times bestselling Alex Rider is back with more exciting, edge-of-your-seats adventures! Contains a combination of new and previously published material, together for the first time! Praise for Never Say Die: "Once again amid races, chases, hails of bullets, and increasingly spectacular explosions, the teenage James Bond pulls off one awesome feat of derring-do after another. [This] fresh caper . . . roars along to a (naturally) explosive climax." --Booklist

Skeleton Key

release date: Apr 12, 2004
Skeleton Key
Alex Rider is now an IMDBtv original series! Alex Rider is an orphan turned teen superspy who''s saving the world one mission at a time—from #1 New York Times bestselling author! Alex Rider has been through a lot for his fourteen years. He''s been shot at by international terrorists, chased down a mountainside on a makeshift snowboard, and has stood face-to-face with pure evil. Twice, young Alex has managed to save the world. And twice, he has almost been killed doing it. But now Alex faces something even more dangerous. The desperation of a man who has lost everything he cared for: his country and his only son. A man who just happens to have a nuclear weapon and a serious grudge against the free world. To see his beloved Russia once again be a dominant power, he will stop at nothing. Unless Alex can stop him first... Uniting forces with America''s own CIA for the first time, teen spy Alex Rider battles terror from the sun-baked beaches of Miami all the way to the barren ice fields of northernmost Russia. From the author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty.

Moriarty

release date: Oct 23, 2014
Moriarty
Sherlock Holmes is dead. Days after Holmes and his arch-enemy Moriarty fall to their doom at the Reichenbach Falls, Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York. The death of Moriarty has created a poisonous vacuum which has been swiftly filled by a fiendish new criminal mastermind who has risen to take his place. Ably assisted by Inspector Athelney Jones of Scotland Yard, a devoted student of Holmes''s methods of investigation and deduction, Frederick Chase must forge a path through the darkest corners of the capital to shine light on this shadowy figure, a man much feared but seldom seen, a man determined to engulf London in a tide of murder and menace. Author of the global bestseller THE HOUSE OF SILK, Anthony Horowitz once more breathes life into the world created by Arthur Conan Doyle. With pitch-perfect characterisation and breath-taking pace, Horowitz weaves a relentlessly thrilling tale which teases and delights by the turn of each page. The game is afoot...

Burnt

release date: Sep 01, 2011
Burnt
Uncle Nigel is determined to get a sun tan. But Tim is sure there is something sinister going on, when his uncle''s skin starts to frazzle and his brain begins to fry. When Bart buys a magical monkey''s ear in a market in Marrakesh, he discovers that making wishes is a dangerous game - you might just get what you wish for . . . And who is the writer of the shortest horror story ever written?

The Gatekeepers #3: Nightrise

release date: Apr 01, 2012
The Gatekeepers #3: Nightrise
The third heart-pounding book in #1 NYT bestselling author Anthony Horowitz''s spellbinding The Gatekeepers series. A gate has been opened. The Old Ones have been released. And now the third and fourth of The Five -- twins with a mysterious psychic bond -- are joining the fight.

Tarandon

release date: Jan 01, 2006
Tarandon
Y cyntaf yn y gyfres o nofelau am Alecs Rider, bachgen 14 oed sy''n cael ei ricriwtio''n ysbïwr yn erbyn ei ewyllys. Mae cyfrifiaduron y Tarandon yn cael eu dosbarthu i bob ysgol ym Mhrydain - ond a oes yna reswm sinistr y tu ôl i rodd hael Herod? Mae''r cloc yn tician, mae''r Tarandon ar fin dod ar-lein - ac mae Alecs yn darganfod gwirionedd enbyd. Addas i ddarllenwyr 9-14 oed. -- Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru

Return to Groosham Grange

release date: Aug 20, 2009
Return to Groosham Grange
From the author of the New York Times bestselling Alex Rider series! A year ago, thirteen-year-old David Eliot would have given anything to see the end of Groosham Grange and its ghastly teachers. Now he''s on track to win the Unholy Grail, a cup of magical power rewarded to the star student. But a series of suspicious mishaps is closing the gap between David and the new boy, Vincent. It seems as though someone - or some thing - doesn''t want David to win the cup and may even be threatening Groosham Grange''s very existence!

Magpie Murders

release date: Jun 06, 2017
Magpie Murders
Soon to be a series on PBS MASTERPIECE! "A double puzzle for puzzle fans, who don’t often get the classicism they want from contemporary thrillers." —Janet Maslin, The New York Times New York Times bestseller | Winner of the Macavity Award for Best Novel | #1 Indie Next Pick | NPR best book of the Year | Washington Post best book of the Year | Esquire best book of the Year From the New York Times bestselling author of Moriarty and Trigger Mortis, this fiendishly brilliant, riveting thriller weaves a classic whodunit worthy of Agatha Christie into a chilling, ingeniously original modern-day mystery. When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway’s latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the bestselling crime writer for years, she’s intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan’s traditional formula has proved hugely successful. So successful that Susan must continue to put up with his troubling behavior if she wants to keep her job. Conway’s latest tale has Atticus Pünd investigating a murder at Pye Hall, a local manor house. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but the more Susan reads, the more she’s convinced that there is another story hidden in the pages of the manuscript: one of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition, and murder. Masterful, clever, and relentlessly suspenseful, Magpie Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the reader becomes the detective.

Ark Angel

release date: Apr 05, 2007
Ark Angel
Alex Rider is now an IMDb TV/Amazon Original Series! Alex Rider is an orphan turned teen superspy who''s saving the world one mission at a time—from #1 New York Times bestselling author! The sniper’s bullet nearly killed him. But Alex Rider managed to survive . . . just in time for more trouble to come his way. When kidnappers attempt to snatch a fellow patient from the exclusive hospital where Alex is recovering, he knows he has to stop him. But the boy he saves is no ordinary patient: He is the son of Nikolai Drevin, one of the richest men in the world. The eccentric billionaire has been targeted by Force Three, a group of eco-terrorists who claim his project Ark Angel—the first luxury hotel in outer space—is a danger to the environment. Soon Alex discovers that Force Three will stop at nothing to destroy Ark Angel, even if it means sending four hundred tons of molten glass and steel hurtling down to Earth and killing millions . . . unless Alex can stop them. From the author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty.

South by Southeast

release date: Jan 01, 2005
South by Southeast
Fourteen-year-old Nick and his bumbling detective brother Tim Diamond investigate a mystery involving international spies and assassins. Simultaneous.

Crocodile Tears

release date: Nov 17, 2009
Crocodile Tears
Alex Rider is now an IMDb TV/Amazon Original Series! Alex Rider is an orphan turned teen superspy who''s saving the world one mission at a time—from #1 New York Times bestselling author! A charity broker con artist has raised millions of dollars in donations, only to invest them in a form of genetically modified corn that has the power to release an airborne strain of virus so powerful it can knock out an entire country in one windy day. A catastrophe so far-reaching that it would raise millions of dollars more in charitable donations, all of which would be embezzled by one man. The antidote? Alex Rider, of course, who survives gunfire, explosions, and hand-to-hand combat with mercenaries--just another day in the life of an average kid. From the author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty.

The Phone Goes Dead

release date: Sep 01, 2011
The Phone Goes Dead
Two dark and creepy tales by Anthony Horowitz, a master storyteller and the bestselling author of the Alex Rider series. David''s mobile won''t stop ringing, but these are no ordinary callers. He seems to have a hotline to heaven - or is it to hell? Isabel has a nasty feeling that the Victorian bath her parents have installed is waiting for her - and it isn''t for a bubble bath, more a blood bath...

Russian Roulette

release date: Nov 18, 2014
Russian Roulette
Alex Rider is now an IMDb TV/Amazon Original Series! Alex Rider is an orphan turned teen superspy who''s saving the world one mission at a time—from #1 New York Times bestselling author! Alex Rider’s life changed forever with the silent pull of a trigger. Every story has a beginning. For teen secret agent Alex Rider, that beginning occurred prior to his first case for MI6, known by the code name Stormbreaker. By the time Stormbreaker forever changed Alex’s life, his uncle had been murdered by the assassin Yassen Gregorovich, leaving Alex orphaned and craving revenge. Yet when Yassen had a clear shot to take out Alex after he foiled the Stormbreaker plot, he let Alex live. Why? This is Yassen’s story. A journey down the darker path of espionage. Like a James Bond for young readers, international #1 bestseller Anthony Horowitz delivers a blockbuster thrill ride. From the author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty.

I Know What You Did Last Wednesday

release date: Jan 01, 2007
I Know What You Did Last Wednesday
FICTION. When the Diamond Brothers receive an invitation to a school reunion on a remote Scottish island, things seem to be looking up. But Nick''s got a bad feeling, and it''s not indigestion. And when he meets their fellow guests, the feeling only gets worse especially when they start dying in ever more bizarre ways!
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