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The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

The House of Silk

by Anthony Horowitz

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Series: Anthony Horowitz's Sherlock Holmes (1)

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A fantastic addition to the Sherlock Holmes expanded universe. Author Horowitz blends elements of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic stories into this cleverly plotted double mystery. As with Magpie Murders, I became so engrossed in the case nested inside the initial investigation I almost forgot the first one existed. ( )
  wandaly | Jan 8, 2019 |
Worthy Conan Doyle successor
Review of the Audible Audio edition narrated by Derek Jacobi

I might be overrating this 2011 Holmes adventure somewhat as I read it in tandem with Caleb Carr's extremely boring "The Italian Secretary" (2006) in a small catch-up of not-so-recent Sherlock Holmes pastiche fiction. Nevertheless, there is no question that Horowitz is much truer to the original characters and provides a much more thrilling plotline.

I notice also that Horowitz is now the officially commissioned continuation author of 2 iconic British mystery/thriller series with his Holmes ("Moriarty" (2014) is his 2nd one) and his James Bond ("Trigger Mortis" (2015) & "Forever and a Day" (2018)).

The narration by veteran actor Derek Jacobi was outstanding throughout. ( )
  alanteder | Nov 28, 2018 |
Horowitz does a good job with this Sherlock Holmes mystery novel. I am actually not a huge fan of Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, and arguably Horowitz does it even better. The book is significantly longer than a Doyle story, and Horowitz uses this extra space well, to show the characters and spin out the plot. Horowitz emulates a late 19th century writing style, but does not ape it; he keeps a modern twist. His plot and descriptions of the setting also have a little extra modern perspective that I think makes the novel more interesting. It is a good mystery—solvable in theory from the information you're given, though I didn't solve it myself. A very little action, enough to spice it up. The story focuses on Holmes and Watson, with a few cameos. I would have liked to have seen a few more characters developed. ( )
  breic | Nov 4, 2018 |
Holmes and Watson are contacted by an art dealer who has been robbed of newly purchased art and is now being stalked by a strange man in a flat cap; before they have time to investigate fully, the first murder occurs - and soon, even Sherlock Holmes comes under suspicion of murder…. I am not a fan of Sherlock Holmes, but I *am* a fan of the author Anthony Horowitz, so I enjoyed this book for his writing style rather than for the story itself or the characters. I bought this at a used bookstore, and oddly, somebody left a note about “page 173,” in which s/he bemoans the fact that the author used “my sister-in-law and I” when it should have been “sister-in-law and me.” Kind of nice to think of someone becoming so incensed by a grammatical error that they needed to vent about it! ( )
  thefirstalicat | Sep 24, 2018 |
Doctor Watson narrates the exploits of Sherlock Holmes as he investigates a murder and the brutal death of a street urchin. ( )
  MaggieFlo | Sep 23, 2018 |
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So, all of the elements are there: the data, the data, the data. Nothing of consequence overlooked. And yet can Horowitz, like Holmes, make from these drops of water the possibilities of an Atlantic or a Niagara? Can he astonish us? Can he thrill us? Are there "the rapid deductions, as swift as intuitions, and yet always founded on a logical basis" that we yearn for?

Emphatically, yes. The characters are, as Conan Doyle himself would have them, as close to cliché as good writing allows. Horowitz's Watson cleverly excuses himself right at the start from any complaints about style or content by reminding us of Holmes's oft-stated judgment of the stories: "He accused me more than once of vulgar romanticism, and thought me no better than any Grub Street scribbler." We must take them on their own terms, then: Mr Carstairs, the troubled dealer in fine art, who is being watched by a mysterious stranger in a flat cap with a "livid scar on his right cheek". Carstairs's wife, the mysterious foreign adventuress. Cornelius Stillman, the bumptious American millionaire. The dastardly Boston Irish gang, led by the ruthless O'Donaghue twins. The madwoman in the attic. The creepy reverend who runs a home for boys. The big set-pieces: the train robbery; the escape from prison; the freak show; the high-speed horse-drawn carriage chase.

Dorothy L Sayers understood the rules of the Holmesian game when she remarked that "it must be played as solemnly as a county cricket match at Lord's: the slightest touch of extravagance or burlesque ruins the atmosphere". Horowitz plays a perfectly straight bat. This is a no-shit Sherlock.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316196991, Hardcover)

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.

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With approval from the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a best-selling novelist and Sherlock Holmes expert brings the greatest detective in literary history back to life on Baker Street for the first time since 1930.

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