'Horowitz has captured Holmes Heaven' THE TIMES
THE HOUSE OF SILK was the first official new Sherlock Holmes mystery and a SUNDAY TIMES bestseller from the author of MAGPIE MURDERS
THE GAME'S AFOOT . . .
It is November 1890 and London is gripped by a merciless winter. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are enjoying tea by the fire when an agitated gentleman arrives unannounced at 221b Baker Street. He begs Holmes for help, telling the unnerving story of a scar-faced man with piercing eyes who has stalked him in recent weeks.
Intrigued, Holmes and Watson find themselves swiftly drawn into a series of puzzling and sinister events, stretching from the gas-lit streets of London to the teeming criminal underworld of Boston and the mysterious 'House of Silk' . . .
The hype surrounding what s being billed as the first pastiche ever officially approved by the Conan Doyle estate is amply justified in this authentic, if melancholy, recreation of the beloved Baker Street characters by the creator of the acclaimed Foyle s War TV series. A year after Sherlock Holmes s death (from natural causes), Watson takes up his pen one last time to recount a case they shared in 1890 that was too monstrous, too shocking to appear in print. The opening is prosaic enough. London art dealer Edmund Carstairs asks for the detective s help after a shadowy figure in a flat cap, apparently an Irish-American thug bent on revenge, surfaces near Carstairs s Wimbledon home. When a murder follows Holmes getting involved, the trail leads him and the good doctor to a powerful secret society known as the House of Silk. Horowitz gets everything right the familiar narrative voice, brilliant deductions, a very active role for Watson, and a perplexing and disturbing series of puzzles to unravel and the legion of fans of the originals will surely be begging for Horowitz to again dip into Watson s trove of untold tales. Author tour. (One-day laydown: Nov. 1)
I loved it! I read all the Sherlock Holmes books as a child and remember well the feeling of bereavement when I had finished them all. And now we have more! I have been glued to this book for the last 24 hours. And now I am once more bereft. In your final essay, you say you have no plans to write a second. How can we persuade you otherwise?
No mean feat
I think I can imagine the difficulty of writing as if wearing another author's shoes. Having recently read someone else's efforts at reproducing a Steig Larsson Nobel I was expecting to be disappointed. However I have to say that AH has pulled off a major coup. Everything about this novel felt authentic. Brilliant and immensely enjoyable.
As a Sherlock Holmes fan I was interested to read this, and was not dissapointed.
It is the type of book that once you pick it up you don't want to put it down until you reach the end.
It is well written following the style of Conan Doyle and stays true to the characters.