The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel
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The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

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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 crimin...more
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Published November 1st 2011 by Mulholland Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jonathan

I tip my hat off to you Anthony Horowitz. Having loved your Alex Rider novels because of their brilliant plotting I now see that you are capable of turning your hand to constructing an incredible Sherlock Holmes novel.

In an age where to the majority of people Sherlock Holmes means either Benedict Cumberbatch or Robert Downey Jnr it is refreshing to see some who still recall that Holmes was first and foremost one of the greatest creations of literature. Few who know that still don't know that it...more
Arah-Lynda
There is so much more to the reading experience than the mere consumption of words on a page.

No…. I love me the look and feel and smell of an actual book. My mind remembers these things, the cover art, the heft and sense of the page, how some fall open and give them selves up to you while others can be heavy, cumbersome, high maintenance reads. I remember the print or type face, whatever the right term is, my mind is able to recreate these images and sensations as I recall a particular experie...more
Terry
A frustrating novel--Horowitz gets the style mostly right, and the plot moves at a nonstop clip, but the mystery itself is disappointing. From the very beginning, I had an inkling of where the story was going, lessening both the suspense and the emotional impact that the novel could generate. While there were some clever twists along the way--Holmes' time in prison, for example--even in these examples it felt as if Horowitz was simply reacting to other plots rather than coming up with something...more
Mark
Being a great fan of the Holmesian 'game being afoot' i opened this with 'expectant trepidation'. I was not, as Watson might put it, to be disappointed on either count. There was a breathless excited quality about the story which swept you along but in the end I feel it fell flat. Horowitz it seemed to me, without giving away too much of the main story, just leapt onto the easy bandwagon of twenty first century bete noires. It was predictable and uninspired.

Holmes' solving and sorting of the tw...more
Michael
A fine art dealer comes begging for Sherlock’s help, as he has been menaced by a strange man; a wanted man that has followed him all the way from America. Art dealer named Edmund Carstairs then finds his home robbed, family threatened and then his client murdered. Unwillingly Holmes and Watson find themselves in a conspiracy connecting London to the Boston underground by an opium den known as the House of Silk.

For the first time in One hundred and twenty five years the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate...more
Lance Greenfield
From the first word, the style, the tone, the characters, the language, the inter-twining of plots and sub-plots and the little puzzles and deductions in which Holmes has always excelled, are all faithfully and skilfully adhered to by Anthony Horowitz. The result is superb and delightful.

The author even takes great care to avoid the use of diminutives in exactly the same way as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. For example, he writes “has not” rather than “hasn’t.” This minute attention to replication of...more
Hannah
A highly readable and (more importantly) enjoyable Holmes pastiche from the pen of Anthony Horowitz, who wrote the "Foyle's War" TV mystery series. As with my first foray with Laurie R. King, I'm always slightly leary of venturing out of the original Holmes canon to find more stories about one of my favorite detectives. Thankfully Horowitz, like King, has managed to create a well crafted story while staying true to the "spirit" of Sherlock and company with this novel. I hope he will follow up wi...more
Chris
This is Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes.

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Now, despite the fact that Basil Rathbone was the first Sherlock I ever saw, Brett is the best Sherlock, hands down. He is always in motion. He's brillant. If you haven't seen him, rent the DVDs now.

Rent them before you see this book because Horowitz worships at this altar. The introduction contains a nod to the Granda production that featured Brett.

Is Horowitz as good as Doyle? Well, no. But he is close (and sometimes Doyle wasn't as good as himself). Hor...more
F.R.
I think I had a mini-rant about this book when it was first announced. The BBC, if I remember rightly, had cravenly following the PR line that said that this is the first new Sherlock Holmes novel since Conan-Doyle hung up his quill (and thought, no doubt, Thank God I don’t have to write another bloody Sherlock Holmes story).

But a friend gave it to me for me for my birthday and I thought it would be churlish not to read it.

As a Holmes novel I didn’t find it the most convincing. For a start it’s...more
Andy
I'm a big Sherlock Holmes (and Conan Doyle) fan, having read all the stories over a month in my teens but have never felt the inclination to read any of the modern takes on the character. However, I saw this last week on sale, picked it up, read the glowing reviews on the cover and decided to give it a whirl. I'm really glad I did.

Horowitz manages to pull off a near perfect homage to Doyle, capturing an authentic narrative voice for Watson and crafting an intriguing and detailed story. It's quit...more
Jamie Bernthal
First off: Arthur Conan Doyle would never have written this novel. Book length, paragraph structure, and an emphasis on over-explained historical detail mark this out as pastiche, however reverent. But that in itself doesn't matter: Arthur Conan Doyle is dead. Much as we might like to read another work by him, we won't (except for John Smith and the like, but, really.... no). Sherlock Holmes means different things to us now so an attempt to mimic his creator's style, which cannot be successful,...more
robyn
First Sherlock Holmes story authorized by the Doyle estate? I did what I rarely do, and ordered a book in hardback, despite the melodramatic title.

I find that the story lives up to the title, however. Melodramatic.

It wasn't actually bad; the characterizations of Holmes and Watson were pretty good, and the secondary characters were largely well-drawn. Unfortunately, the story itself was strangely convoluted; the kinks and jumps are explained in the end, but that doesn't help with the fact that a...more
Marianne
Holmes and Watson solve an ugly crime - or two or three - outwitting truly depraved criminals and bringing to light a corruption so secret and powerful that even Mycroft warns Sherlock from it -- and cannot come to their aid.

It's a sound, consistent story, and each character rings true. Watson's references to his other adventures with Holmes are both relevant and revealing -- we're brought into the reflections of an older Watson, whose profound respect and love of Holmes remain unchanged, as doe...more
Arun Divakar
There will always be comparisons galore when a second person decides to don the author's gloves for Mr. Holmes. The most obvious of the arrows used against any author would be Conan Doyle wouldn't have written it this way ! The ravages of time has ensured that we will not get Mr.Doyle again to recreate the magic of the good old days. Personally as a reader, I am happy that there are authors still trying to recreate the adventures of this refined intellect and the good doctor. Some of these past...more
Mike
Jan 12, 2013 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone
This is a recent novel (2011) which bears the distinction of having been authorized by the estate of Conan Doyle. While it may have been suggested that it was the only such book, there were at least two others before it. Nonetheless, with such an endorsement one would expect nothing but a story of the very highest quality. And I think that is what has been produced.

In many ways this story resonates with the manners, speech patterns, and actions of Holmes and Watson far better than many others I...more
L.K. Jay
I am an avid Sherlock Holmes fan and as far as I'm concerned, there is only one on-screen version of Holmes and that is Jeremy Brett (with Benedict Cumberbatch coming a close second), so when I heard that someone else was going to write a Sherlock Holmes book I had the same reaction when I heard that Robert Downey Jr was going to play Holmes in that terrible film. When I heard it was going to be Anthony Horowitz writing it though, I changed my tune. Anyone who wrote 'Foyle's War' had to do a goo...more
Maxine
Holmes is dead and Watson, now nearing the end of his own long and fruitful life, tells the tale of Holmes' most shocking case - a case that he could not tell while the principals were still alive.

In this, the first book approved by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's estate (albeit not the first to try to take up the mantle), author Anthony Horowitz does an almost pitch-perfect rendition of Doyle's style. There are all the elements which made those original stories so much fun and, let's admit it, addicti...more
Megan
Jan 02, 2012 Megan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone who loves the original Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
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Being a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes I was very excited to read this book and quickly flew through it in less than a day. That being said it is a pretty easy read but I was very impressed by the writing style and how it was very similar to that of Arthur Conan Doyle. I absolutely love Sherlock Holmes and in a way I'm kinda a Sherlock Holmes purist. I hate many of the new Sherlock Holmes books that puts Holmes against zombies, vampires, aliens, and things of a supernatural basis. I am always nervo...more
Kimi04
I love Sherlock Holmes, Dr. John Watson and the original works of Arthur Conan Doyle. It is never easy to reproduce already existing characters, especially when they have been alive in the minds of readers for more than a century. And to bring back the brilliant, yet arrogant-sarcastic mind of Sherlock Holmes and the caring, yet fierce and loyal behavior of John Watson is a real challenge.

Anthony Horowitz mastered this challenge brilliantly. This book is everything you expect a Sherlock Holmes n...more
Swagato Barman Roy
As a die hard Sherlock Holmes fan, I find it of rather poor quality. The author tried his best to imitate Doyle's writing style, but given the presence of certain modern phrases, the sentence constructions and use of punctuations it doesn't at all come across as a document written in those ages. The way Watson describes the plight of street children, boring account of their misery extending to pages really defeats the central theme of the plot.
As for the story itself, the plot seems to be a seq...more
Jo Anne B
I haven't read a Sherlock Holmes book in decades but this conjured up fond memories of the mysteries solved by Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Watson.This was a very fun, pleasurable read.

I thought Horowitz did a great job capturing the voice of Doyle and stayed true to his story telling. Sherlock Holmes is able to solve multiple crimes by making keen deductions about the people involved. He can tell if they got up late, were being poisoned, were telling the truth or not, and ultimately if the...more
Melinda Elizabeth
I must first start by thanking Guy Ritchie, for giving me the opportunity to read Sherlock novels and essentially spend the whole time imagining Robert Downey Jr shirtless for the whole duration of the book. Makes for pleasant reading.

Now, onto the book itself, what an undertaking! You have to give it to Horowitz, it takes guts to revive such a well known and much loved pair. And I'm glad to see that he stuck to form, and the novel was nearly seamless and in sync with our interpretation of Holme...more
Moira Russell
This was simultaneously dull and terrible. Reading it was like having a very faint headache you can't get rid of for two days straight.
Mary Ronan Drew
Having read a great many books like this one, follow-ons to famous and beloved works by Austen, Doyle, and Sayers, I'm prepared to say this is the best of them. The author has captured the language and the plot of an original Sherlock Holmes story and there is a minimum of anachronism, though I doubt one would have said "he slept in" back in 1915, which is when the book was purportedly written.

But the plot, the characters encountered, the scenes, the descriptions of Holmes and Watson, the "let'...more
Sarah Madison
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Kathy B.
One of my favorite books of all is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, so a book sanctioned by his estate (the first so sanctioned besides the original author's tales) would naturally grab my attention. However, it had a large legacy indeed against which it would be measured. All in all, Horowitz did an excellent job keeping to the tone and spirit of the original stories, but the Master is the Master, and Horowitz is the apprentice, albeit a good one. Watson's affection and l...more
Barb
I've read some of Arthur Conan Doyle's original mysteries featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson and enjoyed them. But I've found several different authors who create Holmesian pastiche which I actually prefer to the original cannon. I think part of the reason for my preference is that I don't care much for short stories, I like something that I can sink my teeth into and chew on for a while, I don't care for snack sized reading and what I have on the shelf written by Arthur Conan Doyle featur...more
Diana Gagliardi
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Matthew (Bibliofreak.net)
The House of Silk (2011) is the first Sherlock Holmes book to be officially endorsed by the Conan Doyle estate, Anthony Horowitz claiming to have written not a pastiche, but a new Sherlock Holmes novel. The House of Silk is truly two cases, the titular and The Case of the Man in the Flat Cap. The two cases are set in motion when a Bohemian art dealer visits Holmes in Baker Street, fearing for his life, and being stalked by a scar-faced man who lurks around every corner. Holmes and Watson are qui...more
Laima

The novel is told from the point of view of Dr. Watson. I found this story slow moving until about the middle of the book. At this point things become a lot more interesting. Holmes and Watson are trying to solve one mystery when all of a sudden they are diverted onto a different path, a different mystery. The two situations appear unrelated for most of the book. It was worth the read -I did not see that ending coming!!!!

"For the first time in its one-hundred-and-twenty-five-year history, the A...more
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Anthony Horowitz, OBE is ranked alongside Enid Blyton and Mark A. Cooper as "The most original and best spy-kids authors of the century." (New York Times). Anthony has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age of twenty. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books, he is also the writer and creator of award winning detective series Foyle’s War, and more recent...more
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