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The House of Silk: The New Sherlock Holmes Novel (Sherlock Holmes by Anthony Horowitz #1)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  20,038 ratings  ·  2,392 reviews
Bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz will bring the great man to life again for a new generation of readers. As the creator of Foyle, recently voted the nation's favourite TV detective at the ITV Crime Thriller Awards 2010, Anthony has already displayed his talent for plotting and characterisation. Having been a lifelong fan of Conan Doyle's novels, he w ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Orion (first published January 2011)
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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
Sanjay Gautam
It took me a while (perhaps three years) to pick this book from my shelve, and read. I was actually skeptical about this book. On seeing the pastiches of Sherlock Holmes there's always one question that comes to my mind: Could this new author be at par with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (let alone surpass him)? This book, I accept, does not come at par with the original for die hard fans of Sherlock Holmes. But its not bad either. And to be honest, I liked the story that Horowitz has woven. Its a very ...more
Bookworm Sean
Sherlock Holmes is such a perceptive man. Few thing escape from his gaze and remain hidden from view; no trails become cold or dead as nothing eludes him because he is the master of deduction. Anthony Horowitz, like Holmes, is also a perceptive man because he has re-created the legendary consulting-detective with as much skill and finesse as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle did himself.

Horowitz has breathed new life into Sherlock Holmes


I recognise that this is a bold claim to make but, nonetheless, it is
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
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
K.J. Charles
That is not what 'egregious' means. Or 'ribaldry'. Or 'infer'. The artist is not spelled Pissaro, and opium was legal in 1890 so smuggling it would have been uniquely pointless. The sexual mores are ahistorical, which is a major problem if the whole plot hinges on 'we must kill everyone to keep our secret'.

I don't usually nitpick edits but really, if you're going to presume to ventriloquise Holmes, there's no space for sloppy English and failed fact checking. And no excuse for the old 'criminal
Mona Temchin
As Good or Better than the Original Conan Doyle Stories

Anthony Horowitz has done a brilliant and masterful job of recreating the world of Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick, Dr. John Watson.

He was evidently endorsed by the Conan Doyle estate to write a brand new Sherlock Holmes story.

He's succeeded admirably. The prose is crisp, and the story's pacing and tension keep us involved through the entire bumpy journey.

I'll try to avoid spoilers by only giving the bare outlines of the story and chara
This is Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes.


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
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
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
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
This was really good. The style felt very similar to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's; maybe slightly more modern, but this was still set in Holmes' usual time period. The descriptions were incredible. I've never been to London, and obviously not during that time period, but I could easily picture the fogged streets, horse-drawn buggies and Victorian mansions. The mystery was tautly portrayed and kept me interested throughout. I never lost interest, not even during the slower parts. Highly recommended, ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote four novels and 56 short stories featuring Sherlock Holmes; while such an output might have been sufficient for a lesser light, fans of the Great Detective have been clamoring for more for more than a century now. Authors ranging from Tod Browning to Roger Zelazny — B to Z, as it were — have featured Holmes in their own work.

Now comes Anthony Horowitz. While not getting Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s voice exactly right (only Laurie R. King seems able to do so), Horowitz
This was an excellent Sherlock story and Derek Jacobi was most excellent as the narrator. I recommend this audiobook to any fans of Sherlock Holmes stories.
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
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

‘Show Holmes a drop of water and he would deduce the existence of the Atlantic. Show it to me and I would look for a tap. That was the difference between us.’

In London, during the Autumn of 1890, Holmes and Watson are investigating a seemingly ordinary crime involving rare art and of course murder. Their investigation manages to take them far from the beaten path and propels them straight into a most horrific ongoing crime involving The House of Silk. They hit a brick
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
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
An excellent tale of Holmes and Watson, it kept me reading and fits very well among the series as written by Arthur Conan Doyle. It was marketed as the first official allowed sequel makes you wonder what the status is of the other official sequel written by Caleb Carr "The Italian Secretary". While Horowitz doesn't delve as deep in the Victorian world (as Carr was able to do) he does give the impression that he knows his stuff and nowhere does the novel stray of in unbelievable mistakes in time ...more
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

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
4.5 stars
Horowitz does a brilliant Holmes / Watson mystery. It's a bit more sensational than originals and the ending is a little rushed but I really did love it and wouldn't hesitate to read more by this author.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
Recommended to Carmen by: Library
I was fully prepared to despise this novel. I am a fan of Sherlock Holmes, and have read everything Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about the man. I generally abhor when authors who are not the original author try to continue a successful series.

However, this book did not disappoint me. It was a fast-moving, in-character, vibrant Sherlock Holmes mystery that I couldn't put down.

Anthony Horowitz puts in lots of "goodies" for the reader, including, but not limited to: Mycroft, Moriarty, Lestrade...
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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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