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The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

The House of Silk by Anthony HorowitzThe House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

My hands practically trembled as I opened to the first page of The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz.  This is not simply one of the many books inspired by Sherlock Holmes or based on Sherlock Holmes or part of the whole Sherlock Homes resurgence of late.

This book is in fact a New Sherlock Holmes novel that has been approved and endorsed by the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The first authentic Sherlock Holmes novel to be written and published in over a hundred years!

That makes this book very unique.  But can it live up to the very big shoes of Sir AC Doyle?

I say yes. I believe that the House of Silk captures the essence of the old stories and recreates the aura of 221B Baker Street for us to visit once again.

As usual, Dr. Watson is narrating the adventure, except that this time he is an old man and Holmes has long since passed.  He is remembering their last and most shocking escapade in the year 1890.

Plot synopsis from Amazon.com:

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.

Our favorite characters are all there.  Lestrade of Scotland Yard, given a much more sympathetic view in this rendition. Mrs. Hudson, always ready to serve tea to calm the nerves of her tenants.  The self serving brother, Mycroft Holmes wanders in and out and of course Dr. Watson, always there to record the events and provide the occasional life saving piece of intelligence.

We are reminded that Holmes is at once a brilliant and somewhat broken man.  The addictions nag at him and while the lesser mortals struggle to understand the simplest of clues, he has already understood the conclusion and patiently and not so patiently waits for them to catch up.  We see that his superior intellect is also a curse and very isolating.

I really loved this book and highly recommend it to anyone whether you are a solid Sherlock Holmes fan, or have never heard of him!  You will enjoy this novel either way.
The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel is available on Amazon.com.

The game is once again afoot!







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27 Responses to The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

  1. Jacqueliine says:

    I bought this book as soon as I heard of it. The reviews and endorsements were all true, excellent story written in a true “Doyle” fashion. Anthony Horowitz has done a remarkably good job in holding to the writings of Conan Doyle.

    Anita’s blog above is excellent and her review is spot on! If you are a Homes fan, get a copy of the book. I am sure you will enjoy it.

    Read on!!

  2. ladymarielle says:

    Oh I feel so left out that I haven’t read this book yet. Thanks for the review, will have to go to Chapters for a copy!
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  3. That is great! I know some friends of mine that would love to read a new Sherlock Holmes book. I will have to check it out, thanks!
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  4. This book sounds fantastic. I am excited to get my hands on a copy of it 🙂 Thanks for the great review.
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  5. Tess says:

    friends of mine love Sherlock. Great idea for a last minute gift.
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  6. How exciting for a new Sherlock Holmes novel!! It sounds like a great story and you did a wonderful review!
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  7. Theresa says:

    Isn’t that exciting when a new book is released!? This one sounds intriguing! Something fans will truly appreciate reading as well as owning!
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  8. Rosey says:

    Totally a Sherlock Holmes fan here! Thank you for letting us know about this book!
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  9. A new Sherlock Holmes book??!! I have to get this. As soon as I’m done typing this I’m downloading for my Kindle. Thank you! I didn’t know there was a new one.
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  10. My son loves these books, I bet he would love this one for Christmas.
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  11. Ashley Gill says:

    My sister would enjoy this book. She is s big Sherlock fan… Thanks for the awesome gift idea#!

  12. Chrishelle says:

    I like the Sherlock Holmes movies. Would love to read some original Arthur Conan Doyle novels as well as this new story.
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  13. I’ve never been a big Sherlock Holmes fan but I know that a lot of readers love his character. This book sounds great.
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  14. Le-an Lai Angeles Lacaba says:

    Oh how I’d love to read this. I’ve always wanted to start reading Sherlock Holmes. Maybe this is where I could start!

  15. katherine says:

    This book sounds amazing! I would love to check it out soon!

  16. Melanie says:

    I think this is the book I just picked up the other week. I lost it on the bookshelf but it sounds familiar. I can’t wait to read
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  17. Wow – I had not heard that there was a new Sherlock Holmes book! I will definitely have to find a copy!
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  18. What an awesome review.. I was looking for a new book to add to my reading list..think I found it.. can’t wait to read it..thanks for sharing
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  19. Rachee Fagg says:

    I have never read any Sherlock Holmes! I really want to start reading them so maybe this will be a good place to begin.
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    • Anita Breeze says:

      No Sherlock ever? Oh my poor child 🙁 . This novel could be read and enjoyed even by people not acquainted with this character.

  20. Robyn says:

    It sounds like my mom would love this book. Good thing I haven’t gotten her a present yet.
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  21. I’m so buying this book!!!
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