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To us, the readers of the future, he bequeaths "one last portrait of Sherlock Holmes". Is the portrait accurate? Is this the Holmes we know and love? We ascend the 17 steps up to the first floor of B Baker Street. All is as we might expect. The usual cast assemble. Mrs Hudson is there with a plate of scones.
Wiggins and the Baker Street irregulars make a welcome appearance, as do rat-faced Inspector Lestrade and Mycroft "He is still alive, by the way. When I last heard, he had been knighted and was the chancellor of a well-known university". Moriarty "'I am a mathematician, Dr Watson … I am also what you would doubtless term a criminal'". Poor Mary, Watson's ailing wife. Outside, fog and hansom cabs. So, all of the elements are there: Nothing of consequence overlooked.
We meet Mycroft, and even devilish Moriarty makes an appearance. I was hoping against hope that Irene Adler would saunter in wearing nothing but a trench coat and then Benedict Cumberbatch would Can't wait to read the next! British actor Derek Jacobi was an utter pleasure to listen to. The combination of Horowitz' writing and Jacobi's delivery was magic!
View all 33 comments. May 01, Phrynne rated it really liked it Shelves: Anthony Horowitz shows himself here as a man of many talents. He very skilfully adopts the style and purpose of the original Sherlock Holmes series and produces a book which Arthur Conan Doyle would not have been ashamed of. The story is told from the point of view of Dr. Watson and his character rings true throughout the book. Other familiar characters are also portrayed as we have come to expect - Sherlock himself, Mycroft, Lestrade and even Moriarty who has a small part.
It was all very enjoyab Anthony Horowitz shows himself here as a man of many talents. It was all very enjoyable and I look forward to more! View all 5 comments. Nov 19, Chris Horsefield rated it it was amazing.
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I have forgotten how many Sherlock Holmes stories I have read over the years hoping that someone might catch the essence of Holmes but always being disappointed to greater or lesser degrees. It backed up my feeling that Conan Doyle had an innate genius that perhaps even he did not appreciate. Some authors have come close - Steven King probably the best - but all have in some way missed the mark and some by a considerable margin. However Horrowitz has pulled it off beautifully.
I always thought of I have forgotten how many Sherlock Holmes stories I have read over the years hoping that someone might catch the essence of Holmes but always being disappointed to greater or lesser degrees. I always thought of him as being a children's author as my son used to read the Alex Rider series, but it would appear that Horrowitz writes for TV, film and adult audiences.
He is a what one could term a professional author, able to turn his hand to most forms of writing. He does Sir Arthur Conan Doyle proud.
The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz – review
Sherlock Holmes has been brought to life well using language that is reminiscent of Victorian era but modern enough for it to flow in the 21st century. Rather than just try and copy slavishly he has taken the essence of Sherlock and woven it perfectly into a new book that captures all that is good about the originals. He has avoided the trap that many writers have done which is to concentrate on the darkness that runs through many of the original stories forgetting that much of the canon is light and easy to read.
This makes for a balanced book where the less admirable qualities of Sherlock are touched on but not expanded to the detriment of the book as a whole. Very like Conan Doyle managed so well.
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The plot is well written and has an adult theme which is relevant to what we see today in distressing amounts. It is not turned into some twisted thing that distracts from the book and is dealt with in a perfect balance. Clever, brave and relevant. I was overjoyed to find that Sherlock is also present in large amounts. That seems odd but I'm sure that many of us Sherlock fans have read books where he has almost become a bit player with little to do with the story beyond some background flavour. Here Sherlock is and remains the central character and he is very much how I imagine him to be when reading the originals.
Complicated, aloof but still with a human heart beating. Often Sherlock is turned into some form of dark disturbed character but here Horrowitz I think has remained true to the original vision. Overall I cannot recommend this too much. Jan 09, Barbara rated it liked it. As the book opens, Holmes is dead and Watson is an elderly man who's decided to write up one of his friend's old investigations - a case so hush-hush that it can't be released for years. The years is now up. Shortly afterward, Carstairs' home is burgled and the thief - presumably O'Donaghue - makes off with cash and an heirloom necklace.
In an attempt to track down the stolen necklace, Holmes calls on the 'Baker Street Irregulars' - a band of street urchins who know their way around London's underbelly. The Irregulars trace the necklace to a pawnshop A lad called Ross is left to watch the hotel while Holmes is fetched. When the detective arrives - with Watson and Carstairs - they find O'Donaghue murdered in his hotel room.
Ross, who seems badly frightened by this development, runs off. Could he have seen the killer? Inspector Lestrade arrives to investigate the case, but - true to form - he misses all the important clues and goes haring off in the wrong direction. The latter issue is so sensitive that Mycroft Holmes, who's 'in' with the most important British officials, warns his brother to back off the investigation - but Sherlock does no such thing.
At the book's climax - after Holmes and Watson have survived more than one life-threatening situation - the criminals are revealed in true 'Sherlockian' fashion. That's all I can say without spoilers. The book contains many elements of the original stories, including several instances when Holmes deduces information about complete strangers. I always get a kick out of these scenes. The novel retains the flavor and mood of Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, but it's too long Still - as a big Sherlock Holmes fan - I liked the book, and recommend it to other Holmes enthusiasts.
You can follow my reviews at https: View all 10 comments. I love this book Alhamdulillah. I respect both authors: Horowitz and Conan Doyle. If anyone who is a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes then I would recommend you to read this book. Trust me you will love this book. I would recommend anyone who really likes to read crime fiction to I love this book Alhamdulillah. I would recommend anyone who really likes to read crime fiction to read The House of Silk too. Apr 01, Terry rated it it was ok Shelves: 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 A frustrating novel--Horowitz gets the style mostly right, and the plot moves at a nonstop clip, but the mystery itself is disappointing.
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 new.
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To be fair, referencing other plots is the novel's strength; the connections to Doyle's stories come fast and furious. But I kept waiting for a transcendent moment when the novel would take Doyle's detective to the next level Or, rather, it did, but in an unsatisfying manner. Rather than trying to surpass the cleverness of Doyle's plots, Horowitz plays up the emotional side of the case. Except that it doesn't quite work. The plot takes a turn for the lurid in a way that is meant to engage the reader's sympathy; instead, however, it left me feeling emotionally manipulated.
Without a truly clever payoff, the plot's sensationalism feels gratuitous, and I left the novel wanting to reread the originals. Aug 23, K. Charles rated it it was ok. That is not what 'egregious' means. The artist is not spelled Pissaro, and opium was legal in 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 That is not what 'egregious' means. And no excuse for the old 'criminal gang refers to itself with easily guessable reference to its public ID' at all. Dec 03, Faith rated it liked it Shelves: I admit that I am not a huge fan of the Sherlock Holmes books, and I was hoping for something more like "Magpie Murders" but this was just straight forward Sherlock Holmes.
I liked some of the period detail but the story did seem to drag on. There was a lot of intricate plotting, so if you are a Holmes lover you'll probably enjoy this more than I did. I got a little bored. Apr 07, Diane rated it really liked it Shelves: About five years ago I read all of the Sherlock Holmes stories in one summer. I listened to them on audio, performed by the marvelous Derek Jacobi.
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This experience was so rewarding that it got me completely hooked on audiobooks. I was thrilled to see he had written a new Sherlock Holmes mystery, and even better, that the audiobook was performed by Derek Jacobi. I was impressed by how About five years ago I read all of the Sherlock Holmes stories in one summer. I was impressed by how well Horowitz has recreated Holmes' world and Watson's narrative voice. The House of Silk was a delightful read, and now I'm even more excited to read Horowitz's other books. Highly recommended for fans of Victorian mysteries.
Opening Paragraph "I have often reflected upon the strange series of circumstances that led me to my long association with one of the most singular and remarkable figures of my age. If I were of a philosophical frame of mind I might wonder to what extent any one of us is in control of our own destiny, or if indeed we can ever predict the far-reaching consequences of actions, which, at the time, may seem entirely trivial.
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 Sherlock Holmes means different things to us now so an attempt to mimic his creator's style, which cannot be successful, First off: Sherlock Holmes means different things to us now so an attempt to mimic his creator's style, which cannot be successful, arguably shouldn't be the most important part of the 'first' new official Holmes novel.
Some things did matter, though. The prose is barely edited Since when did Watson call Holmes 'Sherlock'?
Anthony Horowitz's style here is inconsistent, flitting between pastiche and his own unique voice. And unfortunately, Horowitz generally writes prose for children. He is a master plotter — hence his success with conservative middlebrow television viewers — but not a master prosist. Yeah, this is totally not written for kids Horowitz is very proud of this conclusion, which he reckons allows him to explore the conditions of vice and sin in Victorian London upon which ACD was 'unable' to reflect. Was he really unable to reflect? Doyle was very involved in politics, social justice, charity, and the military.
He was regularly consulted by Scotland Yard and voiced opinions on Jack the Ripper, the laws against homosexuality, the first world war, homelessness, and even the disappearance of Agatha Christie. He did not bring these things into his Holmes stories because, far from being incapable of reflecting upon them, he deemed them inappropriate, once pointing out that 'a man passes a merry hour with a detective story' but should never under any circumstances have learnt anything after reading it!
His fiction was escapist, not provocative-for-the-sake of it, and Horowitz's reflection on child prostitution I won't say more, since I don't want to spoil the story for you doesn't quite know what it's doing in this kind of novel. On two occasions, Horowitz unconsciously paraphrases Agatha Christie, who is much more in evidence though not well-served here than is Doyle. What did I find in the back of my paperback edition?
Only an excellent essay by the author, explaining all the challenges he faced in writing 'The New Sherlock Holmes Novel'. His experience writing formulaic whodunits, he avers, is 'absolutely completely irrelevant' since 'Doyle's approach was completely different'. For one thing, he notes, Doyle did not really write about murder and rarely reflected on the historical and social conditions of Victorian London.
He sets out ten rules for writing a Holmesian pastiche that is faithful both to its predecessors and to a modern audience. These include, 'no women', 'no drugs', appropriate research, no homoeroticism, and a modest body count. If only he had stuck to any of these rules or practised anything of what he'd preached! It would have been a very different novel. Three times, Dr Watson's friendship with Holmes is compared to his marriage. Watson, Mrs Watson, and the sinister and pointlessly-inserted Professor Moriarty all note that the doctor seemingly loves and values his friend more than he does his wife.
At one point he rushes off to help Holmes escape from prison while his wife dies of cholera. I thought this was one of the most interesting aspects of a dreadfully dull novel, and surprisingly on-the-ball for Horowitz. View all 18 comments. One of the most harrowing and dangerous cases that Holmes and Watson have ever come up against! Art dealer, Edmond Carstairs, comes to Holmes and Watson for help in discovering the identity a man who has been following him. Taking the case, Holmes, pipe in hand, turns to Watson and smiles. But this wasn't the end of the case. Watson "He rushed out, leaving me alone with my misgivings.
At lunchtime he returned but did not eaty, a sure sign that he was engaged upon some stimulating line of enquiry. I had seen him so often like this before. He put me in mind of a foxhound, running upon breast-high scent, for just as an animal will devote it's entire being to one activity, so could he allow events to absorb him to the extent that even the most basic human needs — food, water, sleep — could be set aside. That is the crux of the matter and once again I am blameworthy. Vile, it seemed, like some evil animal snuffling through the darkness in search of it's prey and as we made our way forward it was as if we were delivering ourselves into it's very jaws.
You'll have to read it for yourself to understand what I mean. Horowitz deftly combines a perilous, and foreboding mystery shrouded in a spooky, historically accurate setting that made me feel completely immersed in the case and enveloped in the freezing cold and fog along side Holmes and Watson. Both of which made me shiver! It's not difficult to understand why Anthony Horowitz was chosen by the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle estate to continue writing mysteries starring the most celebrated detective in history, Sherlock Holmes, and his best friend and biographer, Dr.
My introduction to was the audiobook, Magpie Murders , which I really loved. I'm thrilled to report that this didn't disappoint in any way. As in Magpie Murders , there are some cleaver twists involved in this book and it's one of the things that I love about this talented author. I was rivited to the pages, reading it in two sittings. As usual, curiosity gets the better of me and I stop to research things that interest me. Feb 01, Chris rated it liked it Shelves: This is Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes. He is always in motion. 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?
But he is close and sometimes Doyle wasn't as good as himself. The story is a bit darker than some of the Holmes' stories, but even this is in keeping with Doyle. Horowitz takes Holmes and Watson places where Doyle couldn't because of the time period. Doyle took Holmes places that other writers wouldn't take. Horowitz also references several Holmes' stories, so it is nice to travel once again with them, where they are in character.
Holmes and Watson are called upon to solve a robbery and quickly find that there is a connection to the mysterious House of Silk. Horowitz is nice enough to let readers see other beloved characters from this series, and because this is Watson writing from his arm chair, we learn more about them. What I enjoyed most about this book was the fact that Horowitz kept the focus on Watson.