The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
Published by Mulholland Books, an imprint of Hachette
For the first time ever, Arthur Conan Doyle’s Estate has authorized a new Sherlock Holmes novel and chose author Anthony Horowitz to write The House of Silk.
When Edmund Carstairs approaches Sherlock Holmes with his story of intimidation and robbery, it seems like nothing more than a bit of a challenge for the brilliant detective. An unexpected murder throws a wrench into the works, however, and leads to the disappearance of Rpss, one of the young boys in Holmes’s Baker Street Irregulars. Almost before they know what is happening, Holmes and Watson find themselves on the trail of an insidious and well-connected organization called The House of Silk, an organization that is willing to protect their secrets at any cost.
The House of Silk is a good continuation of Conan Doyle’s reluctant legacy;* Holmes and Watson are much as they have always been, Watson a bit of a dolt – even when he thinks he is being clever – and Holmes clever beyond belief. Horowitz’s special Sherlockian flourishes will keep fans reading intently. Of particular interest are Sherlock’s escape from his captors and the subtly placed appearance of a character who is particularly well-known to Holmes’s fans.
The story Horowitz tells is interesting partly for its layers; I found that, by the middle of the book, I had become so involved in the mystery of Ross and the House of Silk that I had all but forgotten about Carstairs and the murder that set everything in place. That being said, the actual reveal of what happened in the House of Silk seemed rush, over-explained, and not particularly thrilling. This slight disappointment with the climax is not enough to negate the overall enjoyment of the book, however.
Fans of Sherlock Holmes should be very pleased with this new release. Recommended.
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