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The House of Silk

The House of Silk

Horowitz, Anthony, 1955-

It is November 1890 and London is gripped by a merciless winter. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are enjoying tea by the fire when an agitated gentleman arrives unannounced at 221B Baker Street. He begs Holmes for help, telling the unnerving story of a scar-faced man with piercing eyes who has stalked him in recent weeks

Hardback, Book. English. Crime. Detective and mystery stories.
Published London: Orion, 2011

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Statement of responsibility: Anthony Horowitz
ISBN: 1409133826, 1409133842, 9781409133827, 9781409133841
Physical Description: 294 p. ; 24 cm.
Subject: Holmes, Sherlock (Fictitious character) Fiction.; Watson, John H. (Fictitious character) Fiction.

Author note

Anthony Horowitz may have committed more (fictional) murders than any other living author. As a TV screenwriter he created both MIDSOMER MURDERS and the BAFTA-winning FOYLE'S WAR. Other TV work includes POIROT and the widely acclaimed mini-series COLLISION and INJUSTICE. He is also the author of a string of bestselling children's books, including the Alex Rider series which has sold 13 million copies worldwide. He has often claimed Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to be an inspiration for his work ever since encountering the Holmes canon, aged sixteen. He currently lives in Clerkenwell.

Reviews

Horowitz has captured Holmes Heaven
THE TIMES||Horowitz plays a perfectly straight bat. This is a no-shit Sherlock
THE GUARDIAN||For fans of the original tales, the game is afoot once more!
THE BOOKSELLER||A lifelong Sherlock Holmes fan, Anthony Horowitz is the perfect choice to pen the first new official mystery and what a triumph it is. While retaining faithfully the style of the originals, Horowitz's lively prose makes this exciting story just right for a new generation of fans
THE BOOKSELLER||Orion has pulled a winner out of the bag by inviting Anthony Horowitz to pen a Sherlock Holmes novel. It has the feel of a Conan Doyle tale and only the jealous will fault this superb thriller
THE BOOKSELLER||Bravo, then, Mr Horowitz. Let us hope that the famous dispatch box contains many more cases for him to unearth
FINANCIAL TIMES||SHOTS||Brimming with informed enthusiasm, this skillfully crafted homage to Conan Doyle is so enjoyable that you're sorry when it fades away to the strains of Holmes playing his Stradivarius
SUNDAY TIMES||an exciting, well-crafted novel
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH||Horowitz infuses the novel with a superb eye for the detail of Victorian London but also a touching sense of melancholy, the book functioning as a subtle final coda to Holmes's adventures. Crucially, it also has a cracking plot and is a labyrinthine but eminently lucid page-turner. It is ultimately a homage and you wouldn't want Horowitz to start churning Holmes novels out but as a stand-alone this is very satisfying
METRO||It's immediately clear how he got the full endorsement of the Conan Doyle estate. Horowitz's grasp of the creator's prose style and intricate plotting, coupled with his understanding of the dynamic between Holmes and Watson, is extraordinary
DAILY MIRROR - 4-star review||Looks set to entertain Holmes traditionalists and Sherlock newcomers alike. November 1890 is the time, 221B Baker Street the place, and Holmes and his faithful companion Dr Watson receive an unannounced visit from an agitated gentleman. Let the fun - and there is plenty of it - begin
SPORT||Giving none of the twists away, this is one for Holmesians who aren't sated by the new film and series
WE LOVE THIS BOOK||Sherlock Holmes has popped his clogs (and so has Conan Doyle for that matter), but that doesn't mean there's not a hauntingly good new Sherlocky story to be told. This reworking gives old Dr Watson a chance to tell his side. Finally!
THE SUN||SUNDAY TIMES||compulsive Conan Doyle tribute
WOMAN & HOME||Yet another Sherlock Holmes imitiation? The field is crowded but with one bound Horowitz - well known for his children's books and TV scripts - takes the lead, with his perfect mimicry of Conan Doyle's style and Dr Watson's tone of voice. There is a suitably baffling mystery and the great detective is on top form. It's very good; dare I say as good as the original?
LITERARY REVIEW||this deliciously aromatic three-pipe problem
DAILY EXPRESS||The story speeds along like a hard-driven phaeton
THE SCOTSMAN||Derek Jacobi reads Dr Watson's last story, said to have been hidden in the vaults of a London solicitor for a century because of the scandal within. Horowitz takes Holmes deeper into the capital's dark underbelly than Conan Doyle ever did
THE TIMES||It'll keep you guessing until the very end
SHORTLIST||It's a pacy read that delights in the world Arthur Conan Doyle created while adding a little something extra
WORD||Horowitz stays true not only to the Victorian turn of phrase, but embeds the story within the context of Conan Doyle's other tales - offering up plenty of knowing nods to Holmes aficionados, while luring in the novices too
PSYCHOLOGIES||Impressive
DAILY MAIL||Sherlock Holmes if framed for murder by a dastardly secret society in Horowitz's inventive yarn, the first sequel ever to be endorsed by the Conan Doyle estate
DAILY TELEGRAPH||Perfectly paced, entirely unpredictable, edge-of-seat exciting and a total joy from start to finish. The more of it I read, the more I looked forward to basking in Holmes's deductive brilliance at the end: the solutions that are obvious once you know them but completely unguessable until you do. I am happy to report that all the required ingredients had been added; neither Holmes nor Horowitz let me down
SUNDAY EXPRESS||It seems improbable, if not impossible, but it's true! Holmes is back at his best
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY||'Fans of Sherlock Holmes rejoice, for the game is afoot again' 5-stars
TIME OUT||a thoroughly first-rate job
THE SPECTATOR||He has added a truly diverting entry to the canon.
THE INDEPENDENT||SUNDAY TIMES Christmas Books||But this review is no murder mystery, so I needn't keep you in suspense as to the end result, the final summation, any longer: with no further ado, then - none at all, no sir -The House of Silkis, in short...terrific
TOR.COM||This is a brilliant novel, made all the more welcome by the fact that Horowitz has stepped into the shoes of an acclaimed and beloved author and has taken time and effort to ensure this novel can stand proud next to the works of Conan Doyle
REVIEWING THE EVIDENCE.COM||A definite success
BIG ISSUE||Anthony Horowitz takes the mantle from Arthur Conan Doyle with grace. The tone is appropriate, without sounding too Victorian. Let's hope Mr Horowitz brings to light other unknown cases solved by Holmes (aided by Dr Watson, of course).
CRIME TIME||As teenagers really enjoy the original Holmes stories, I think they'll go for this too. Ingeniously, it adds an element missing in Conan Doyle: social comment'
MAIL ON SUNDAY||This is an excellent and highly recommended addition to the Holmes cannon
THE WORD||Sherlock Holmes fans have been well served by Anthony Horowitz's new adventure, The House of Silk, in which Holmes sets down an early case too shocking to be published in his lifetime
THE GUARDIAN||Horowitz, commissioned by the Conan Doyle estate, provides pitch-perfect atmosphere in a novel that's both a tribute to Holmes' creator and a grace note, with a politically damning conundrum at its heart
FINANCIAL TIMES||Within seconds of being invited by the Conan Doyle estate to write a new Sherlock Holmes novel. Anthony Horowitz was off the starting-blocks, piecing together a plot as involved and involving as the best of the originals.
INTELLIGENT LIFE||Anthony Horowitz's new Sherlock Holmes novel The House of Silk is superb - indeed, I would say it is better than any of Conan Doyle's own Holmes novels, which always feel padded out in comparison with the gripping short stories.
DAILY TELEGRAPH||As to whether he should write another; well, the man with the pipe would nod approvingly.
RTE GUIDE||I really, really enjoyed The House of Silk, it drew me in. I loved spending time with Holmes and Watson again and was gripped and tricked along the way. I just loved the adventure of it all. It doesn't try to take Holmes anywhere new that the loyal fans will be unhappy with, nor does it become a pastiche of a Holmes novel. I knew it wasn't Conan Doyle but I knew I was in safe hands.
SAVIDGE READS||As you'd expect from the creator of Foyle's War and Midsomer Murders, the narrative is exciting and the mystery baffling. Actually, that should be 'mysteries'. Mr Horowitz presents us with one puzzle, then introduces a quite different one, and cleverly leads us through the labyrinth until, with a flourish of his magician's staff, he reveals the devilish connection between them.
THE DISTRICT MESSENGER Newsletter of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London||Another adult novel suitable for this cohort is Anthony Horowitz's The House of Silk. A Sherlock Holmes tale, narrated by Watson but considered too shocking for publication in the good doctor's own time, it is a tight atmospheric thriller of dismal foggy London.
IRISH INDEPENDENT||I approached this novel with some trepidation. This new adventure, approved by the Conan Doyle estate, seems to have stemmed from the same idea that led to Jeffrey Deaver's James Bond reinvention Carte Blanche, a novel so diabolically dull that it seemed to suck all the joy out of me like some kind of papery black hole - of antijoy. If such things exist. Does The House of Silk disappoint? It does not, not for one page.
THE DIOGENES CLUB||In his acknowledgements Horowitz says writing the books was a "joy" and hopes he's done justice to Conan Doyle's creation. He certainly has.
DAILY EXPRESS||It's all very satisfying for a Holmes fan, not least because Horowitz captures Conan Doyle's style perfectly, right down to Watson's habit of referring to his friend by his full name when singing his praises.
IRISH TIMES||With such a daunting legacy to live up to, surely only a very bold person would take on the first "official" Sherlock Holmes novel since the author's death in 1930. Fortunately, Anthony Horowitz is that person andThe House of Silkis a worthy addition to the canon.
TIME LITERARY SUPPLEMENT||Brilliantly capturing the spirit and tone of Doyle's original stories while devising a new ystery for modern readers is no mean feat, but Horowitz has risen to the challenge with absolute aplomb
GOOD BOOK GUIDE||Anthony Horowitz has paid homage to Doyle's creation in the best way possible, by writing a mystery true to Holmes. Reading his book was an absolute delight. Rating: A+
DEADLY PLEASURES||Here is a real treat for all fans of Sherlock Holmes: a new Holmes novel by skilled writer Anthony Horowitz
IRISH CATHOLIC||The writing flows like an original Sherlock Holmes tale, and the logic and analysis reflect the virtuosity and great mind of the singular detective. Too often attempts to recreate classics fail or end up being something else. Such is not the case with this novel, and it is recommended.
CRIMESPREE||It has everything a Holmes novel should - humour, intrigue and a mind-boggling reveal that is so wonderfully intricate, you feel both awe-inspired and frustrated for missing the clues
HAMPSHIRE SOCIETY MAGAZINE||The writer is in cracking form with this welcome tribute to Holmes
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