The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel by Anthony Horowitz
It is a year after the death of Sherlock Holmes when Watson again sets pen to paper to record another of his sensational investigations, a series of events so scandalous they could not be related earlier.
When Edmund Carstairs believes he and his family are being threatened by a man in a flat cap, he turns to Holmes for help. It appears that the man has followed him from America seeking revenge. The man’s murder does not solve the puzzle, but instead leads Holmes and Watson ever deeper into a dangerous London underworld of opium dens and worse with links to the most powerful and influential levels of British society. In this dark world, they hear whispers about the House of Silk. But inquiries lead to threats, and they are warned off the investigation in no uncertain terms by those in the highest levels of government. Soon Holmes finds himself in prison, accused of murder.
Die-hard Conan Doyle fans will doubtless be able to find faults where this version of Holmes does not match the original exactly. But such quibbles miss the point. The Conan Doyle estate chose well when they selected Anthony Horowitz to revisit the epic character of Sherlock Holmes. Horowitz catches the spirit of the original in a well paced, excellently written story. Once I let myself be drawn into Holmes’ world, I couldn’t put the book down.
For anyone who ever enjoyed the inscrutably clever Sherlock Holmes and his idealistic chronicler, Dr. Watson, this book is a must read! Re-enter 221B Baker Street because, once again, “The game’s afoot. . . .”
This review first appeared on the Central Rappahannock Regional Library’s Shelf Life blog on February 21, 2012.