Thursday, November 1, 2012

Review: The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

Title: The House of Silk

Author: Anthony Horowitz

Publisher: Mulholland Books

Publication Date: November 2011

Genre: Adult Mystery

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Synopsis can be found here.
Audiobook from


Sherlock is back!
It seems that everywhere you turn nowadays, there's a Holmes reference. Sherlock, on the BBC, is by far one of my favorite shows at the moment. And Elementary has come out switching the Holmes and Watson relationship up a bit.
And then there's The House of Silk, which came out last year and is endorsed by the Arthur Conan Doyle estate. And it lives up beautifully.

Watson is old now, and writing his memoirs. But there is one case that he has never shared with anyone and that is the House of Silk. Reaching into his memory, Watson narrates a twisted mystery filled with wrong turns, misconceptions and dangers. Even when Holmes is in peril, and Watson isn't sure how they will get out of it, Holmes stays calm and cool, keeping his observations and theories close to the chest.

From what started as a simple robbery case, leads the pair into the darkest parts of London, to the highest pedestals of society. People don't want Holmes to know about the House of Silk, and they will do anything in their power to stop him.

A slow and well laid out mystery, I loved Horowitz's writing. I was easily transported back to that age, the sights and smells overwhelming me. When Homes was in danger, I was on the edge of my seat. And as the clues carefully began to unfold, I followed Holmes's logic too. While the ending wasn't a huge surprise as I had already begun to put the pieces together, the ride was fun. And the best part, a little cameo from a mysterious mathematician.

I listened to the audiobook which was well read, with great feeling and depth. Derek Jacobi's deep and soulful voice was excellent as Watson, bringing much life into the dear doctor.

Overall, a great Sherlock read.

Rating 7 Pretty Cool Would Recommend

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