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The House of Silk

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Enjoyable with a few quibblesHorowitz is a fine writer, imaginative and accomplished, and I fully enjoyed House of Silk as a Sherlock Holmes mystery (with a lot of Watson). I dinged the rating one star for two reasons: there is a lot of unnecessary gore here, some involving children and animals - I don't care for that; two, without giving away any of the plot, the ending is soft and unconvincing, given the amount of power the bad guys demonstrated throughout the book. I recommend it, though. 4Found myself halfway through the book fast-forwarding past these long useless detailed descriptionsBeen a fan of Sherlock Holmes novels for over 40+ years. A third of this book could have been edited out. Long in-depth descriptions of facts not related to any part of the body of the story. Found myself halfway through the book fast-forwarding past these long useless detailed descriptions, looking for the beginning of the story again. Disappointing and surprising since it was sanctioned by the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Estate. Surely Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Unique Literary Skills have not been applied or considered by his Estate in this Sanctioning. Sad!!!! 2Riveting & consistentThis was the first Anthony Horowitz Sherlock Holmes novel that I had read and it was did not disappoint. As a self-proclaimed mystery aficianado, this book has been on my to read list for sometime and now I have done it.Anthony Horowitz has succeeded at capturing all of the oddities that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle infused his original detective with but translated it smoothly into an entirely new story that fit seamlessly into the canon. The quirks of behavior, the tone of John Watson's chronicles, even the sly appearance of other characters, contribute to a captivating read that does the original character and author much credit. I highly recommend this book. 5Once Again, The Game s Afoot The misty chords of memory are awakened by the recollections of Dr. John Watson regarding a tantalizing, dark tale of intertwined mysteries reaching to the highest levels of British society.Sherlock Holmes has gone, it is late in Watson s life. But once again, he sets pen to paper to relate a heretofore-unpublished adventure. Or at least, Anthony Horowitz has uncovered their tale in his 2011 The House of Silk , a recreation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle s classic series, with blessings from the Sherlock Holmes Society.The story is an entertaining recreation of the Holmes-Watson companionship with familiar feats of deduction by Holmes, the messy and cozy Baker Street rooms, the return of the Baker Street Irregulars, foggy London streets and alleys.The author uses a plot structure Doyle employed in his longer stories: a back-story with seemingly limited relevance to the present, an intricate current story with great pace and multiple characters, and finally reconciliation with disguised identities and explanations revealed.Horowitz admirably adds seamier details about late Victorian conditions to the narrative than the original stories provided that add authenticity to the conditions at the time. He refers to street fairs and performances that ring true as described in Judith Flanders 2011 book, The Invention of Murder: How Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime (here s the link to my Amazon review of her book: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2EDCBY3ZMPP4D/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm).For me, what sets Horowitz s book apart is his characterizations and humor missing in Conan Doyle s work. For example, Watson describes Holmes returned to his old self secretive, over-confident and thoroughly annoying. Mycroft Holmes as capricious as he was corpulent flitting like some oversized shadow through the corridors of power. Chief Detective Lestrade as the words rat-faced and ferret-like spring to mind. And even spoofs himself: it was as if two of my narratives had somehow got muddled together so the characters from one were unexpectedly appearing in the other. Personally, I prefer Horowitz s more recent 2017 work, Magpie Murders , with a similar dual plot set in a blend of Agatha Christie-like Cotswold town with contemporary London and the crime fiction publishing world (here s the link to Amazon review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2EDCBY3ZMPP4D/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm).All in all, The House of Silk is suitably entertaining and won t disappoint. 4Complex mysteryThis was very enjoyable and I thought the characters mostly did the originals justice but I took issues with two things.*SPOILER*First, Holmes' escape from prison by disguising himself as someone else with just the aid of a wig and different clothes. I understand that it was supposed to be a testament to his ability to put on a completely different persona but I found it unbelievable that no one would have recognized him without at least some makeup on. Holmes' may be a remarkable character capable of great feats but he can not change the features and structure of his face just through acting.Secondly was Moriarty's attempt to help break Holmes' out of prison by giving Watson the key to his cell door. Once Watson got into the prison, it was clear that this plan never would have worked since there were more gates and doors to get passed than the one key would open. I find it difficult to believe that a mastermind like Moriarty would make such an ignorant mistake. The whole thing felt contrived just to feature Moriarty.*/SPOILER*However, I can't fault it too much - it was a very well written and complex story that kept me guessing while at the same time, I was pleased to discover at least one of my theories turned out to be right. I felt the writing was definitely in keeping with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's style, which is not surprising since it's been endorsed by the Conan Doyle Estate.This was my first book by this author and I thought it might be worth mentioning that this is an ADULT book. It seems the author's previous work was mostly in the young adult/children genre so please don't assume that this is also young adult just because it's the same author. 4far exceeded my expectationsThe game is afoot!-and not just a re-imagining or a faithful pastiche of the Holmes canon, but a remarkable channeling of Conan Doyle. the "voice" is spot on.The story seems to have 2 or 3 unrelated plots running simultaneously but of course they are all interrelated and waiting for Holmes to string them together. this story is much darker than any Holmes story I've ever read. there is a real sense of danger and menace lurking down every fog-filled alley and cobblestone street. the only complaint is a minor one: the story chronicled by Watson is peppered with his running commentary of social ills that plague the era. all fine mind you,except I don't ever remember this reflective side of Watson and only serves to sometimes pull me out of the story. minor quibbles aside, this far exceeded my expectations and is worthy of Conan Doyle himself 4Mr. Horowitz has done it again!Mr. Horowitz has done it again. I've been a fan of Foyle's War and Midsomer Murders for years and a serious student of "The Canon" of Sir Arthur for even more years. So I was very interested in seeing how Mr. Horowitz would approach a Holmesian pastiche. And, not surprisingly, it was done well with appropriate references to events, persons and places detailed in "The Canon."The House of Silk was a pleasure to read and was able to remain fresh and interesting in its own while maintaining the connection to Conan-Doyle's creation. My respect for Mr. Horowitz' work is reinforced once again. 5I haven't given up on it because I do love Sherlock Holmes and DrHouse of Silk takes to much time trying to imitate Sir Arthur's writing style, as if the author is trying to put every idiosyncrasy from a multitude of stories in to this one story. This slows the pace of the book. On top of that, Horowitz' Dr. Watson, gives 21st century attitudes and commentary on the 19th century London. Sir Arthur just told the story, without political correctness clogging up the tale. Thus, although the story can be interesting, it takes to long to get going and doesn't keep momentum. I usually finish a book within a few hours, or a few days, depending on how well written or exciting the book is. I've been reading this one for a couple of months, coming back to it between other books. I haven't given up on it because I do love Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson adventures and there is enough in this book to pay homage to the Baker Street duo but I wish it was a more compelling read. 3It's a Holmes book but it isn't exactly Holmes book...It's a nice enough book and it tries to recapture the style of Arthur Conan Doyle but it is not exactly there. If I was able to split the stars it would have been 3.5 but pressed to pick, I would say 3 rather than 4 because it is really nothing special - neither the Holmes is standard Holmes nor the style is standard style and it is my understanding that the primary task was to emulate Doyle's writing. Also, the plot has one twist too many...However, if you can "live with" not so great emulation of originals it is really nice enough book. I recommend taking it as a "vacation book" 3A VERY enjoyable read!I JUST finished reading The House of Silk, & even though I don t write reviews very often, felt I really wanted to do so in this case. This is a GREAT book! Not just an ok book, or even a good book, but really a GREAT, WONDERFUL book! I don t believe in giving away the plot, or warning about spoiler alert, but I will say that the plot moves very quickly, & keeps your interest from the beginning. I suppose you have to be expecting a Sherlock Holmes mystery, as there is a certain style, which is unique (or, I should say, almost unique, because I think Mr. Horowitz has duplicated Sir Conan Doyal as much as could be done,) & if you don t like that, the kind of language used, the historic setting, etc., then it may not be enjoyable for you. The House of Silk is intellectually challenging, in a way. It s got many unexpected twists & turns. There is a dark side to it, which may upset some of a sensitive nature. I didn t like that part, but accepted it as part of what made the book what it was. 5
The House of Silk

The House of Silk

4.4
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