The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

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The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

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The “repetitive, robotic and melancholy vocals” to her "symbolize the relentlessness with which the internet now dictates our lives…our thoughts are watered down to a common denominator of hashtags, selfies and internet-speak acronyms. The nature of the investigation is so horrific that it was recorded by Watson at the time, but is only revealed a century after the death of his esteemed friend Sherlock Holmes. To them I bequeath one last portrait of Mr Sherlock Holmes, and a perspective that has not been seen before.

He’s actually less disdainful towards Watson and the police in The House of Silk, where authenticity ends up lost to make him a kinder, gentler Holmes, and nobody asked for that. If you enjoy this sort of fiction, you likely have a favorite detective character; I’m a Hercule Poirot fan, and never enjoy the Miss Marple stories as much because she’s just not as interesting to me. I think AH has managed to do an excellent job of telling this story in a fashion that manages to conjure up the style of Arthur Conan Doyle.There were eleven more books in the series - the latest, Never Say Die, was published in 2017 - and they are now being developed for TV.

Well, in my opinion Horowitz does that and more, he invisibly keeps the fun factor in Sherlock, keeping us quietly smiling all the way through.Carstairs immediately left to Boston to meet Stillman, and convinced him to hire a Pinkerton detective named Bill McParland to track down the criminals. As the pair delve deeper into the case, they stumble across a whispered phrase 'the House of Silk': a mysterious entity and foe more deadly than any Holmes has encountered, and a conspiracy that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of society itself. The year is 1890, the case begins with the familiar surroundings of 221B, Baker Street, with Sherlock enjoying, “a large plate of scones with violet honey and cream, along with a pound cake and tea,” all very familiar and nice, but in stark contrast with a crime of such gruesomeness, as you will see, if you read the novel. Stillman was shot a week later, presumably by O'Donaghue, and Carstairs believes that he has now followed him to England to complete his vengeance for the death of his twin. This began with two Sherlock Holmes continuation novels, The House of Silk and Moriarty, followed by my entry into the world of James Bond with Trigger Mortis.

Miss Carstairs then takes seriously ill, lying at death’s door, while Holmes and Watson are distracted by the torture and murder of a boy around whose wrist a clean length of white silk ribbon is left as a message. Intrigued, Holmes and Watson find themselves swiftly drawn into a series of puzzling and sinister events, stretching from the gas-lit streets of London to the teeming criminal underworld of Boston and the mysterious ‘House of Silk’ .Pitch-perfect characterisation combined with a complex and involving plot leave the reader in no doubt that Holmes – and the spirit of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – are alive and well in the form of Anthony Horowitz. I won’t get started on the evil albino issue in the interests of brevity; suffice to say that the evil albino was a caricature with similarities to Voldemort (sigh). Sherlock Holmes is back with all the nuance, pace and powers of deduction that make him the world's greatest and most celebrated detective. We see Sherlock once again wield is uncanny intellect whilst Watson bumbles along being totally flummoxed by it all in his wake and we get a good old fashioned dramatic ending full of tension and danger and revolver wielding arch criminals.

Watson mentions that he has had two marriages, three children and seven grandchildren, yet it’s clear that the most important relationship of his life was that with Holmes. Those of you who have read/listened to Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes books will take pleasure in the allusions to characters from the original series that are grafted into this homage to a master of detective fiction. For example, Inspector Lestrade was introduced, described in terms of the original character and, at the same time, re-interpreted in a much kinder light for the purpose of this novel. Reverend Fitzsimmons tells them that Ross had run away the previous summer, and had only been their pupil for a few months. After cutting my teeth on the hugely popular show, Robin of Sherwood, I moved on to work with David Suchet and his brilliant portrayal of Hercule Poirot, writing about nine or ten episodes of Agatha Christie's Poirot.

Miss Carstairs was poisoned using bath salts and continued to deteriorate when she was so ill she was being sponge-bathed by the servants. When Dr John Watson’s wife takes a break to spend some time with a previous employer – and now good friend – outside London, he decides to move in with his old friend Sherlock Holmes for the duration.

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