Waiting on Wednesday: The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly event hosed by Breaking the Spine blog, where various bloggers get to showcase the novels they are eagerly anticipating! Here’s my entry for this week:

House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

Publisher: Orion

Release Date: 1/11/11

Genre: Adult Fiction

Format: Hardback

THE GAME’S AFOOT…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. Intrigued by the man’s tale, 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.

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…With devilish plotting and excellent characterisation, bestselling author Anthony Horowitz delivers a first-rate Sherlock Holmes mystery for a modern readership whilst remaining utterly true to the spirit of the original Conan Doyle books. Sherlock Holmes is back with all the nuance, pace and powers of deduction that make him the world’s greatest and most celebrated detective.

I’m a fan of the idea of Sherlock Holmes, but have never explored much more than Hounds of the Baskervilles. So, a new tale from a modern writer seems like a good jumping on point for Holmes and Watson. This has been on my radar since the disappointing Carte Blanche 007 novel earlier in the year, I’m hoping Horowitz does a better job with Holmes than Deaver did with Bond!

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