Friday, 2 March 2012

The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz is the first new Holmes novel endorsed by the Conan Doyle Estate. A Sherlock Holmes case hidden in Watson's vault for a century is brought to light in this book. Edmund Carstairs an art dealer approaches Holmes about a man in a 'flat cap' who is watching him. He also narrates an adventure in America while delivering a painting and 'flat cap' gang's association with the trip. There is a break-in at his house and a special piece of jewellery is stolen.

Holmes employs Baker Street 'Irregulars' -street boys- to track the flat cap man with fatal consequences to Ross, one of the boys. Filled with remorse Holmes takes on the case to solve the murder of Ross. What starts as the case of the flat cap man turns into the quest for 'the House of Silk'. Who is the Flat cap man? Why is he watching Carstairs' home? Who killed Ross and why? What is the House of Silk? What is so sinister about this house that Holmes is warned not to get involved in this?

It is a great thriller. I didn't see any of it coming. There were many twists and turns. It is a great read.

Holmes is more human and less observant in this book but he is the world's greatest detective. I would definitely love to read other books by Horowitz, Holmes or otherwise.

I borrowed this book from my local library and this counts towards various challenge.

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