The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

The first Sherlock Holmes novel commissioned and authorized by the Conan Doyle Estate is written by none other than Anthony Horowitz, a household name in teen lit, thanks to his Alex Rider series.  (Incidentally, you should go read his earlier works for the younger crowd. They're shockingly funny. Still can't get over Groosham Grange)

After watching the second Sherlock Holmes movie, which I find as entertaining as the first, I was inspired to pick up The House of Silk. An art dealer has asked Holmes for help. He fears that his life is in danger because he has accidentally crossed paths with the Flat Cap gang while in Boston, and now, a year later, someone in a flat cap has been stalking him. This menacing stalker is believed to be the only survivor in the gang and he's here to finish him off. In trying to solve this case, Holmes employs a few street urchins and one of them ends up being brutally murdered. From then on, it becomes personal for Holmes, but he and Watson are about to get too close to a dark and dangerous secret, and more than a few people are not too happy about that.

A good mystery is always fun to read. Fans of the genre or of Sherlock Holmes will be not be disappointed with the intriguing plot Horowitz has created. The voice of Watson is very comforting throughout the whole book. He watches Holmes' signature deduction like all of us, constantly amazed at his brilliance, and his good humour and optimism. This is a good adult novel to introduce to teens already familiar with Horowitz, and it may inspire them to go read some of the originals.
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  1. Netherland said...:

    In House of Silk, the game is afoot in so many ways that it makes your head spin. On one hand, the mystery of a gang leader stalking a wronged antique's dealer, and on the other, a secret agency with deadly intentions. There's as much mystery, intrigue, deductions, danger, Watson getting whacked about, and dastardly criminals to keep even the most ADHD reader such as myself completely involved and madly turning pages to figure everything out. But the great thing is that I was never confused. Even though House of Silk has so many seperate elements and mysteries, I never had a headache trying to figure out what I'd just read.

    The book starts out slow, that's my only complaint. And I sighed when I saw that chapter one is just one long deduction. But...once I started to read Carastair's mysterious narrative I was sucked in.

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