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The House of Silk

por Anthony Horowitz

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It is 1890. A year after Holmes's death, Watson--now in a retirement home--narrates a tale of Sherlockian detection that could tear apart the very fabric of society. The story opens with a train robbery in Boston, and moves to the innocuous setting of Wimbledon.
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Very good :) sometimes the descriptions got on my nerves. liked the concept thou! ( )
  lmauro123 | Dec 28, 2023 |
Very good :) sometimes the descriptions got on my nerves. liked the concept thou! ( )
  lmauro123 | Dec 28, 2023 |
I had no idea that the Conan Doyle Estate had authorised a new Sherlock Holmes novel, and that it happened quite some time ago...! It made me very happy when I found out, though :)))
I am really impressed by how Anthony Horowitz re-created the spirit, the atmosphere, the characters of the original. It was beautifully done. House of Silk is also en engrossing read that feels like a gourmet meal for all the Holmes fans. This is despite the fact that this is a much darker tale than any found in the stories by Conan Doyle.
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  Alexandra_book_life | Dec 15, 2023 |
I liked it. Sherlock Holmes investigates the suspicious death of an American gang leader who is stalking a London art dealer. His investigation leads him to the mysterious House of Silk and pits him against a conspiracy that almost costs him his life.
It is a well-plotted crime story and told in a style that matches the way Conan Doyle would have done it. Dr. Watson does a good job as narrator, while revealing some of his own life story while also playing the role as Holmes' deputy. It's told against the background of Victorian England with its foibles and unique lifestyle when Britain really ruled the world. The story-telling moves at a brisk pace and there's an exciting conclusion as the bad guys get their just desserts. Holmes wraps up the loose ends with a satisfying (and surprising) ending.
All in all, an excellent read. ( )
  BrianEWilliams | Nov 6, 2023 |
The preface explains that Dr. Watson couldn't write this book at the time of the events in it. It was well done, but the solution of the mystery was disturbing, so not the warm cozy I was hoping for. Life in Victorian times was difficult for the poor. ( )
  raizel | Aug 9, 2023 |
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So, all of the elements are there: the data, the data, the data. Nothing of consequence overlooked. And yet can Horowitz, like Holmes, make from these drops of water the possibilities of an Atlantic or a Niagara? Can he astonish us? Can he thrill us? Are there "the rapid deductions, as swift as intuitions, and yet always founded on a logical basis" that we yearn for?

Emphatically, yes. The characters are, as Conan Doyle himself would have them, as close to cliché as good writing allows. Horowitz's Watson cleverly excuses himself right at the start from any complaints about style or content by reminding us of Holmes's oft-stated judgment of the stories: "He accused me more than once of vulgar romanticism, and thought me no better than any Grub Street scribbler." We must take them on their own terms, then: Mr Carstairs, the troubled dealer in fine art, who is being watched by a mysterious stranger in a flat cap with a "livid scar on his right cheek". Carstairs's wife, the mysterious foreign adventuress. Cornelius Stillman, the bumptious American millionaire. The dastardly Boston Irish gang, led by the ruthless O'Donaghue twins. The madwoman in the attic. The creepy reverend who runs a home for boys. The big set-pieces: the train robbery; the escape from prison; the freak show; the high-speed horse-drawn carriage chase.

Dorothy L Sayers understood the rules of the Holmesian game when she remarked that "it must be played as solemnly as a county cricket match at Lord's: the slightest touch of extravagance or burlesque ruins the atmosphere". Horowitz plays a perfectly straight bat. This is a no-shit Sherlock.
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