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Publisher's Summary

Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but best-selling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life. With access to the estate's archives and careful study of the original stories, Horowitz is sure to weave a tale that satisfies new fans as well as the most dedicated Baker Street Irregular.

©2011 Anthony Horowitz (P)2011 Hachette

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Worthy and entertaining story.

I took to 'House of Silk' with great eagerness. Horowitz is a good writer and he captures the essence of Holmes and Watson quite well.
The performance is top notch and makes up for some of the story's mild shortcomings.

While I felt guided through a series of events through London in the late 19th century, I felt the story offered little chance for the reader/listener to deduce anything on their own. What clues that Horowitz does leave are obvious and offer no red herrings.

We're left with the last minute revelations of wires to Dublin, Belfast and Boston to have Holmes magically come to the conclusion giving the listener no opportunity to work it out them selves.

That said, I did enjoy this story and do recommend it to those who enjoy Holmes.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Steve
  • Bledsoe, TX, United States
  • 11-08-11

Well written, excellent performance!

As a Sherlock Holmes fan for almost a half century, I have to say that this is as good as any story Conan Doyle told -- BRAVO!!

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Elias
  • Monrovia, CA, United States
  • 11-24-11

Silk not too smooth

The story telling was well done. Somewhat lacking in intrigue. The members of the house did not create any feeling that our hero was facing a formidable foe. A Moriarty with scruples? The whole portion on Moriarty should have been edited out.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • Bartonville, TX
  • 09-01-15

Sherlock?...

3.5 stars. Not bad but it missed the oomph for me that is so prevalent in Sir ACD's work. Parts were over verbalized and I found my mind wondering, but it did not matter much because it was usually not relevant to the story. About half way through I figured out where the story was going and for me the endless mystery of Sherlock Holm's is what made his adventures such a good ride. The narrator did a good job but it could have been better with more destinct voices.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not the Sherlock You Love

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who enjoys whining, stupid, vapid characters.

What was most disappointing about Anthony Horowitz’s story?

Watson was much more oblivious than in the Conan Doyle stories. Holmes did not have the depth in those stories also. He changed quite a number of given facts such as Watson's injury. Somehow the bullet in his limb (Victorian speak for leg) migrated to his shoulder. Watson somehow ended up with grandchildren even though his wife died early in the story of typhoid.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I think he did a much better job on the Cadfiel series, he seemed to have more voices then.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Only OK

The work is well performed, but it's not a faithful representation of Watson's narrative voice. The author spends too much time and focus trying to explain Sherlock and Watson's friendship, a common trap of modern Sherlock storytelling. There are too many inside references to other stories to believe this story is written for new fans so this creates an unnecessary drag on the narrative.

Adding to that, there were several continuity errors, anachronisms, and errors when referencing back to other Sherlock adventures. These served to take me out of the story in some otherwise tense or absorbing moments.

It's a decent story, but it wasn't as good as I was hoping. All that being said - the performer did a great job.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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nothing like the original stories

For a guy who calls himself an expert its nothing like what the creator would have written. he would not have had Watson speak about himself that way or gone off rambling.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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solid, but not transcendent

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

i've been on a pastiche/sequel kick, so obviously i was excited about the first new holmes adventure authorized by the conan-doyle estate, especially as penned by a british tv writer/producer veteran. possibly my vague dissatisfaction stems from overly developed expectations; derek jacobi was OF COURSE wonderful, the prose feels strongly authentic to the canon, and the story is involving. i did guess the "big twist" at the very beginning, however, so the revelation at the end was a little anti-climactic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Disturbing Holmesian Tale

Where does The House of Silk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would put it in the top 10 percent

What other book might you compare The House of Silk to and why?

It is akin to "The Last Werewolf" but better. It might compare in some little sense to the Hannibal Lector tales

What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

He captured the patois of the period, his voice as Watson telling the story years after the fact sounded old. And that was well done!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Holmes most disturbing case"

Any additional comments?

Though I figured out who the House of Silk was fairly early, they actual execution of the tale was surprising. Icky, oleaginous villans throughout. I hope he writes some more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • bracken
  • mocksville, nc, United States
  • 02-23-14

I loved this book.

Why are there not more!? I'm a devout Sherlock Holmes fan and I must say that this is an excellent book. Well written, well narrated. I really wish there were more like this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful