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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.
©2011 Anthony Horowitz (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Ltd

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  • Ed & Jo
  • 12-01-17

Great story equalled by the performance

Anthony Horowitz is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. He has managed to stay true to the world of Conan Doyle whilst introducing elements and themes that one would never see in the originals. I feel that this works very well and therefore this is much more than just an homage. The performance by Derek Jacobi is every bit as good as one would presume it to be.

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  • MISS A MURTON
  • 11-30-17

Tedious

I couldn't finish it. Such a disappointment after the rest of Horowitz's books, which I love.

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  • mary
  • 11-20-17

abysmal

I hated this book. I love Derek Jacobi and begire this book, I would have said I could happily listen to him reading anything, but even his gentle, mellow and warmvoice could not give life to this wooden and contrived novel
Contrived. Some would argue that all of the Holmes storues are contrived but their beauty lies in the impossibility of solution when first presented, which is balanced by tge inherent simplicity of the solution by the end.

I know every Holmes story and felt tgat the characterusation of Holmes and Watson deeply lacked authenticity abd did not remain true to character.

This plot was just jerky and opaque. I have worked with children who have bedn abused and expliited so maybe Im particularly sickened by novelists further exploiting them as a theme that is topucal and will bring in the readers ans tge money, which is what was hapoening here . An altogether hateful book.

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  • Neels
  • 11-17-17

Excellently written and performed.

Remarkable story from an outstanding author capturing the very sense and feel of the original series with a outstanding demonstration of the fluency of the English Language. Brilliantly narrated.

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  • Gary
  • 11-16-17

Brilliant

Excellent story. Faithful to Arthur Conan Doyle’s style. If you like Sherlock Holmes you will love this. I have already started Moriarty and it is turning out to be just as good.

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  • emily pilkingoton
  • 11-13-17

Excellent

This is a great story and captures the essence of the original Holmes. It is an excellent listen

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  • liz Noakes
  • 11-03-17

Wow

Was slightly dubious at first as to whether Anthony Horowitz could do a sherlock Holmes mystery and the verdict is yes. Well done just as though it was written by Conan Doyle himself

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  • MR WBC GOLDSBROUGH
  • 10-14-17

wonderful book

A really super read, with all the elements of a really good Sherlock Holmes story. Excellently written and perfectly judged. I really liked some lovely moments of humour. the narration by Derek Jacobi was also superb - very much Rathbone and Co.

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  • mitchell bell
  • 10-06-17

very well done, very well narratored

If you like Sherlock or any whodunnits you will, without doubt, enjoy The House Of Silk

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  • David
  • 09-29-17

a good read

well narrated and easy listening it captured the spirit of Holmes / Watson and the period.
Not overly complicated plot