Review: The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel by Anthony Horowitz

Summary (from Goodreads):

For the first time in its one-hundred-and-twenty-five-year history, the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate has authorized a new Sherlock Holmes novel.

Once again, THE GAME’S AFOOT…

London, 1890. 221B Baker St. A fine art dealer named Edmund Carstairs visits Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson to beg for their help. He is being menaced by a strange man in a flat cap – a wanted criminal who seems to have followed him all the way from America. In the days that follow, his home is robbed, his family is threatened. And then the first murder takes place.

Almost unwillingly, Holmes and Watson find themselves being drawn ever deeper into an international conspiracy connected to the teeming criminal underworld of Boston, the gaslit streets of London, opium dens and much, much more. And as they dig, they begin to hear the whispered phrase-the House of Silk-a mysterious entity that connects the highest levels of government to the deepest depths of criminality. Holmes begins to fear that he has uncovered a conspiracy that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of society.

The Arthur Conan Doyle Estate chose the celebrated, #1 New York Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz to write The House of Silk because of his proven ability to tell a transfixing story and for his passion for all things Holmes. Destined to become an instant classic, The House of Silk brings Sherlock Holmes back with all the nuance, pacing, and almost superhuman powers of analysis and deduction that made him the world’s greatest detective, in a case depicting events too shocking, too monstrous to ever appear in print…until now.


This is the novel that Watson should have written. Anthony Horowitz’s writing, story-telling, and characterization does more than enough justice to Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous characters, and his style of story-telling.

A wonderful story with twists and turns that I did not see coming, with characters that are fully developed (the primary and the secondary ones), and in the language and style of Doyle –  so much so, that Holmes himself would be the only one able to see the deficiencies in style (if there are any) – that  it was utterly un-put-down-able (not an actual phrase).

Truly a magnificent read and a dark, but enjoyable, mystery. I recommend this highly to everyone, and this is (goes without saying) a must for all Sherlock Holmes fans.


2 thoughts on “Review: The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel by Anthony Horowitz

  1. I love the utterly un-put-down-able bit to the book. I know exactly what that means. I have now added this to my never ending list and as a Holmes fan, you know I’ll be after this very quickly 🙂


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