Thursday, October 11, 2012

The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz ****

If you've always felt that the world needed another Sherlock Holmes story, The House of Silk is the book for you. With the blessings of Conan Doyle's estate, Anthony Horowitz has channeled a new Sherlock Holmes novel. Here you will find the baffled Doctor Watson asking all the questions and musing about the possible answers, only to have the brilliant Sherlock Holmes explaining with observation and logic how none of the good Doctor Watson's theories are correct.

The are also ample example of Sherlock Holmes deducing some one's history from observations of mannerisms and dress. If anything detracts from the novel, it is this familiarity and deja vu, only broken up occasionally by Watson's self-conscious recognition of himself as a parody of himself.

Unless, you really love Sherlock Homes, this one can be skipped. Of course, if the opposite is true, this is the book for you.

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