I approach Sherlock Holmes pastiches with a great deal of trepidation. Being a lover of the original cannon, I have read too many lousy mimics. In fact, I had quit reading them until I came across this work authorized by the Conan Doyle estate. I decided to dip my toe into the stream one more time.
Horowitz does a fantastic job of setting the mood and keeping his prose very in keeping with the original characters. To the extent I detected any differences it was to accentuate the close relationship between Holmes and Watson. The writing, mood setting, cleverness of Holmes, and steadfastness of Watson are completely solid and in keeping with the original.
And a dastardly band of miscreants did Horowitz create here. For even Holmes was thrown just a bit aback by the nefarious crimes he was soon to uncover that reached the highest levels of society. A nasty piece of work did he have to contend with here. And it took every bit of his cunning to do so.
Should I go into the plot? It’s a complex one but suffice it to say, it is worth the read.
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"Exceptionally entertaining ... one can only applaud Horowitz's skill ... impressive ... an altogether terrific period thriller and one of the best Sherlockian pastiches of our time." (The Washington Post)
"The latest edition to [Sherlock's] distinguished legacy...Admirers of Horowitz's ITV series,Foyle's War, and Sherlockians will delight in equal measure. With consummate grasp, Horowitz unfolds an intricate and rewarding mystery in the finest Victorian tradition...For all its deft and loving fidelity, THE HOUSE OF SILK sees the great detective in grisly and unfamiliar straits." (Vanity Fair)
"Cliffhanger plotting... Watson's elegiac voice should silence the objections of even the most persnickety Sherlock scholar." (NPR)
"A book firmly rooted in the style of Doyle, faithful to the character as created and with just enough wiggle room to allow the author to say all the things he's been longing to say about the world of 221B Baker Street...THE HOUSE OF SILK will satisfy." (The Huffington Post)
"The hype surrounding what's being billed as the first pastiche ever officially approved by the Conan Doyle estate is amply justified ... authentic. Horowitz gets everything right-the familiar narrative voice, brilliant deductions, a very active role for Watson, and a perplexing and disturbing series of puzzles to unravel-and the legion of fans of the originals will surely be begging for Horowitz to again dip into Watson's trove of untold tales." (Publishers Weekly(starred review))