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3.00024357569115 out of 53.00024357569115 out of 53.00024357569115 out of 53.00024357569115 out of 53.00024357569115 out of 5 3.00 (8,211 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anthony Horowitz Narrator: Derek Jacobi Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sherlock Holmes Series Release Date: November 2011 ISBN: 9781611136906
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For the first time in its 125-year history, the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate has authorized a new Sherlock Holmes novel. Once again, the game is afoot.

London, 1890. 221B Baker Street. 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, and his family is threatened. 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 gas-lit 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 starts to fear 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 be recounted until now.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.” 

    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

  • “Enormously involving and entertaining, and even funny in parts…Classic tales such as the Arthur Conan Doyle stories carry the ideals and anxieties of their age, and of later ones. The House of Silk capably does the same.” 

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Horowitz truly pulls off the wonderful illusion that Arthur Conan Doyle left us one last tale…Close your eyes and you can smell the shag tobacco of Holmes’ church warded pipe as he sorts through the evidence.” 

    San Diego Union Tribune

  • “Worthy of its canonical inspiration…an impressive read…Horowitz plots masterfully, foregrounding Holmes trademark investigative techniques against Watson’s pacey narration.” 

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  • “The hype surrounding what’s being billed as the first pastiche ever officially approved by the Conan Doyle estate is amply justified. 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

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2012 Macavity Award Nominee for Best Mystery Novel
  • A 2012 Nero Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan Cate | 2/19/2014

    " Great new installment to the Sherlock Holmes lexicon. I enjoyed the read and finished this book in just a few days.herlock related books, you'll like this. I promise "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Billy | 2/9/2014

    " A fun little read. Can't say I'm well versed in all Sherlock-dom, as I noticed a good plenty of references to previous escapades that went above my head, but it was an engaging mystery with lovely touches of Victorian England that I enjoyed. Read it in just a few days. Thanks sis! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Soutrik Mastermind | 2/8/2014

    " The English Dictionary must be sorry COz this is what no adjective can depict..Words like awesome,scintillating, fabulous,superb dont stand chance "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KarenF | 1/24/2014

    " Excellent narration by Derek Jacobi but I found the story itself to be a bit hit or miss. I actually enjoyed the "first" mystery more. It's the more traditional of the two Holmes and Watson find themselves in. It's also got what I think of as the perfect ending to a mystery, one that you don't see coming but makes perfect sense in retrospect. As far as the mystery surrounding the actual "House of Silk", well, I should never be ahead of the detective in a mystery and I certainly shouldn't be ahead of Sherlock Holmes but in this case, I had it figured out pretty far in advance. Still, there were plenty of entertaining scenes and it was still pretty enjoyable overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shauna | 1/19/2014

    " This is a new Sherlock Holmes adventure, authorized by his estate, and written by Anthony Horowitz, the author of my son's favorite Alex Rider series. The premise is that this tale would be too shocking for its time, so Watson pens it after Holmes' death and stipulates that it cannot be read for a hundred years. It was a fun read and it felt authentically Holmesian to me, even though I am no expert. 3-1/2 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley Davis | 1/18/2014

    " Great book and really plays along with Conan Doyle's literary structure. I will definitely read other books by Horowitz. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris The Story Reading Ape | 1/18/2014

    " AH has captured the Conan Doyle style very well and although the subject matter is disturbing it makes for a good SH read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 1/5/2014

    " Very good take on Sherlock Holmes and follows two separate but intertweaving stories. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine Mansell | 11/6/2013

    " Very good. So much like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in every way, you would swear it was written by him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyn | 9/28/2013

    " Recommended. I was a little worried about reading this, wondering if it could hold up to the Sherlock Holmes stories but I needn't have worried. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margot | 9/23/2013

    " Simply wonderful entertainment. Anthony Horowitz is just so talented. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M Benedikz | 9/22/2013

    " I am a Sherlock Holmes fan, but found this book rather disappointing. I listened to unabridged version on audible.co.uk and as it was read by Derek Jacobi it made the whole experience worthwhile. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Murphy | 9/13/2013

    " A superb read...well written fast moving plot and could have been penned by Conan Doyle himself. A was sorry when I reached the last page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannie | 8/30/2013

    " Clever, true to the spirit of Sherlock Holmes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 5/23/2013

    " Leuk, spannend, vlot te lezen boek. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry | 2/14/2013

    " as modern update of the sherlock holmes stories it's a LOT darker..but still manages to convey a good version of the world "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlynn | 12/12/2012

    " I enjoyed this Holmes mystery. I was sure Horowitz would do a good job and I wasn't disappointed. And I guessed correctly who one of the bad guys was! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amelia | 12/4/2012

    " This was a very quick and entertaining read, perfectly in the spirit of Sherlock Holmes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gretchen Smith | 11/9/2012

    " An amazing book! Sticks true to the characters created by Doyle. Watson writes of the most disturbing crime that they have uncovered. And excellent and page turning read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Max Shanahan | 11/9/2012

    " Great read...hope he does more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brad | 8/19/2012

    " Awesome, awesome, awesome!!! Did I mention it was awesome!?! Should have seen the ending from the beginning, but somewhat disturbing finale. A book worthy of Doyle himself. Another first-time-Sherlock success!!! I look forward to more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 3/4/2012

    " Almost gave up around page 75, thinking I knew what was gong to happen, but glad I stuck with it. A very entertaining Sherlock Holmes adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katy Archer | 1/10/2012

    " This was an excellent book, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Good easy reading. "

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About the Author
Author Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz is the author of the international bestseller The House of Silk and the #1 New York Times bestselling Alex Rider series for young adults. As a television screenwriter he created both Midsomer Murders and the BAFTA-winning Foyle’s War, both of which were featured on PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery. He regularly contributes to a wide variety of national newspapers and magazines, and in January 2014 he was awarded an OBE for his services to literature.

About the Narrator

Sir Derek Jacobi has had a long and distinguished career. He has toured in Becket and Uncle Vanya, and he received a Tony Award for his performance as Benedick in the RSC’s production of Much Ado about Nothing. His work in television includes the lead roles in Cadfael and I, Claudius, and his film credits include Henry V, Gosford Park, and Hamlet. His narrations have won him eleven Audiofile Earphones Awards.