Preview by The Mole
An unusual post for us really because we haven't read the book yet. And yes, it's a sponsored link from which we will get worldly rich, buy a yacht and end up seasick! Choose to click the link or not but I watched the video, read the first 20 pages here and very much regretted not going for the 'wins' I have seen flying around for it. It is being heavily promoted but does the campaign 'sell' this book to me?Firstly Anthony Horowitz turns out that he's not the author I thought he was. I used to be one of the readers who tends to look for authors I liked and took some persuading to try something new, so I have a lot of catching up to do.So I had no idea that Anthony Horowitz created the series Midsomer Murders (don't go there as all visitors either end up dead or are murderers) and Foyle's War - two series I have, at times, enjoyed immensely. He has also produced other TV mini series and written the 13 million worldwide copy selling Alex Rider books. This book appears to be a long held passion of his as an early Conan Doyle fan, coincidentally he was only a little older than I was when I read my first Holmes book.
The synopsis reads
"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 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…"
The video sets the scene in a very Conan Doylesque way and the first 20 pages made me very much thinking "a true Conan Doyle mystery".
This is definitely one on my list for Santa!
Buy The House of Silk: The New Sherlock Holmes Novel from Amazon