FINALLY! I have a Sherlockian story! It has been way too long!
Yesterday, I was in Waterstones and I found that they were giving away free exclusive chapter samplers of the new Sherlock Holmes novel by Anthony Horowitz "The House Of Silk". Obviously, I took one and dived straight in.
Lifted from the inside cover of the sampler:
"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 sampler contains the Preface and Chapter One (or part of it) - there are 20 pages in all. I devoured it. It was brilliant. The writing - the style and the tone - is 100% true to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Anthony Horowitz breathed life back into my beloved Holmes and Watson. And the whole set-up for the story with Watson visiting Holmes, the two men relaxing and laughing together, and then the entrance of their new mysterious client was classic Conan Doyle. I rarely read Sherlock Holmes stories that are not Conan Doyle authored. I much prefer to stick to my beloved Canon and I would rather re-read one of my old favourites for the umpteenth time than some poor imitation of the real thing. However, I loved this and am now dying to read the whole novel and cannot wait to get my hands on it - the sampler served its purpose!
Waterstones have a good deal going on the book at the moment. You can pre-order "The House Of Silk" for half price in store or online and you then get an exclusive Waterstones edition with an original Sherlock Holmes story and introduction from Anthony Horowitz for free. Only £9.49 (RRP £18.99). "The House Of Silk" is published on 1 November.
Meet Anthony Horowitz
Tuesday 1 November at 6pm, Waterstones Piccadilly
Anthony will be signing copies of the new Sherlock Holmes novel "The House Of Silk". The first 221 copies will be exclusively limited numbered editions (strictly one per customer).