A Sherlock Holmes Novel
November 22, 2011 / ISBN: 978-1611136890 Audiobook / Audio CD /
by Jo Rogers
I have loved Sherlock Holmes mysteries ever since
I read A Study in Scarlet many years ago. Thus, when I
saw that The House of Silk is a Sherlock Holmes mystery,
I jumped at the chance to review it. I was not disappointed.
The story begins
with Dr. John Watson visiting Sherlock Holmes in his Baker Street
home. Dr. Watson's wife, Mary, was away, so Watson was staying with
Holmes until Mary returned. He was concerned with Holmes' health.
It seems that Holmes had spent three days without food and water
to convince an adversary that he was near death. Dr. Watson need
not have worried.
However, when Holmes receives a visitor who needs
his help, Watson is only too glad to step into his old role as Holmes·
assistant. The visitor is Edmund Carstairs, a London art dealer
who had recently returned from America. He and his business partner
had sold four paintings by John Constable to a museum in Boston.
At the time, Boston was plagued by gangs, particularly the Flat
Cap gang, led by Irish twins. The Flat Caps had robbed a train and
destroyed the four paintings. The gang had later been killed, all
but one. That one had apparently followed Carstairs home and now
seems to be threatening him and his family. Along with this, they
heard the whispered name, the House of silk.
of Silk is Holmes at his finest. The plot keeps you guessing
until the end. The lack of profanity makes the book more enjoyable.
The sexual situations aren·t graphic, leaving details to
the imagination. It is a tale worthy of Conan Doyle. Listen to The
House of Silk and prepare for a can't-put-it-down adventure.