I have read a few other novels featuring Holmes and Watson written by authors other than Conan Doyle, and enjoyed them, feeling the authors had done a pretty decent job. However Anthony Horowitz has beaten them all hands down! Reading House of Silk, I felt I was properly back in the company of Holmes and of course dear Watson, just as if I was reading ACD himself. I'd like to think Conan Doyle would approve heartily. There are some nice references back to famous Holmes stories, which should please all Holmes fans, and ensures that this story fits perfectly within the Holmes canon.
A fast paced multilayered plot - with a few surprises thrown in for good measure, this is a book perfect for long winter evenings. A brilliant sense of time and place, along with a credible Watson narrating, helps to give this novel such an authentic feel.