Genre: Sherlock

Waiting on Wednesday – Art in the Blood: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure by Bonnie MacBird

May 13, 2015 Bonnie Adult, Waiting on Wednesday 3 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Art in the Blood: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure by Bonnie MacBirdArt in the Blood: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure by Bonnie MacBird
Published by Collins Crime Club on September 8th 2015
Pages: 400
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Sherlock
Format: Hardcover
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At a time when Sherlock Holmes is more popular than ever, a new story written in the whip smart style of Conan Doyle but with the ticking clock and fast pace that modern readers expect

It’s 1888. A perfumed letter featuring a doubly encoded message arrives at 221B Baker street London, a snowy December, 1888. A disastrous Ripper investigation has left 35-year-old Sherlock Holmes in a deep depression and back on cocaine. The newly married Watson is summoned urgently to 221B to rouse his friend. Nothing works until the arrival of an intriguing encoded letter from a beautiful French singer, Mlle. Emmeline La Victoire. Her illegitimate son Emil (with the famous art collector and humanitarian Earl of Pellingham) has disappeared and she fears him kidnapped, and she herself has been accosted in the street.As they travel to Paris to come to her aid, a larger picture is unveiled. This same untouchable Earl may well be behind the world’s largest art theft - the priceless Marseilles Nike - and additionally the disappearance and murder of several boys working in his own silk mills. Could he have harmed his own son as well? Holmes and Watson are tasked to solve the case and bring the culprit to justice.Before they can succeed, they must navigate a complex web including a treacherous French rival detective, Vidocq, who is in love with their client; Sherlock’s oddly threatening brother Mycroft, who has his own stake in the case; and a rising tide of murders which keep the true facts just out of reach. Can Sherlock Holmes overcome the weaknesses of his own “artistic nature” to save the beautiful singer and her son, and put away the real villain behind these many crimes?

About Bonnie MacBird

Bonnie MacBird is the original writer of the movie TRON, a multiple Emmy winning writer/producer, an accomplished watercolorist, and a classically trained actor. She is a regular speaker on writing, creativity, and Sherlock Holmes.

She lives in Los Angeles.

This one might not be authorized by Doyle’s estate like House of Silk proudly proclaimed to be, however, I’m still crazy anxious to read this one. MacBird is a professional Sherlock enthusiast and all I want to know is… how do you get that kind of job? Sign me up.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me a link to your post and I’ll be sure to stop by!

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine

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Book Review – The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel (Sherlock Holmes #1) by Anthony Horowitz

December 18, 2014 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2014 3 Comments

Book Review – The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel (Sherlock Holmes #1) by Anthony HorowitzThe House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel by Anthony Horowitz
Series: Sherlock Holmes #1
Published by Mulholland Books on November 1, 2011
Pages: 304
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Sherlock
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Moriarty

four-half-stars

For the first time in its one-hundred-and-twenty-five-year history, the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate has authorized a new Sherlock Holmes novel.

Once again, THE GAME'S AFOOT...

London, 1890. 221B Baker St. 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, his family is threatened. And 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 gaslit 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 begins to fear that 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 ever appear in print...until now.

‘Show Holmes a drop of water and he would deduce the existence of the Atlantic. Show it to me and I would look for a tap. That was the difference between us.’

In London, during the Autumn of 1890, Holmes and Watson are investigating a seemingly ordinary crime involving rare art and of course murder. Their investigation manages to take them far from the beaten path and propels them straight into a most horrific ongoing crime involving The House of Silk. They hit a brick wall being unable to find any useful information about it but both Holmes and Watson are unable to stop investigating, of course, even with the obvious danger they are putting themselves in by continuing to do so. Watson narrates the tale wonderfully, giving us insight into the quirks of Sherlock and the sheer brilliance of his mind. There are mysteries within mysteries in this story and the inevitable unraveling is truly the best part.

The House of Silk is the first installment in a new Holmes series written by Anthony Horowitz that has been sanctioned and commissioned by the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Horowitz definitely has some big shoes to fill but his writing skills shine and Holmes and Watson feel as if they were never gone. I’m a huge fan of the original Conan Doyle stories and have always been leery of picking up the various pastiches out there; I’d much rather just read the originals. I took the risk once with The Beekeeper’s Apprentice and it quickly became one of my all-time favorites. The House of Silk was my second foray into Holmes pastiches and my luck continued. This was a fantastically faithful representation of everything I love about the originals, yet managed to add a level of excitement that I feel is sometimes missing from the classics. Horowitz did an honorable job of continuing the Sherlock legacy and these are well worth the read to all you Sherlock fans out there.

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