Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Anthony Horowitz & the Case of the Timeless Detective

Ever since this peerless consulting detective sprung fully formed from the mind of Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes has continued to capture the hearts and imaginations of the reading public.  While there were 56 short stories and four novels in the established Holmes canon, Sherlock has been featured in hundreds of books, plays and films.  Sherlock Holmes: a Game of Shadows starring Robert Downey, Jr. opens in a few weeks and we can look forward to another season of the BBC television series, Sherlock.

Now, for the first time in its 125-year history, the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate has authorized a new Sherlock Holmes novel.  The anointed one, British author Anthony Horowitz, has just released The House of Silk: a Sherlock Holmes novel -- and he's produced one darn good tale! 

It's a year after the death of Sherlock Holmes and the elderly Dr. Watson is determined to put pen to paper once again, perhaps for the last time.  He feels the need to recount Sherlock's adventures of The Man in the Flat Cap and The House of Silk.  Why were they not written before?  As Watson explains, "...the events which I am about to describe were simply too monstrous, too shocking to appear in print..."

As Watson's story unfolds, the good doctor transports you back to 1890 London.  Step inside 221 B Baker Street and join the Great Detective for tea and scones.  Familiar characters make an appearance:  Lestrade, Mycroft, Mrs. Hudson, and the Baker Street Irregulars. Sit back and prepare to be entertained.  Indeed, the game is afoot!

For those of you unfamiliar with Anthony Horowitz, he is one of the UK's most popular children's authors. His Alex Rider series, which features a teenage spy, enjoys worldwide readership.  Horowitz has also written or created some of Britain's most successful television series including Midsomer Murders, Poirot, Robin of Sherwood, and Foyle's War.  Most recently, he wrote the sequel to Steven Spielberg's Tintin movie and is at work on the screenplay with Spielberg and Peter Jackson.  Learn more about Anthony Horowitz on his website.

Sample a bit of House of Silk:

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

New Releases for November

November always seems like a short month, perhaps because of all the holidays. I've already started a reading stack, so come my week off at Thanksgiving, I'll have an ample pile of books to enjoy.  Here is a selection of the latest releases for you to check out and keep you reading right into the holidays.
  • Zero Day by David Baldacci (a lone Army Special Agent takes on the nation's toughest crimes)
  • Miss Dimple Rallies to the Cause by Mignon F. Ballard (Life in small town America during WWII where the residents battle crime at home, as well as abroad)
  • Physical Education by Maggie Barbieri (College English professor and sometimes sleuth, Alison Bergeron takes over the basketball team when the coach dies of a heart attack.  Or is it?)
  • Mrs. Jeffries and the Mistletoe Mix-up by Emily Brightwell (More holiday homicide with Inspector Witherspoon's sharp-witted housekeeper)
  • I Am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley (The precocious Flavia de Luce is sleuthing again at the holiday-flavored crime scene)
  • A Dark and Lonely Place by Edna Buchanan (Intrigues, drama, romance and tragedy in this sweeping epic novel)
  • Blink of an Eye by William S. Cohen (An all-too-real political thriller by Clinton's former Secretary of Defense)
  • The Drop by Michael Connelly (Harry Bosch is back, tackling a cold case with chilling consequences, and a current case involving a long-time nemesis)
  • Micro by Michael Crichton (completed by Richard Preston) (The book pits nature against technology in true Crichton fashion)
  • Devil's Gate by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown
  • The Alpine Winter by Mary Daheim (Holiday dilemmas face Emma Lord in this deliciously chilling treat)
  • Scotch Mist by Elizabeth Darrell (Military mystery with plenty of suspense)
  • A Corpse's Nightmare by Phillip DePoy (a beguiling tale with an unconventional narrative that provides an intriguing take on family history as mystery)
  • Swift Edge by Laura DiSilverio (Madcap adventures of an unlikely pair of partners-in-crime solving)
  • The Templar Magician by P.C. Doherty (Murder and mayhem during the Crusades)
  • Coffin Man by James D. Doss (Another witty ride through the wild west of Charlie Moon, Colorado rancher and part-time tribal investigator)
  • Broken Music by Marjorie Eccles (Post WWI Britain struggles back on its feet and former police sergeant Herbert Reardon has returned to his village, determined to solve an old murder)
  • The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco (19th century Europe abounds with the mysterious and the ghastly in this much anticipated novel)
  • Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
  • A Burial at Sea by Charles Finch (The 5th Charles Lenox outing is at once a murder mystery, spy story, and journey with the Victorian British navy)
  • The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon (paroled prisoner-of-war Jamie Fraser is summoned by Lord John Grey for a dangerous mission)
  • V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
  • Murder in the Minster by Susanna Gregory (This is the 17th episode int he popular Cambridge series of medieval mysteries featuring physician-sleuth Matthew Bartholomew)
  • Dead Last by James W Hall (thorn must confront an assassin whose victims are taken straight from the script of a popular TV show)
  • Deed of Murder by Cora Harrison (Irish history and legal arcana provide the background for this 17th century whodunnit)
  • The Betrayal of Trust by Susan Hill (Freak weather and flash floods uncover a decades-old cold case for Simon Serrailler to solve)
  • Dead Man's Grip by Peter James Sussex Detective Superintendent Roy Grace ( a haunting thriller that combines psychological suspense and police procedural)
  • The Gravedigger's Ball by Solomon Jones
  • The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis (Danish thriller)
  • Cat Telling Tales by Shirley Rousseau Murphy (Feline PI Joe Grey sniffs out another mystery)
  • Fever Dream by Dennis Palumbo (Psychologist and trauma expert Daniel Rinaldi is called in to question the sole survivor of a hostage situation)
  • Mercury's Rise by Ann Parker (The latest in Parker's Silver Rush series is an appealing quilt of intrigue, deceit and greed in 1880s Colorado)
  • Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson
  • The Impossible Dead by Ian Rankin (Malcolm F ox and his colleagues in the Internal Affairs department conduct an inquiry into a neighboring police force)