I just finished reading The House of Silk and must say I was impressed from the offset.

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The book is a brand new Sherlock Holmes novel approved by the family of Holmes’ original creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Many people have picked up this fascinating character, but I’ve never been compelled to read their work. I only chose to read this book after reading some very good reviews of the book and it’s author.

The book is written as usual with the voice of Dr Watson, Holmes’ closest friend as the narrator. The book is Watson’s account written after the death of his friend.

The idea is that this is the most shocking and sensational case that the detective had ever investigated and was therefor never put to paper by Watson. He is writing this story with the intention that it will be shut away for 100 years, bringing its content to the eyes of readers in the 21st century.

The book is very well structured and written extremely well. It keeps in the spirit of the original works of Conan Doyle. The story leaves the reader guessing at every turn and us full of surprises. Some of the subject matter is disturbing and distressing with some horrible murders, but this approach makes the story all the more readable.

I won’t go into the plot at all as I don’t want to give anything away, it is a detective story after all! It really is an unputdownable read that I couldn’t recommend enough.

The Author Anthony Horowitz is famous for writing more murders than any other writer and his previous work includes the popular Alex Rider series for young readers as well as screen writing for tv programmes such as Midsomer Murders and Foyle’s War.

He himself did not come up with the idea to write a Sherlock Holmes novel, but was approached by the Conan Doyle estate.

When writing the books he set out 10 rules that he vowed to stick to when writing the book. The rules were there to help him stay true to Conan Doyle’s characters and writing style. This clearly is one of the reasons the book turned out so exceptionally well.

There is an interesting essay by Horowitz at the end of the book which explains a bit more about the background and writing process of the book. Do not skip reading this part, it is fascinating.

You’ll love this book if…
You like a good mystery or are already a fan of the Sherlock Holmes books. If you want an introduction to Sherlock Holmes this is a million times better than the Guy Richie films starring Robert Downey jr. as a very over the top Holmes.

I give this book 5/5 as it is fantastic little page turner.

I haven’t done dress of the day for a while, and I usually go for my favourite 1940s and 50s style dresses. But today I’m feeling inspired by the roaring 20s. Although 1920’s shapes don’t suit my curvy frame if you have a less voluptuous frame the straight shapes of the 20s can be perfect.
Today’s opulent dresses come from Topshop and for £175 each they would need to be bought for a very special occasion.
These limited edition dresses feature beautiful embellished details, I’m thinking they would be perfect for new years.

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I can’t add links now as posting from my iPhone but if you search for ‘flapper dress’ on the Topshop site these will come up!

There is absolutely no wifi where I’m staying so posts over the next few days will be few and far between.
I’m having a lovely time and am loving being together as a family and relaxing! I even managed to finish a book from my list!
Here’s a little picture of something my little girl drew in the sand! So sweet!

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In other news, I’ve also managed to finish one of my books! The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz which is amazing! A review will follow when I’m back home. So that’s one of my unfinished books ticked off the list!

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I’m making a start on my next book now and maybe taking a little wander down to the beach.

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I’m off somewhere sunny for a few days so it’s going to be a little quieter than usual on the blog. I had planned to write a few posts and schedule them, but by the time I had packed for me and the girls there wasn’t a minute to spare!

One thing I particularly love about going on holiday is having the chance to have a little read. I barely get time at home and between the plane and the beach I’m sure I manage to get through a couple of books while I’m away! I’m taking a couple of books from my unfinished book challenge and a couple of new ones that I was sent this week to review. I will also be picking up a copy of Anna Karenina at the airport to get a head start on the read along.

So here’s my little list of holiday reads (look out for reviews when I get back)….

A bit of an ambitious pile but 3 of them just need finishing.

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This is a bit of a daunting one! The lovely Fay over at Blog a Book Etc is co-hosting an Anna Karenina read along and I’ve decided to take part!

I’ve always been daunted by Russian literature having attempted both Crime and Punishment and War and Peace in the past and not taken to them at all. But with the fact that the film is coming out (I hate watching films of books I haven’t read!) and the fact that I like a challenge I’m going to give this one a go.

I’m going away for ten days so I’m hoping the plane journey and a bit of beach reading will help me get through this one. You never know I might even enjoy the book!

If you’d like to take part you can link up here and join the Goodreads discussion page here.