For once I managed to get hold of two of the books on my wish list and read one of them in a few days - double hurrah! Take a bow Anthony Horowitz's The House of Silk, a wonderful homage to the Sherlock Holmes stories of Conan Doyle. All the ingredients are there - Holmes, Watson, fog, 221b Baker Street, street urchins, fog, dastardly villains, Victorian London, Homes's violin, and did I mention fog?
Horowitz captures the essence of the originals but adds 21st century slant to it - the main 'crime' in the book (which I can't mention as it's a major spoiler) is one that I'm sure Conan Doyle wouldn't have touched with a barge pole, but it works. A heck of a good read... I just wish he'd write some more.
Next on the list is The Snow Child...
... and whilst we're on the subject of Holmes,
don't you think David has a very Moriarty-ish expression on his face here?
If I'd done this in colour you could
have seen how spiffing my brown velvet coat (how
19th century can you get?) looks, but then you would
also have seen how badly my roots need doing...
Memo to self - wear hat...