First up, we’ll be taking on the (relatively) new Sherlock Holmes novel The House of Silk, which The Washington Post calls “exceptionally entertaining” and “an altogether terrific period thriller." Written by Anthony Horowitz, whom mystery lovers may know from his work on the television series Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders, and Agatha Christie’s Poirot, this addition to the Sherlock Holmes canon should prove a fun kick-off to 2015.
For more on how Anthony Horowitz approached his “assignment” and how he keeps his audiences riveted, check out this BBC interview:
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Reading Schedule for The House of Silk
To participate, follow @1book140 and tweet with the hashtag #1book140. In lieu of our usual week by week reading schedule, what if we made a plan to discuss the The House of Silk at the end of January? In addition to avoiding spoilers, mysteries have a tendency to get consumed in a few voracious late-night reads, which can make it hard to tweet/comment as you go. Let me know what you think in the comments or on Twitter.
So many of the rave reviews for February’s read—the Booker Prize-shortlisted We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler—warn against revealing too much, so I’m tempted to encourage 1book140 readers to just pick up a copy and get started.
But if you need a little extra encouragement, Barbara Kingsolver in her New York Times review calls the story of Rosemary and her unhappy family “so readably juicy and surreptitiously smart, it deserves all the attention it can get,” and Booklist writes that “Fowler has outdone herself in this deeply inquisitive, cage-rattling novel."
Reading Schedule for We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Week One: ~1-80
Week Two: ~81-160
Week Three: ~161-240
Week Four: ~240 to the end