Sherlock Holmes is to be brought back to life in the first new novel about the great Baker Street detective to be officially approved.
Anthony Horowitz, author of stories about teenage spy Alex Rider, has been chosen by Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate to write the full-length novel, which will be published by Orion in September.
Oh, like that hasn’t been done before.
I’ve obviously had rather a lot of fun with Sherlock Holmes since the Crabitat started, of course. I think the reason I have had so much fun with him is because I am a huge fan of the original stories. I discovered Arthur Conan Doyle’s most magnificent literary creation when I was quite young – I don’t remember exactly how old I was or even which story or novel I first read. But I have read and reread every Holmes story many times. When my wife bought me a Kindle for my birthday, one of the first things that went onto the device was the complete Sherlock Holmes. And I have been cheerfully rereading the stories yet again.
I might even read the latest attempt to recreate the magic that Doyle created. But I suspect I will not accept it the way I have embraced the original great detective, because I am so very, very familiar with the original Holmes and Watson. I have not enjoyed the other imitation Holmes I have sampled over the years anywhere near as much as the authentic stories.
But the game’s afoot! Good luck, Mr. Horowitz.