Over at Mulholland Books, Anthony Horowitz, author of the just-released The House of Silk, a novel authorized by the Conan Doyle Estate about which we’ve been hearing great things, has blogged his Ten Rules for Writing a Sherlock Holmes Novel. They are:
1) No over-the-top action; 2) No women; 3) No gay references, either overt or implied, between Holmes and Watson; 4) No walk-on appearances by famous people; 5) No drugs, at least none taken by Sherlock Holmes; 6) Research and try to get the details right; 7) Use the right language; 8) Not too many murders; 9) Include the best-known characters, but try to do it in a way that suprises; 10) When doing publicity, never be seen smoking a pipe or in a deerstalker.
Pretty sure Lyndsay Faye would agree with that last, but read his entertaining rationale behind each admonition, and tell us whether you agree. And if you’ve already gotten a peek at the novel, confide how you liked it, too!