Wednesday, 7 March 2012

The Angel of the Opera by Sam Siciliano

Title: The Angel of the Opera (part of The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)
Author: Sam Siciliano
Release Date: reissued May 15, 2011
Publisher: Titan Books
Format: Trade Paperback
Genre: Mystery

 "Paris 1890. Sherlock Holmes is summoned across the English Channel to the famous Opera House.

Once there, he is challenged to discover the true motivations and secrets of the notorious phantom, who rules its depths with passion and defiance.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's timeless creation returns in a new series of handsomely designed detective stories. The Further Adventures series encapsulates the most varied and thrilling cases of the worlds' greatest detective" (

About the Author:

"Early on, Sam Siciliano developed a taste for fantastical worlds better than the one he was stuck with. He grew up reading the golden-age juvenile science fiction of Heinlein and Andre Norton, the Mars and Tarzan novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Baum's Oz books and Brooks' tales set on a New England farm where Freddy the Pig had his adventures.  And of course, last but not least was the London of Sherlock Holmes.  Siciliano has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa and did some college teaching, but because of the terrible academic job market, he worked many years in business as a database administrator. His reading tastes remain diverse, with a special fondness for genre fiction. Jane Austen may be his all time favorite author, the Victorian writers and Raymond Chandler his inspiration, but he is also a big fan of Tim Powers and Alastair Reynolds.
Siciliano was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah.  After undergraduate work at the University of Utah, he went on to the University of Iowa in Iowa City.  There he met and married fellow English graduate student Mary Slowik.  The two defended their dissertations, the last step in their doctorates, on the same memorable day.  They have raised three children and several cats together.  They attribute their long and happy marriage to the fact that neither of them believes in ironing." (

I am a big fan of Sherlock Holmes, so naturally I wanted to pick up this book. I just happened across this series, but it intrigued me right from the get-go. I love the idea of mingling Sherlock Holmes with classics. I think it is a fantastic idea and I cannot wait to read more in this collection. If you are a stickler for all things real and true Sherlock Holmes, you may not like this book. Sherlock is a bit different in this one and the story is not told by Watson, but by Holmes's cousin, Henry. It was such a neat read and I really enjoyed it. I hope you love classics and Sherlock like I do and will give this book (and series) a try!!! Happy Reading!

Related Links:
Titan Books
Sam Siciliano
Deserted Phans

1 comment:

  1. Always a pleasure to meet a Sherlockian :)

    I need to check out this pastiche! I have read "The House of Silk" by Anthony Horowitz and liked it immensely.

    Have you read the book "Bending the Willow: Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes" by David Stuart Davies. This book is a must read for fans of the Granada adaptation and/or Jeremy Brett.