New Sherlock Holmes Novel to Be Written by Anthony Horowitz

January 23, 2011 Updated: January 23, 2011

A new Sherlock Holmes novel was approved by the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle this week and will be written by author Anthony Horowitz, according to the Daily Telegraph and other media reports.

Horowitz has already penned a number of books, including a series of books about teenage spy Alex Rider.

Conan Doyle has been dead for 80 years, and the famed sleuth has not appeared in a novel since 1927, in the short story The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes.

Horowitz said that he “fell in love with the Sherlock Holmes stories when I was sixteen, and I’ve read them many times since,” according to the newspaper.

“I simply couldn't resist this opportunity to write a brand new adventure for this iconic figure and my aim is to produce a first rate mystery for a modern audience while remaining absolutely true to the spirit of the original,” he added.

The Telegraph reports that the new novel will be published in September.

The plot for the latest novel is secret, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.