A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
by Laurie R. King
Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine
Historical Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 12 Jun 2018
Normally I enjoy Holmesian fiction, but I had mixed feelings about Island of the Mad. On the one hand, it is a well plotted mystery filled with interesting subplots, on the other hand, it is not really what I would define as Holmesian. Holmes plays a much smaller role than Mary Russell, and his character is less developed, relying on the reader’s knowledge of Sherlock Holmes and imagination to fill in the gaps left by the author. I’m inclined to believe that the novel would be better with a more developed character in the place of Holmes, or greater effort placed on making the reader truly believe Holmes would be there in that position.
Island of the Mad addresses the mistreatment of women who don’t fit, either by nature or by choice, as well as the rise of fa...
The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 31 Mar 2018
The Teamaster and the Detective is an amazing read that will satisfy your cravings for science fiction and Holmesian mystery in a go. In the world of Bodard’s imagining, living mindships enable travel through deep spaces, both in actual and virtual form. The teas they brew enable individuals to survive such travel with their serenity and sanity intact. Most mindships belong to illustrious families, but The Shadow’s Child is alone, surviving by selling individualized brews to travelers. The Shadow’s Child is more than sentient, it is a self aware individual with hopes, fears and a burgeoning curiosity. It becomes the Dr Watson to a Long Chau’s Holmes. Bodard’s conception is at once a clear homage to Conan Doyle and a unique creation in its own right. My only complaint is that I finished The Tea Master and the Detective so quickly. I wanted more....
Cat of The Baskervilles is a Holmesian cosy that will leave fans purring. Gemma Doyle makes her living selling Holmesiana - books and all other things related to the great detective. But she has more in common with Sherlock than she likes to believe - an ability to observe minutiae and make deductions based on her observation.
When Sir Nigel, an actor past his prime and well into a relationship with the bottle, is cast as Holmes in the West London Theater Festival, many are overjoyed, remembering finer moments earlier in his career. But when he takes a topple soon after flopping his lines at a promo event - an event where he was seen arguing with Leslie Wilson moments before - the initial verdict is murder. Gemma knows Jayne Wilson’s mother is innocent, but as she is unwilling to tell the truth, things look bad. To top things off Loui...
The Sherlock Effect by Raymond Kay Lyon
General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 25 Jan 2018
The Sherlock Effect is a homage to Conan Doyle that he would be proud to acknowledge. It compliments but doesn't copy the iconic detective and his powers of observation. Growing up Christopher Sherlock Webster found his name a burden. But after his Holmes-obsessed father passes away, he delves deeper into Conan Doyle’s stories and discovers that he too has an affection for Holmesiana and a talent for deduction. With his marketing friend Mo Rennie, he opens an agency devoted to solving the type of unusual crimes that Holmes himself would enjoy. Christopher may be a tad bit reluctant to dress the part (Mo insists it is important for branding), but he addresses their unusual cases with enthusiasm and perception.
I was very impressed by the creative mysteries Raymond Kay Lyon created to challenge Christopher. The stories...
Paying homage to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic detective is very much in vogue. From new adventures featuring the classic Holmes to comic reworkings and even fantasy tinged reimaginings such as Alt.sherlock.holmes, bookshelves are inundated with a plethora of tributes. Sherry Thomas's A Study in Scarlet Women stands out, both for its eloquent storytelling and for its innovation. Charlotte Holmes is not simply Sherlock Holmes in female guise, she is her own woman, struggling against the constraints faced by women of her time.
A simple warning - don't spend your time looking for straightforward correlations. Take the time to experience the story and the characters as you would with any other novel. If you let the story unfold naturally, you will enjoy it far more. Sherry Thomas develops her characters rather than relying on reader knowledge and expectations. In fact, chal...
alt.sherlock.holmes: New Visions of the Great Detective
by Gini Koch, Jamie Wyman, and Glen Mehn
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date: April 12, 2016
Holmesians look out - this is a collection of tales that will delight and amaze, that will tear down your preconceived notions of who Sherlock Holmes and Watson are, and linger long in memory. Each tale features a Holmes who is all you know and love, but at the same time who is far different than you expect. These are the Holmes’s who might have been - and I for one am glad that they are here to be seen and experienced.
Gini Koch’s Holmes is the most familiar. Her playground is Los Angeles where she consults for the LAPD. Rather than suffering from addiction to drugs, she has a more prosaic but almost equally destructive addiction to reality television. With Watson she investigates murder amongst the stars. I especially liked the portrayal of Irene Adler.
The Holmes (Sanford “Crash” Haus) of Jamie Wyman is a carnie and a trickster...
The Seven Percent Solution by David Tipton, Scott Tipton
Diamond Book Distributors
Mystery & Thrillers, Graphic Novels
Pub Date: March 22, 2016
The graphic novel version of Nicholas Meyer’s novel, The Seven Percent Solution is competently illustrated by David and Scott Tipton. The novel’s content lends itself well to the graphic format.
In The Seven Percent Solution, Holmes faces his most fearsome opponent, his addiction to cocaine. Through the assistance of Sigmund Freud, Holmes conquers his addiction. Holmes and Watson are then drawn into a case where failure may mean the onset of war.
While the illustrations are competently drawn, I felt the facial expressions were lacking. At times they seemed either ridiculously overdone or not suitable to the present emotion. It made it more difficult to identify with the characters. Conversely, the action sequences were extremely well done. While The Seven Percent Solution is not the best graphic n...
Sherlock Holmes and the Necronomicon is a simply marvelous graphic novel. This Soleil-Dark Horse joint production combines exquisitely detailed art with a thrilling supernatural plot. Sylvain Cordurie is a French writer and artist known for his tales pitting the classic detective against various nefarious supernatural creatures menacing London.
The one weakness it has is due to its length and format, if is difficult to portray Sherlock’s eye for detail and his superior reasoning ability. What places Sherlock Holmes in the story is his conflict with Moriarty, who has returned from the dead. Moriarty needs Sherlock in order to return to his former self. Moriarty is the pawn of a man desiring the Necronomicon. The writer makes use of the reader’s background knowledge of the Sherlock Holmes, his conflict with Moriarty, and th...
In the spring of 1932, with Londoners terrorised by a series of brutal murders, the private detective agency of Messrs. Singleton and Trelawney quietly opens its doors in Bloomsbury. The first person to call on their services is a worried Lady Arthur Conan Doyle. She tells of mysterious events at 221 Baker Street - and a premonition that the London murders signal terrible danger for mankind. Their investigation will take our intrepid heroes into a world of séances and spirits. Aided by the most famous detective of all time, they must draw on their knowledge of the imaginary to find the perpetrators of some very real and bloody crimes before they strike again...
Just last week, I reviewed Art in the Blood, a novel featuring the iconic characters of Holmes and Watson. Fabrice Bourland's novel, The Baker Street Phantom is a different kind of tribute, unique and enticing.
London. A snowy December, 1888. Sherlock Holmes, 34, is languishing and back on cocaine after a disastrous Ripper investigation. Watson can neither comfort nor rouse his friend – until a strangely encoded letter arrives from Paris.
Mlle La Victoire, a beau tiful French cabaret star writes that her illegitimate son by an English lord has disappeared, and she has been attacked in the streets of Montmartre
Racing to Paris with Watson at his side, Holmes discovers the missing child is only the tip of the iceberg of a much larger problem. The most valuable statue since the Winged Victory has been violently stolen in Marseilles, and several children from a silk mill in Lancashire have been found murdered. The clues in all three cases point to a single, untouchable man.
Will Holmes recover in time to find the missing boy and stop a rising tide of murders? To do so...