“Sherlock Holmes, The Missing Years: Japan” was published in 2015 (March) and was written by Vasudev Murthy (http://vmurthy.blogspot.com). Mr. Murthy has published 5 books.
I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘G’. This Mystery novel is set in the late 1890s in the time after Sherlock Holmes was thought to have died at the Reichenbach Falls.
Dr. John Watson receives a message from Holmes, who he thought was dead, asking him to come immediately to Japan. Watson sets off and encounters death and intrigue along the long way from London to Japan. Reuniting with Holmes, they evade Moriarty’s minions and fight to make their way to Tokyo. Watson learns that Holmes has undertaken a mission for the Japanese government to thwart plans by the Yakuza and Moriarty to dominate Europe.
Now, they must avoid capture and get the vital information to the Japanese government. If they fail, not only will Japan fall, but so will the governments of Europe.
The story was written much in the same voice as the original Sherlock Holmes tales. Several ‘letters’ were included in the story attempting to add background information, but I often found them distracting and confusing. While a classified as a mystery, there was really little mystery in the story, but more of an adventure. I did enjoy the 6 or so hours I spent reading the story, though it was not as good as the originals. I give this novel a 3.5 (rounded up to 4) out of 5.
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