Sherlock Holmes and the Tangled Skein” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by David Stuart Davies (http://www.davidstuartdavies.co.uk/home). Mr. Davies has published more than a dozen novels, with this being his sixth Sherlock Holmes novel.
I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The novel is set in 1888 London and surrounding areas.
The primary characters are Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. This is a follow on to the well known Hound of the Baskervilles story. While not involving any of the Baskervilles directly, it does primarily take place in that area of England.
An odd package arrives at 221B Baker St. and it turns out to be a device intended to kill Sherlock Holmes. This prompts Holmes to investigate its origin. Inspector Lestrade comes to ask for Holmes and Watson to help with murders that have happened on Hampstead Heath. These deaths seem somehow tied to a strange phantom lady seen in the area at night.
The investigation take a turn for the paranormal when Holmes and Watson, while pursuing the phantom lady, are rescued by Professor Van Helsing. It is his theory that the phantom lady is a vampire. Not only that, but that Count Dracula has come to England to create a local vampire colony.
As expected Holmes and Watson are skeptical of Van Helsing’s claims and continue with their investigation. That leads them to the area of the Baskerville home and their attempt to save a young woman from falling to an evil illness. Watson and Holmes face danger and death more than once in this tale of mystery, facing one of their most clever adversaries.
This was a quick read taking less than five hours for me to complete this 192 page novel. It was a well written story and matches the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I somewhat regret reading it only because the genre (vampires) is really outside my interest area. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.
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