Category Archives: Sherlock Holmes

Review of “Sherlock Holmes and the Eisendorf Enigma”

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Book Reviews – “Sherlock Holmes and the Eisendorf Enigma” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Larry Millett (https://www.larrymillett.com/). Mr. Millett has published more than a dozen books and including several “Holmes Mysteries”.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set mostly in the small town of Eisendorf, Minnesota, but some is spent in Munich, Germany as well.

As expected Sherlock Holmes is the primary character. It is 1920 and the 66 year old Holmes has mostly retired. He travels to Minnesota to visit the Mayo clinic seeking treatment of his growing breathing problems. While there he receives a cryptic message from a former foe, the “Monster of Munich”. The message invites Holmes to the small, remote town of Eisendorf.

Holmes had been unable to catch the Monster back in Munich of 1892. Now he both sees an opportunity to conclude that case as well as solve some unusual deaths in Eisendorf. Eisendorf proves to be a challenge. The town is tight lipped and the town and its inhabitants seem to harbor many secrets.

Holmes faces challenges as well as threats. Will he be able to identify the killer? Will he survive the encounter and his failing health?

I enjoyed the 7 hours I spent reading this 240 page Mystery. This Holmes is very much like Doyle’s original, though much older,  I thought that the plot was well played out and the solution was not obvious. I would certainly consider reading other of Millett’s Holmes novels. The cover art is OK, giving the impression of the dark, forested location of Eisendorf. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Review of “Echoes of Sherlock Holmes”

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Book Review – “Echoes of Sherlock Holmes” eBook was published in 2016 and is a compilation of short stories inspired by the tales of Sherlock Holmes.

I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ though there is some violence. With several Short Stories the settings vary widely. I thought that these were OK stories for the most part. My favorite was ‘Raffa’, where an actor portraying Sherlock Holmes on a popular TV show is approached by a little girl for help. I am not a fan of Short Stories, but I do read almost everything I see pertaining to Sherlock Holmes. I give this Short Story collection a 3 out of 5.

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Review of “Doctor Watson’s Battle”

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“Doctor Watson’s Battle” eBook was published in 2016 (March) and was written by Patrick Mercer (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Mercer). Mr. Mercer has written more than 10 novels and this is the 5th in his “Dr. Watson Adventure” series.

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 and implications of Mature Situations. This Mystery novella is set in England of the late 1800’s.

As expected, the primary characters are Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. Holmes, Watson and Watson’s former orderly Bowler, travel to Colchester to attend an event being held by the army regiment in which Watson and Bowler had served. There they encounter old friends as well as some rivalries. When there is one, then another murder, Holmes and Watson are driven into action.

This was a quick read of 2.5 hours for the 72 page novella. It is written in a consistent style of the original Doyle works. The solution to the mystery was not obvious, which made it enjoyable. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Review of “Sherlock Holmes and the Tangled Skein”

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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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Review of “Sherlock Holmes and the Copycat Murders”

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“Sherlock Holmes and the Copycat Murders” eBook was published in 2015 and was written by Barry Day. This is Mr. Day’s seventh Sherlock Holmes novel.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘PG’ as there are minor instances of Violence. This Mystery novel is set in 1900 England. The primary characters are Sherlock Holmes, Dr. John Watson and Mycroft Holmes.

As series of murders that each bear resemblance to cases Sherlock Holmes has solved stir the detective’s interest. Evidence, including witnesses claiming that Sherlock Holmes was a recent visitor to each victim makes a case for Sherlock Holmes being responsible.

Neither Watson or Mycroft Holmes can conceive of Sherlock having turned to crime and set out to discover what is going on and to prove Sherlock’s innocence. Mixed in with this is a growing German presence in England and the British development of new advanced submarine.

This reads like a Sherlock Holmes story from Doyle. I enjoyed the slightly more than 4 hours I spent with then novel. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Book Review of “The Last Moriarty”

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“The Last Moriarty” eBook was published in 2015 (May) and was written by Charles Veley. Mr. Veley has written five novels, but this is the first in nearly 3 decades.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘PG’ as there are instances of Violence. This Mystery Thriller novel is set in London, England of 1895. The principal characters are the familiar Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. The story is told from the viewpoint of Watson.

The story takes place in the period after Holmes battled Moriarty at Reichenback Falls. The public is not aware that Holmes has survived, but the British government and key clients are. Holmes and Watson are drawn into a situation involving the British government and American financial/industrial leaders – Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan and Carnegie.

A murder leads to a plot to prevent the meeting between the government and Americans from taking place. The rebuilt criminal gang left behind by Moriarty is involved and being led by someone new. Holmes also finds that a woman he had known before he became the well known detective is somehow involved.

There is mystery and suspense with this story that is told in the same style as the originals created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The 6 hours I spent with this novel felt like I was reading the original Holmes stories. I do hope that the teaser at the end of the novel that there will more stories to come proves true. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to 4) out of 5.

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Book Review of “Dreaming Spies”

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“Dreaming Spies” was published in 2015 and was written by Laura R. King (http://www.laurierking.com). Ms. King has published 25 mystery novels, 13 in the “Mary Russell” series of which this is the latest.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘PG’ as there are minor instances of Violence and Mature Situations. This Mystery novel is set on a steamer from India to Japan, as well as in England in the early 1920s. The main characters are Sherlock Holmes, Mary Russell and Haruki Sato.

Holmes and much younger (24) wife Russell are bound from India to Japan on a steamer after finishing a case. Aboard the steamer they encounter a man, Earl Darly, Holmes knows to be involved in blackmail back in England. They begin an investigation of the man and his family to uncover who his current target is.

Russell makes friends with a young Japanese woman, Sato. Sato teaches Holmes and Russell much about Japan. They soon discover that there is much more to Sato. She comes, in fact, from a long line of Japan’s elite Ninja. Nor is Sato’s presence on the ship an accident. Once in Japan, Holmes and Russell are engaged to recover a book. The object of Darly’s current blackmail scheme.

This mystery leads Holmes and Russell from steamer, across Japan and finally to Oxford in England. The story winds through the culture of Japan and some history of Oxford. Holmes and Russell use all of their skills to investigate and pursue the book in question. The plot leads through many twists and turns, keeping the reader from guessing too much. There is obviously a lot of history I missed in the series when I jumped in and started with #14, but the book stands well by itself. The story reminded me a lot of those of Holmes written by Sir Author Conan Doyl. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Book Review of “Sherlock Holmes, The Missing Years: Japan”

“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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Book Review of “Two Hundred and Twenty-One baker Streets”

“Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets” is an anthology of Sherlock Holmes short stories compiled by David Thomas Moore. It was published in 2014 (October) and it consists of 14 short stories with very different versions of Holmes and Watson. This book is available on Amazon.

I obtained this novel for free through https://www.netgalley.com for review. I must first say that I am not a fan of short stories. I find that they are simply too short!

In this case I did find the collection interesting. Most of the stores I was sad to see end so quickly. I have read all of the original Holmes stores written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and I found these to be complimentary of those original works. I give this a 4 out of 5.

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