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  • By stephen watts
    Feb 7, 2014
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary creation Sherlock Holmes has recently undergone something of a modern reinvention through BBC Television’s “Sherlock”, but in Paul Stuart Hayes’ “Requiem for Sherlock Holmes”, we find Holmes and Watson back in the period which we as fans are most familiar with. Hansom cabs and telegrams are the height of technology and there’s not an iPhone or skyscraper in sight! In fact, through most of the book I was reminded of the greatest Holmes of all to my mind, the late actor Jeremy Brett. This feeling is heightened as “The Ancestral Horror” kicks into gear, depicting Holmes at his most enigmatic and brilliant. At the story’s heart is the catalyst of a dark, suppressed family secret, and as the plot twists and turns, it brings even the ever-dependable Watson to question whether his friend is being wholly honest with him. The story is a well paced and clever pastiche which harks back to Conan Doyle’s style and evokes the period vividly. The author clearly has... More > a deep love and understanding of Doyle’s creation and his portrayal of the characters of Holmes and Watson is pitch perfect. The other stories in “Requiem for Sherlock Holmes” are equally as engaging and varied, with nods and rewards along the way for Holmes afficionados and more casual readers alike. I particularly enjoyed “The Penitent Man” with its supernatural undertones and the gruesome subplot which I will leave to the reader to discover for themselves. All in all, a great effort which the both author and his publisher, Hidden Tiger, can be proud of. I look forward to reading more from this writer and maybe his further tales of the world’s greatest detective.< Less
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Product Details

First Edition
Hidden Tiger
February 2, 2014
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.83 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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