This is a review of the Kindle version.
I have read the complete Sherlock Holmes Canon (56 short stories and 4 novels) and have watched different adaptations. The Russian adaptation with Vasily Livanov and the BBC series Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch are my all-time favorites.
Coming to the book in question, this is an excellent effort by Anthony Horowitz. Not having read any of the author's previous works, I was not sure if the author would do justice to Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved creation. Having read the book, I whole-heartedly recommend the book to any Holmes fan/fan of the thriller genre.
Horowitz captures the essence of Doyle's books, which are the foggy streets of London and the classic relationship between Holmes and Watson. Horowitz nails both of these to near perfection and delivers (what to this reviewer is) one of the best Sherlock Holmes pastiches.
The story starts with an arts store owner paying a visit to 221 B Baker Street. As Holmes investigates the case, he finds himself (and Watson) involved in a dangerous game with a bunch of antagonists, hell-bent on keeping their criminal enterprise alive and kicking. The novel has 2 plots that come together for a stunner of a climax that is truly Vintage Sherlock Holmes.
Besides Mycroft, couple more characters make their cameos. I will leave it to the reader to discover these, but rest assured, one of these cameos will knock any Holmesian's socks off.
What I liked best about the book: The settings, the atmosphere, the Holmes-Watson dynamics and the climax!
What could have been done better: The book lags little bit in the middle, despite a good start. But the killer climax offsets the lagging middle though.
I am eagerly looking to the (hopefully inevitable) sequel/next Holmes pastiche from Horowitz.
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