1889. The First Terror.
At a boys’ prep school in the Kent marshes, a pupil is found drowned in a pond. Could this be the fulfillment of a witch’s curse from four hundred years earlier?
1890. The Second Terror.
A wealthy man dies of a heart attack at his London townhouse. Was he really frightened to death by ghosts?
1894. The Third Terror.
A body is discovered at a Surrey country manor, hideously ravaged. Is the culprit a cannibal, as the evidence suggests?
These three linked crimes test Sherlock Holmes’s deductive powers, and his skepticism about the supernatural, to the limit.
When I saw this book on Netgalley I requested because…. well of course I did! It is James Lovegrove’s Sherlock Holmes…
And what can I say? He has done it again! Lovegrove really has mastered Conan Doyle’s style and just writes the best Holmes stories. This time we follow Holmes and Watson throughout three interlinked stories. The blurb states they all have a supernatural element… but the third one deals with a cannibal. Anyway… the stories themselves are all great reads, but having them link together makes them even better.
Although I am not a fan of short story collections, these ones were the perfect length. They were long enough to create an interesting case, but short enough to read in a single sitting. The writing was although reminiscent of the classics, also effortless and just easy to read.
My only complaint? The first case was just too easy… to me it was obvious what happened as soon as the body was described. Also, there is a certain clue which Sherlock misses/deems to be irrelevant. Yet I picked up on it, making one of the big reveals not surprising whatsoever. Sure it feels great to outsmart Sherlock, but I would rather have been amazed.
Still, I had a great time with this book and would highly recommend it to anyone who fancies a good Sherlock Holmes story.