Tuesday, 12 November 2013

The Great Detective Returns! Sherlock Holmes faces some new cases

The Great Detective Returns! is a collection of new Sherlock Holmes short stories by N.M. Scott.

There is nothing wrong with the stories, but I was left with a feeling that they could have been so much better than they were. Nowhere near enough was made of Holmes' vast knowledge of the forensic sciences, and it appears that the Holmes of these stories almost stumbled upon his deductions by accident.

There were a few points that made it clear that, despite the deliberate impression that the stories were by Dr Watson an Englishman of the late 19th and early 20th Century, that the stories are written in the 21st Century and this did jar a little, it has to be said.

However, having said that the book is a hardback by the Book Guild and at £16.99 will make the dedicated Sherlock Holmes fan an admirable stocking filler.

ISBN 978 1 84624 955 6.