When I found out that James Moffett of the wonderful blog A Tolkienist's Perspective was also a fan of Sherlock Holmes, I was pretty excited. You may remember that I very much enjoyed participating in his read-along of The Silmarillion, and I continue to appreciate his insights into Tolkien. I've also enjoyed his new Holmes-related blog, A Palace for the Mind.
So I was eager to read James Moffett's own foray into Sherlock Holmes pastiche. And I'm happy to say that the mysteries here are more twisty than any I could ever come up with. They also all tie together into one unified puzzle pretty nicely.
If you are a fan of the BBC series Sherlock, you will probably like this. It's got the Victorian London setting of the canonical stories, but I found the characterizations to be very much informed by the BBC show. The Holmes in this book is "cheeky" (p. 119) and "mischievous" (p. 145), and other anachronisms such as a kitchen in the 221B apartment also seem derived from the show rather than the book.
In the end, I found this book a fun way to pass the time. Just right for a little light summer reading.
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG for various dangerous situations. No bad language, no adult situations, nothing gruesome.