Monday, April 29, 2019

"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Holmes" by Loren D. Estleman

Yes, you read that title correctly.  This book puts Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson into the world of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.  I picked this book up a couple of years ago when I was teaching my niece literature.  We read both The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Strange Case... that fall, and she said she wished someone would write a story where Holmes solved the case.  I said I bet someone had, and lo and behold, I was right.  I found a copy of it, but never got around to reading it until now.

As Holmes pastiches go, this one isn't bad!  I didn't love it, but I enjoyed it.  I think I'll send it to my niece, because she might enjoy it more.  

Estleman's characterizations of Holmes and Watson are faithful to the canon, if a little bit... fanfic-y at times.  Like, using soooo many of their mannerisms and their phraseology and going to great lengths to describe their flat accurately and cram lots of canon characters into it.  We don't gain any new understanding of Holmes or Watson... but that's not terrible.  It was a fun book to read, right when I needed something fun and light, so I did enjoy it.

I find it weird, though, that the cover art inset of half Jekyll, half Hyde looks sooooooo much like Thomas Edison.


If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It:  PG for violence and dangerous situations.  No cussing or "adult" content.

This is my sixth book read and reviewed for the Mount TBR Reading Challenge.


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    1. Skye, it's actually a whole series! But not all by the same author, I think? I do know that at least one more of them is by this same author, and it's Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula, so I kind of need to read that one too.

  2. I read all of the various pastiches and I have a vague memory of this one. I think my favorite was Sherlock Holmes and the Phantom of the Opera take (I forget the name of it, something Opera). But this one was kind of fun. And that's overall a pretty awesome cover design.

    1. Oh man, now I need to find that one. Cuz Leroux wrote POTO because he loved the Holmes canon so much! And there's this whole theory that the Rat Catcher in the book is actually Sherlock Holmes...

      And yeah, the series as a whole has some groovy covers.

      Okay, I just looked it up, and the book you're talking about is probably The Angel of the Opera, which appears to be from this same collection (which is by several different authors, not all Estleman). Nifty.

  3. Now this is an interesting premise for a book.


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