Reviewed by : Anonymous
“London. A snowy December, 1888. Sherlock Holmes, 34, is languishing and back on cocaine after a disastrous Ripper investigation. Watson can neither comfort nor rouse his friend – until a strangely encoded letter arrives from Paris. Mademoiselle La Victoire, a beautiful French cabaret star writes that her illegitimate son by an English Lord has disappeared, and she has been attacked in the streets of Montmartre. Racing to Paris with Watson at his side, Holmes discovers the missing child is only the tip of the iceberg of a much larger problem. The most valuable statue since the Winged Victory has been violently stolen in Marseilles, and several children from a silk mill in Lancashire have been found murdered. The clues in all three cases point to a single, untouchable man. Will Holmes recover in time to find the missing boy and stop a rising tide of murders? To do so he must stay one step ahead of a dangerous French rival and the threatening interference of his own brother, Mycroft. This latest adventure, in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, sends the iconic duo from London to Paris and the icy wilds of Lancashire in a case which tests Watson’s friendship and the fragility and gifts of Sherlock Holmes’ own artistic nature to the limits. “
A Sherlock Holmes pastiche that captures Conan-Doyle’s tone and adds a flavour of cinematic adventure to the mix.
The plot moves very quickly, from the art and cabaret scenes of France to rural Lancashire.
The first half of the book is mostly set up for the second, which deals with a country estate that hides a very dark secret. One that holds an entire village in the grasp of a thoroughly contemptible evil.
This felt like a cross between the original works of Conan Doyle and the Guy Ritchie films. Not one for die-hard purists but a thoroughly entertaining – and at times shocking – adventure for Holmes and Watson.
Published – 6th October 2015
Publishing Company – Collins Crime Club