Sherlock Holmes: The Breath of God

1 Feb

“The Breath of God” is a wonderful Sherlock Holmes pastiche from author Guy Adams.

When a man is found crushed to death in the snow with no sign of an attacker, Holmes and Watson are quickly on the case.  A case which appears to be more supernatural than criminal.  Is it a “Hound of the Baskervilles” scenario, or something much harder to explain by rational means?

As in Guy’s later book, “The Breath of God” has “borrowed” characters from contemporaries of Arthur Conan Doyle’s.  Algernon Blackwood’s Dr John Silence, William Hope Hodgson’s Thomas Carnaki, the psychic detective, and M. R. James’ Julian Karswell all play major roles in the novel.

The crowning character, however, isn’t fictional but real.  The crime leads north to Inverness, to Boleskine House and it’s “laird”…. Aleister Crowley.

Brilliantly written, with the friendship of Holmes and Watson as solid and wonderful as in Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories, “The Breath of God” is a delicious romp of a book to delight all Sherlock Holmes aficionados, and lovers of Victorian adventure stories.  There is also enough of a creep factor for those who also enjoy Victorian ghost stories.

Superb on so many levels.

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