Sherlock in Love

24 May

“Sherlock in Love” by Sena Jeter Naslund is supposed to be the story of Holmes’ one great love and how he obtained his Stradivarius violin.

Nice idea, reasonable plot, but it would have helped if the author had actually read ACD’s original stories. In the story “The Adventure of the Cardboard Box”, Arthur Conan Doyle himself stated that Holmes brought his stradivarius from a pawnbroker in the Edgeware Road.  That failure to keep to canon gave the book a major strike against it before I even began to read it.

I also found it hard to believe the great man of mind and intellect could be so swayed by emotion.

However, the plot fairly bounced along and was an enjoyable read in its own right.

The second stroke against it was, for me, the lack of chemistry between Holmes and Watson.  The characters felt more like polite friends than the tight bond of friendship seen in the books.

A non Sherlockian will no doubt enjoy it, but there are too many small niggles for a devotee to be entirely happy with the book.

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