Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Dust

10 Jan

When the lodger of a landlady friend of Mrs. Hudson’s is found poisoned, Mrs. Hudson turns to her own lodger, Sherlock Holmes for help. Meanwhile, big game hunter and adventurer Allan Quartermain is in town and somehow, his mission ties up with the murder.

“Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Dust” by James Lovegrove is an absolute rip-roarer of a book. While at first glance H. Rider Haggard’s hero Quartermain would not seem to be a good fit in Arthur Conan Doyle’s world of Holmes, the two mesh together almost seamlessly.

The story is fast paced and exciting. A wonderful combination of murder mystery and traditional adventure story.

There are plenty of Holmesian references to be found.

The relationship between Holmes and Watson is nicely balanced, with Watson having an edge of sarcastic snark to him, that I loved.

If you haven’t read “Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Dust” I suggest adding it to your To Be Read list as soon as you can. Highly recommended.

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