Sherlock Holmes: The Red Tower

23 Feb

In this fun book by Mark A. Latham, Dr John Watson is invited to a weekend party where a medium is in residence and a seance is planned. When the sister of his host dies in mysterious circumstances, Watson sends for his good friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes.

“The Red Tower” brings together two of my favourite mystery tropes: the house party, and the locked room.

Mark A. Latham creates a fun story brimming with atmosphere. His original characters are strong and interesting. His handling of the friendship between Holmes and Watson skillful.

Be warned that the early part of the book is principally John Watson. Holmes does not make an appearance until after the mysterious death takes place.

For me the added bonus was the presence of Inspector Lestrade. I make no secret of the fact he is my favourite of the Scotland Yard men.

“Sherlock Holmes” The Red Tower” is an excellent pastiche and one that I think Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself would have enjoyed.

Highly recommended.

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