Sherlock Holmes: The Labyrinth of Death

23 Nov

Written by James Lovegrove, “Sherlock Holmes: The Labyrinth of Death” is set in 1895 and tells the tale of two missing women and a quasi-religious sect obsessed with Ancient Greek myths and rituals.

There is just so much to like about this book. My first and major thought when reading any Sherlock Holmes pastiche is: “What is the relationship between Holmes and Watson like?” In this book, as in Mr. Lovegrove’s other books, the friendship is strong and well-balanced.

The story is absorbing, interesting, and, at times, ventures into Indiana Jones territory. In fact I could easily see this book being made into a Robert Downey Jr/Jude Law ‘Sherlock Holmes’ movie.

Two other things stood out to me. The use of the Dorset dialect is superb, giving a real sense of place to the story. The second one is the character of Hannah Woolfson. In Hannah, Mr. Lovegrove has created a really strong female character who plays a real role in the story. This is one woman who is not simply there as window dressing.

All in all, this book is an excellent read. I highly recommend it.

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