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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE CASE OF THE EXPLODING SPEAK EASY BY DAVE FESSENDEN

Sherlock Holmes is dead but his legacy lives on. Thomas Watson, the son of Dr. Watson, Sherlock Holmes’ friend and co-sleuth, is a young writer of obit columns longing to become a full-fledged journalist. He resides in Philadelphia and has just learned he is to inherit his recently deceased father’s modest estate. Young Watson happens to be in the vicinity of a Speakeasy which blows up, killing a card-playing underworld figure and his cohorts. He’s left to solve the crime and prove the innocence of Basil the butler. Sherlock’s older brother, Mycroft, turns up and the team of Holmes and Watson is reborn.

If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes mysteries, you’ll enjoy this story as Fessenden does a good job staying true to the form and methods of the original book series.  I give it four out of five stars.



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