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Not Your Usual Take on Sherlock Holmes
on March 29, 2010
When approached by an author to read a new novel, one usually looks to the pile of unread books as a guide as to whether or not to accept another book. When I was asked to read Chris Wood's latest book and first work of fiction, Sherlock Holmes and the Underpants of Death, I gave the invitation a lot of thought. In the end, however, I decided that a novel with "Sherlock Holmes" and "Underpants" in the title deserved a read. I was not disappointed.
Sherlock Holmes and the Underpants of Death
The Mystery of the Hidden Turd
The Problem of the Poultry Affair
The Adventure of the Lingering Stench
The Experience of the Quickest Client
The Conundrum of the Missing . . .
Chris Woods has penned a series of Sherlock Holmes' lesser known (for good reason) mysteries that you will leave you in stitches. The Sherlock Holmes that travels through this novel is not really looking to solve a crime so much as he is looking to make off with your good silver or rifle through your pockets for a few extra pounds. Woods fills in Holmes' time between his more famous cases, such as "A Study in Scarlet" or "The Hound of the Baskervilles," which include some deadly underpants and a "deeply unhygienic menace," among others. If you were looking for good taste, look elsewhere. If, however, you are looking for a rollicking good time and a serious dose of bathroom humor, this book is for you. Ribald, biting wit, and a definite anti-thesis to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, yields a very entertaining look at Sherlock Holmes and Watson (whilst Holmes takes center stage, it is Watson that provides some of the best lines, and action, in this book). The illustrations, and their captions, add to the over-the-top humor. Again, Sherlock Holmes and the Underpants of Death isn't for everyone, but the ones that appreciate such farce will find a very enjoyable novel.
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