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An Opened Grave: Sherlock Holmes Investigates His Ultimate Case Paperback – September 25, 2006
Top Customer Reviews
Die-hard mystery fans may be initially disappointed when the famous duo finds a time-machine which enables them to experience the time of Christ firsthand. However, James has used the unlikely scenario as an artful vehicle and unique platform on which to base the logical debates between Watson and Holmes as they experience beliefs and miracles in modern England and the ancient Middle East. James' ability to present both sides of each debate is admirable.
While An Opened Grave is entertaining, the book's debates are what will stay with his readers long after they have put the book down.
Reviewed by Marjorie Smith
You need not worry that this is a heavy-handed book on theology, however. There is a story to tell of how Sherlock and Watson manage to get transported back in time, how they manage to survive once they get there (barely!), and how they get back without damaging the space-time continuum too much. I liked the interplay between Holms and Watson, the villians, and even the character of Jesus Himself. There was lots of mystery and humor to spice up the tale. It was, of course, written in the syle of Sir Author Conan Doyle.
It was a fun story and I felt a little better off for having read it.
We have given this book to several agnostic friends and family members who love to read fiction. The fictional device is excellently handled by Frank James in communicating the gospel. It deals honestly with the arguments against belief and delivers the redemptive message in an inviting way. I read another review on this book that stated that it is really two books in one---both fiction and non-fiction, because is investigates the resurrection of Jesus so well.
Congratulations, Mr. James, write some more books like this one.
It may seem like an unlikely plot for a story about Holmes, however the style leaves both Holmes and Watson as pure as any purist would want them to be. Holmes has an experience that causes him to feel duty bound to investigate whether there was a Jesus Christ who rose from the dead and is the Son of God. So Holmes takes an unwilling Watson to the past. The only weak part was the time machine bit, but this was a necessity for the great detective to be able to investigate the crucifiction and resurrection first hand. (The time machine seems similar to the one H.G. Wells designed for his time travel novel.)
What makes the story strong is the discourse between Holmes, who uses logic and his brilliant powers of deduction, and Watson, who uses every argument we have heard in the past by agnostics, atheists and new agers.
When you have Sherlock Holmes on the job you may be sure that no stone is left unturned to determine the truth about Christ.
For those who want pure action and adventure there is plenty of that with villains of every description and Holmes and Watson have to struggle many times for their own survival.
Now the problem is I may have to purchase a second book. I can't decide whether this belongs in my Sherlock Holmes or my Christian book collection. I do know I will encourage others to read it, especially those who might doubt the truth about our Lord.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For a non-Doyle work, it was well done with an evangelical tilt to it which was fine. It was more of laying out the case for Jesus being the Son of God. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kenneth Shawver
Poor philosophy, so-so novel 2*
An Opened Grave: Sherlock Holmes investigates his ultimate case
by L. Read more
The author is not bad at writing, and does a nice job of copying Doyle's style.
However, he decides to make his religious point by placing Holmes and Watson on rail for... Read more
I love Sherlock Holmes stories but "Oh dear" I thought when I unwrapped the parcel from Amazon, it's a Sherlock Holmes story by an American Christian fundy. Read morePublished on April 28, 2011 by Simon Ball The Horror Hothouse
I was shocked when I found this book on Amazon, A Christian Sherlock Holmes novel? It is not the best pastiche written on the Holmes cannon but for certain I have read worse! Read morePublished on July 28, 2010 by john watson bruce
Bad writing, cliched, boring. Barely made it to the end. Doesn't even deserve one star.Published on January 9, 2010 by I. Zawilski
I did not care for this book. One important test of any Holmes pastiche is the believability of the story. Read morePublished on January 8, 2009 by Amazon Customer
This a not a true Sherlock Holmes mystery, It is a poor way of pushing right wing Christian beliefs,Published on August 13, 2008 by Joanne Bales
Sherlock Holmes is more real to me than "Jesus Christ" is. There is no historic proof of Jesus' existence. Zero.Published on July 20, 2008 by Santos Sparky