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- Print Length: 244 pages
- Publisher: Titan Books (October 22, 2019)
- Publication Date: October 22, 2019
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07NCQ4WV9
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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It is the week of Christmas and Holmes and Watson find themselves travelling to Fellscar Keep, a wealthy castle by all accounts, to solve a mystery for their young client, Eve Allerthorpe. In a few days, Eve is due to come into her inheritance from an aunt as long as she is found to be of sound mind. A strange appendage to a will but not surprising considering the problems that her mother suffered with, which resulted in her death over a year ago. But Eve is afraid she is going mad because a childhood monster, known locally as the Black Thurrick, is haunting her and she is terrified. Unwilling to believe in myth and legends, Holmes is determined to uncover the truth, and as there is a huge family gathering for Christmas, there are plenty of suspects, but Watson isn't so quick to dismiss the chance of something supernatural. And when a murder is committed, will this be one case that this dynamic duo will have to walk away from, leaving it unsolved?
Roaring to life through James Lovegrove's exquisite descriptions, I felt like I was back in the past at this huge house with this quirky and troubled family, and I never wanted this story to end. Sherlock Holmes and Watson are excellently drawn and I could picture each scene like a movie reel in my mind, making me loathe to put to this story down at any point in my evening. The plot is great and I was delighted and surprised by parts of the story and by the truth behind the drama.
If you love Sherlock Holmes or enjoy historical fiction at all, then you need to read SHERLOCK HOLMES & THE CHRISTMAS DEMON by James Lovegrove. It is truly fantastic!
Eve Allerthorpe believes she's haunted by a demon in the days leading up to Christmas 1890, and if she's not of sound mind she won't inherit her fortune. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson travel to the family manor Fellscar Keep to investigate, and there is more to the case than they were told. Another spirit haunting the family is present, and a member of the household is found dead. At that point, everyone is a suspect.
James Lovegrove has written a number of Sherlock Holmes novels, and has a great grasp of Holmesian language as well as how 1890's London and its environs worked. It pulls you right into that world, so that it feels like a natural extension after reading Doyle's work.
Since it's Christmastime, we open with the apprehension of a thief dressed like Santa before Eve Allerthorpe shows up. Of course Holmes has to deduce things about her before she goes into the stories about Black Thurrick, the demon her anxious mother used to tell her about. The extended family at Fellscar Keep are brusque and shady from the start, essentially making everyone your suspect as you read. The novel progresses, revealing more and more until we get to the conclusion in true Holmesian fashion. It's a mystery in keeping with the Christmas season, complete with Father Christmas cameos, and would be a great gift for any Holmes fan for the season.
Each member of the Allerthorpe has something to hide which makes for some very interesting conversations. There's also the looming fable of Black Thurrick, a Christmas demon that's apparently been sighted at the estate. While there's usually no supernatural elements to Sherlock's adventures, this book leaves that option open. It made for some spooky scenes!
I thought the solution to the mystery is satisfying and the ending is fittingly heartwarming. I read this over Christmas and it was the perfect book to read at the time. If you're a fan of Sherlock Holmes' stories give this a go!
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A wonderful read, I started this book Christians eve and read through till- just checked, it's 5.47 Christmas day. A really UN-put downable book. This past year has been really horrendous for me and I'm not celebrating christmas this year, so thank you for writing a book that for a few hours has made me forget how miserable i have been feeling. Like all of James lovegroves Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson stories I have been transported back to those mist shrouded times when two good friends with honesty and decency go out and find the villains. This story is set at Christmas time and as it used to be at Christmas time in Victorian times is almost? Or is it a? Ghost story. Read and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
This one is boring and uneventful with a final resolution that feels eminently silly...the villains motivation is absolute nonsense.