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Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective Volume 5 Paperback – December 8, 2013
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This is the latest book in this exciting on-going series from Airship 27
First of all comes “The Adventure of the Other Man”, from the pen of Chuck Miller.
Scandal in Baker Street! Sherlock Holmes has been seen kissing a married woman! He has also threatened her husband in a public tirade on the couple’s own property! And Lestrade has no recourse but to toss a drunken Holmes in gaol.
Why is the detective acting so strangely? Why does Watson believe Holmes is guilty, based on Holmes’ past? The reader will have to discover all of that for his or her self. I feel I have said too much already, but not really as this occurs within the first few pages of the story. Solid five out of five for this engaging tale.
Next we encounter “The Adventure of the Stolen Centennial” by Aaron Smith.
A man who is seeking to live to be 100 is cut short by poisoning one month from the actual birthday. His closest friend near the same age is suspected, but the poison is an extremely rare concoction known as “Blue Eternity.” At stake seems to be a map of a hidden treasure somewhere in the interior of Peru.
What could make a man who has been friends with the victim for over sixty years to kill him? Was he coerced? Was he mad? Was he avenging an old injury? The reader will find the answers in this exciting story. Another solid five for five! Excellent!
Third on the list is the IA Watson story, “The Abominable Merridew.” This story is mentioned by Dr Watson in “The Adventure of the Empty House.”
The story is told in journals of Sebastian Moran relating the finding of Professor Moriarty and the writings of Dr Watson recording Holmes side of the problem.
Many criminals have been tracked down by Holmes and Watson, some of them extremely depraved. But what could be so bad about Merridew that even Colonel Moran calls him an “abomination?”
The story winds through a maze of espionage, murder, and a storyline masterful in its excellence. Somehow an old woman who gives abortions, Moriarty, Moran, an old locksmith, Watson, Holmes and Merridew all come together in this page turner the reader won’t want to lay down before finishing it! On a scale of five this story rates a ten!
The book winds up on the Andrew Salmon tale, “The Adventure of the Invisible Assassin.”
Sherlock Holmes is dying. Investigating the death of a cabinet minister, he has been caught in a fire and suffers from smoke inhalation, but instead of getting better, he gets worse. Something was hidden in that smoke; something invisible that now has Holmes’ life endangered.
This story is a classic romp of espionage, the Foreign Office, Mycroft Holmes, old and new enemies and winds the volume up on a definite high note. Solid five out of five story.
Of all five volumes of The Consulting Detective Series, I recommend this as the best.
Quoth the Raven…
In other reviews I have noted that for the most part the Holmes/Watson stories available tend to be pretty good. Others, to my mind, are sufficiently excellent that all i need see is a particular writer's name and the offering goes into the shopping cart without further ado. The Airship27 Hanger books are now in that category and I anxiously await the next offerings.