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Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, Volume 7 Paperback – February 13, 2015
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Aaron Smith was a young English seaman taken captive on June 29, 1822, by Cuban pirates when his ship was boarded en route from Jamaica to England. He was returning home to marry his fiancee after this final visit the last of many to the West Indies.
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Comprising of 4 rather well-written stories, this is a thrillingly written collection, with good research and proper characterization.
1) Spring-Heeled Jack provides a really thrilling, well-researched story which weaves a legend into a good story, and is worth not only a read, but a re-read to grasp the intricacy and complexity of the plot
2) The Adventure of the Last Biscuit is a deceptively titled case which hides a chilling tale of risk and adventure behind a sweet and casual title
3) The Case of the Rotten Corpse too is a chilling, macabre case which takes a re-read to unravel the finer points
4) The Adventure of the Impossible Angel tops all the other cases in terms of grotesque and risk, and provides an insight into how Watson understood as to why Holmes would not let sentiments act as grit into his fine-tune sensitive apparatus of the mind dedicated to detection
Overall, a serious recommendation to Sherlockian fans and casual readers alike.
I have taken to giving a ***Spoiler Alert*** with my reviews although I went out of my way to keep this one from spoiling any of the four stories. Better safe than sorry!
This is the seventh volume in this exciting series from our friends over at Airship 27. Four more stories of deduction, death, and drama that place Holmes and Watson on high alert and on the scent. The game is afoot!
Our first story, “Spring Heeled Jack” is by series veteran IA Watson.
Holmes becomes involved in an “impossible” case. A soldier has been shot at Aldershot Camp by a sniper who then calmly leaped of the roof; a three story drop he takes without hesitation. He then leaps about five yards in a single bound. When the man is confronted by one of the soldiers, he breathes fire into the soldier’s face and escapes in another bound.
The modus operandi matches that of the legendary Spring Heeled Jack. But why would anyone want to murder survivors of the Boer War; brother soldiers that were all from the same company?
The mystery is handled well and the historical data on Spring Heeled Jack, (a favorite legend of mine) well researched. Top notch writing! Five stars out of five!
This tale is followed by Aaron Smith’s “The Adventure of the Last Biscuit.”
The art of photography was just starting at the time of this investigation. A young couple has vanished from a holiday cabin. Discovered missing by friends, the interior of the cabin is photographed for evidence by chance meeting with a man on the train. The shot that Holmes becomes fixated upon is that of a solitary biscuit perfectly centered upon the table.
A tale of deception and revenge, this story keeps the reader wondering what will happen next. Great work, Aaron! Five out of five stars!
Next comes Alan J Porter’s “The Case of the Rotten Corpse.”
Of all things to start an adventure with Sherlock Holmes, the sense of smell is an unusual choice. Holmes and Watson are investigating the horrible stench that permeates the air of the small village of Dunham Massey. It is the miasma of death, but no one is known to have died recently, and there has been no discovery of a body.
Where there is the scent of death something must be dead and Holmes discovers the hidden corpse. But who is it? And who is this fellow detective that Holmes is almost hero worshiping?
I thought this quite a take on Holmes having someone who thinks on his level to work with. The toll this takes on Watson is considerable. It is a fine mystery, but the interaction between the characters makes it a great one. Well done, good show! Five stars out of five!
The last story is in my humble opinion, the jewel of this collection. Author Greg Hatcher gives us “The Adventure of the Impossible Angel.”
I hesitate to say anything about this tale, it is just masterful, and would easily be spoiled. Suffice to say that it is a sequel of sorts to one of the short stories in the cannon. There are two murders that nearly match Jack the Ripper for furiosity. And there is a twist in the case that truly shows that Greg Hatcher has written a masterpiece! Worth more than five stars out of five, this tale ends the book with a resounding crescendo!
Another volume in the growing Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective series; another true diamond for your viewing pleasure!
Quoth the Raven