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Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula Paperback – October 1, 2000
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About the Author
Loren D. Estleman is the author of several mystery titles set in Detroit including MOTOR CITY BLUE (0671038982), ANGEL EYES (0671039008), published previously by ibooks. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Holmes and Watson become involved in the Sanguinary Count's attempt to leave Transylvania and make England his home in this fun adventure. Estlemen has written this chronicle, of course, as John H. Watson, M.D. It is Watson's account of Sherlock Holmes' heretofore untold part in the Dracula saga, written to rectify this important omission in Bram Stoker's account, at the specific request of Professor Van Helsing. A sense of fun and adventure saturate the pages of Estlemen's not to be taken too seriously story.
From the moment a ship is discovered off the English coast with no crew remaining except a dead captain with unusual puncture marks on his neck, and a cargo of full of Tranylvanian earth onboard, Holmes and Watson know this is going to be no ordinary case. Reluctant at first to believe in the possibility of vampires, Holmes, and an even more skeptical Watson, are finally forced to accept the existence of the undead.
When the London duo track down the 'Bloofer Lady' through the strange abduction of children who are later found alive, but disoriented from blood loss, the lady in question turns out to be none other than Lucy Westenra. More shocking, however, is their witnessing her impalement by Van Helsing, Harker, and the gang from Bram Stoker's Dracula. Van Helsing is disturbed to discover that the great detective knows much more about he and his companions than he thought. Forced to fill in Holmes on the Dracula legend, Van Helsing dismisses his offer of help nonetheless. Holmes and Watson continue their pursuit alone in this marvelously fun account of the chase.
More than one dangerous encounter with the evil Count ensues as they close in, Watson's beloved wife, Mary, becoming a deadly pawn in a very deadly game. Sherlock Holmes must use all his intellect and cunning to save her life. Watson's bravery and the help of the Baker Street Irregulars play a part in this fast and fun read. A boat chase near the end as Holmes and Watson must thwart Dracula's attempt to flee to America, while saving Mary's life, is a particular highlight and offers light fun for those who go with it. I would definitely recommend this for young adults and radio fans more so than purists. The game is afoot, and time is of the essence for some afternoon fun in this one.
All in all, it was a fun read! I think it could be adapted into an interesting film.
I won't spoil it but there was a wonderful exchange between Watson and Dracula, near the end, that made me smile.
I certainly recommend this book to both Dracula and Holmes fans!
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