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- Print Length: 99 pages
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- Publisher: 18thWall Productions (April 13, 2016)
- Publication Date: April 13, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01E886IDC
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A Study in Grey (Sherlock Holmes: The Science of Deduction Book 4) Kindle Edition
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In addition, that supernatural world extends the one found in William Hope Hodson’s collection Carnacki, the Ghost-Finder. Grant masterfully weaves together these two seemingly dissonant fictional realms: the “no ghosts need apply” world of Sherlock Holmes and Carnacki’s, where ghosts not only apply — they prove worthy of the job. As the title suggests, A Study in Gray takes readers to that cloudy middle-ground between Holmesian and Carnackian realities.
Perhaps for this reason, Grant’s novella is a bit subtle in its use of the supernatural. True enough, the lead detective, Blake, can sense things psychically from physical objects — but it’s really his legwork and experience that help him through the case. Jessop is the stronger psychic, and this does play a key role when she gleans that something is terribly amiss while someone else is conducting a séance. One or two additional unearthly elements appear along the way.
But there are no irksome demons, no unprincipled vampires, and no ill-mannered werewolves with which to contend. The evil mostly comes from humans. Living humans, that is. And Holmes is well-prepared for such matters.
In fact, the connections between “The Illustrious Client” and this work are what I enjoyed most. The names have been changed, traceable to Watson’s poetic licentiousness — if not to Grant’s desire to avert legal harassment from the ever-overzealous Arthur Conan Doyle Estate. It becomes a fun game to figure out that Doyle’s Baron Grunuer is Grant’s Count von Alten, Violet de Merville is now Constance Fitzsimmon, and one or two more. It’s all very fitting because Grant’s mystery is very much one of dubious identities, false names, and masks.
That said, one weakness of A Study in Gray is its sheer quantity of names. The cast of characters is very large, and I found myself struggling to sort out who all is whom here. Of course, a reader expects a wide assortment of suspects, but Blake’s back-up is almost as plentiful. (Okay, so Usher and Daisy work with Blake at the office while Jessop and Dotson work with him on cases — until Corey and Fitch join in, too. Oh, the ease of having just one Watson and the occasional Lestrade!) This was only a slight annoyance, though. The plot, on the other hand, is wonderfully wind-y and holds steady at the right level of complexity.
For those who share my enjoyment of Holmes’s dealing with quirky criminals and his debunking of the supernatural as much as they enjoy the truly occult occult detective cross-genre, I cheerfully recommend A Study in Gray.
This particular case revolves around a high ranking British official who's been taking military advice from his deceased son during a series of seances he's been regularly attending. With war on the horizon, there is concern someone may be using these sittings to garner classified information from him.
The story mixes action, intrigue, and mystery with touches of horror to it. Its dialog and descriptions do an excellent job setting the proper mood for the time period during which it's set. My only minor quibble has to do with the number of characters involved. Being that it's a mystery, a lot of characters are necessary to create a pool of suspects, but I did find myself occasionally struggling to remember who some of them were. Ultimately, it wasn't enough to prevent me from enjoying the the overall story. I have a particular fondness for the scenes set during the seances, as well as the descriptions of the creepy, mask-wearing Count Von Alten, whose past has led to Sherlock Holmes interest in the case. So, if you're in the mood for a mystery involving psychic agents and eerie seances set in Edwardian England, A STUDY IN GREY, should be right up your alley.
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