Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Veiled Detective!


The fascinating Sherlock Holmes pastiche The Veiled Detective purports to be no less than a secret origin of sorts for the great detective. What you think you might know about Holmes and his biographer Watson is undone by the details of this sprawling saga which rumbles through the whole of the career of Arthur Conan Doyle's creation.

It's a hard book to discuss without giving away secrets, but suffice it to say it presents many of the most famous moments in the career from a very different perspective and adds some real spice to tales which are all too familiar to fans of Sherlock Holmes. Moriarty is at the heart of the web which spins an absorbing story of intrigue, of deceit, and of nobility.

David Stuart Davies is clearly a man who knows his Sherlockian lore and brings that knowledge forward to great effect. His storytelling is lean and compelling and the story licks along at a delightful pace. Meet old friends, confront old enemies, and see the world of 221 B Baker Street from a completely new perspective.

Highly recommended.

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