Review of Sherlock Holmes, The Outstanding Mysteries

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Author : Gerard Kelly

“Sherlock Holmes: The Outstanding Mysteries” by Gerard Kelly is another pastiche that deals with humorous and mysterious stories of Sherlock Holmes.This book is a compilation of thirteen stories where each story maintain its own niche and feeds the reader mind well with its exquisite riddles.

As the back cover says ‘ It has been argued that Sherlock Holmes is more famous, worldwide, than William Shakespeare and there is evidence to support the claim. The great detective is, almost certainly, the most famous fictional character of all time, and in this, the latest collection of his adventures from Doctor Watson’s old tin dispatch box, the mysteries range from the poignant tragedy of novice nun Jane Stiles to the thrilling race against time as Holmes battles to secure a fabulous legacy for his young client Andrew Newton. From the brutal serial killer known as The Mayfair Strangler to Holmes’ gruesome encounter with Catacausis Ebriosis or Spontaneous Human Combustion. From the locked-room mystery of Alexander Cavendish’s demise to the ruthless cunning of The Peddler of Death, Holmes needs all his deductive powers to unravel the clues and bring the guilty to justice. This compilation, comprising a Baker’s (street) Dozen of his adventures, re- creates the gas-lit, fog-enshrouded world of Victorian London as once more Sherlock Holmes
urges, ‘Come, Watson, the game’s afoot!’

The book has a shiny jacket displaying wonderful cover design and an attractive title.Also, the synopsis at the back serves it goal well and can pull any reader to grab the book and start reading it.

A simple writing fashion has been adopted by the author and a comfort layer has been provided for the readers to grasp more out of this book and to understand completely what author wants to tell.Good and witty conversations also add charm to this book.

All the stories play their role well but I advice you to read them in the given series as written as some of the stories are interconnected so you might miss the fun ,if not read in series.All the stories are balanced and sprinkled with mystery, riddles and fun and along with that there are more flavors to taste.

It will be a comple entertaining pack; specially for those who are an ardent reader of Sherlock Holmes series.No doubt, the book is written with humour and it does justice with the title.A one time read for sure and recommended to all mystery lovers out there.

Rating : 4.6/5

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

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