Review of Sherlock Holmes, The Outstanding Mysteries



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

Review of Sherlock Holmes: The Whitechapel Vampires


Author : Dean P TurnBloom

“Sherlock Holmes: The Whitechapel Vampires” by Dean P Turnbloom, as the name suggests has an additional character of Vampire.This book comes out with a difference in storyline along with the blend of mystery.

As the back cover says ‘ In this fast-paced novel set in the Victorian London, a string of heinous murders in London’s East End has Inspector Abberline of Scotland Yard baffled and his boss, Commissioner Sir Charles Warren furious that no arrests have been made of the culprit the newspapers have dubbed “Jack the Ripper”. With pressure for an arrest mounting, a reluctant Abberline calls on Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson for assistance. Using a combination of intuition, luck, and good old-fashioned police work, the trail they follow leads them directly to Baron Antonio Barlucci. The wealthy Italian financier is a long time family friend of Sir Charles and a ruthless vampire. His trail of blood stretches from Paris to London and if he’s not captured soon an innocent young Italian immigrant will swing from the gallows for a murder he didn’t commit. The baron, though, has other plans. He’s come to London to enlist the aid of a young American, Dr Alan Tremaine, to cure his vampirism. To complicate matters, the baron has fallen in love with Sir Charles’s niece, Abigail Drake. Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts, “Jack the Ripper” aficionados and fans of old school vampires will find something to love in this meticulously researched novel that dares cross multiple genres.’

The lustorous cover invites reader’s attention and the inviting title made it more attentive.Storyline is good enough to spend some time with and is also implemented in a nice way. Along with suspense this book also serves romance that creates its own niche making this book more charming and interesting. Some facets of the story are really very-well imaginative and handsomely portrayed.

The story is a blend of vampires ,Jack the riper with all time greatest detective Sherlock Holmes.This new figment in Sherlock Holmes series brings a new charm in the story.The concept of vampire that has been added in this book gains the credit to grab my attention.At some places,author has done a commendable job to create the suspense. The story paces up in an constant manner that keeps the readers interest alive. The characterization is very good.It was easy for me to picturize the events as the narration fashion of the author is friendly in nature.

About the downfalls of the book: The real essence of Sherlock Holmes series is to some extent is missing.The highly imaginative mystery(as found in the other series) is amiss in this book and some events could be predicted easily and it comes out as thought or predicted.Also, I found some of the facets of the story unclear or confusing.

All in all, an enjoyable read where one would find something new in Sherlock’ s detective series.Also, for the one who loves to read Vampire’s story, this book could be very entertaining.One time read.A good effort.

Rating: 4/5

Reviewer: Shweta Kesari