I hope Molly Carr won’t mind me reproducing her very kind review of my book here on my blog. I live for such positive feedback and really appreciate her remarks. G. Kelly
Molly Carr’s 9th August 2011 review of;
THE OUTSTANDING MYSTERIES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
Those fans of Sherlock Holmes (and they would appear to be in the majority) who dislike any deviation from the canonical style of the original detections will love this book. The reader can almost hear Sherlock himself speaking from the comfort of his armchair by the fire in Baker Street. The stories are good. Some of them are very good: and all are enhanced by the author’s own illustrations. While these lack the tautness of Sidney Paget, their fuzzy outlines give them an eldritch quality, which is quite pleasing, and one is used with great effect on the cover of what is a very well-produced article. Something which we have come to expect from this publisher. My favourite story is perhaps the very short ‘The Mysterious Disappearance of the Good Ship Alicia’, if one accepts that a whole vessel and its crew can become buried in the sand. The research here is familiar, and not so self-consciously ‘clever’ as in some of the other tales. Codes abound for Sherlock to solve, and riddles – some well known, others invented by the writer, and all making ‘The Musgrave Ritual’ seem very small beer indeed. There are investigations which sound positively Dickensian, and one at least which is not for the squeamish or for the recently bereaved. Altogether a good buy!