Sherlock Holmes, originally the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is a consultant who uses logical reasoning and unorthodox methods to assist Scotland Yard in solving crimes. In this tale, Watson narrates as the notorious Professor Moriarty begins to toy with them and the popular Irene Adler.
I love Sherlock Holmes. He is fantastic and brilliant. He is sharp and witty. That is, when he is written by Sir Arthur. At best, this is story is mediocre fan fiction with an element of steam punk. For those who felt there needed to be an actual romance between Holmes and Adler, your wish has been granted.
BUT!! If you are like me, and prefer the characters as they were originally written then this book is not for you. Chanot makes Holmes seem incredibly rude and Watson ridiculously dim-witted. Now I know that Watson is not as smart as Holmes and that Holmes can be arrogant and slightly condescending but something just did not sit right with me when it came to the ultimate fictional bromance. In fact, there wasn’t really any bromance between the two in this book. Holmes was just too infatuated with Adler. In my opinion, Chanot takes the characterization too far.
At times, it felt like the author was trying to hard to replicate the original style. It just wasn’t working. The whole story was just too predictable, losing several points. The original works appealed to me so much because they were unpredictable. You could guess straight away that it would eventuate in either Holmes being framed or being led into a trap of some sort.
I will not hold back. I was disappointed. As a huge Sherlock Holmes fan, I have enjoyed the countless remakes, even when the authors are liberal, but this just didn’t cut the mustard.
TITLE: The Misadventure of Sherlock Holmes
AUTHOR: Giles Chanot
GENRE: Mystery, Steam Punk, Adult Fiction
PLATFORM: I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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