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One of the best Sherlock Holmes derivatives,
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This review is from: Dead Man's Land (Kindle Edition)
I have only just discovered the vast majority of Arthur Conan Doyle copycat writers (although I read House of Silk which was very good a year ago). This book benefits by distancing itself a little from 221b Baker St and avoids the temptation to write stories that were only mentions in Holmes literature. These attempts I find slip up all too easily because they use phraseology that is too modern or too American or are just too sloppily written to stand judgement against ACD. Having picked up Holmes for the first time aged 21 I found it a world I dived into and couldn't get stop until I had read his last line. About 10 years ago I re-read them and loved them even more, but beyond watching every Holmes film or TV series - for which in my book Jeremy Brett has no peer - I am not a Holmes 'nerd' as such. So, rambling over. This book is a must-read. it is brilliantly written, gives a histrocial lesson in the reality of the trenches, particularly the work of the nurses, as well as giving a fine detective tale that has enough twists and turns and keeps enough facts from the reader to make solving the crime pure guesswork. I heartily recommend it.