Softer Edged Sherlockian Tale,
This review is from: Sherlock Holmes at the Raffles Hotel (Adventures of Sherlock Holmes) (Paperback)
A pleasant, lightweight, easy to read and slim novel which perhaps owes more to Agatha Christie than it does to the Great Detective.
Sherlock Holmes is dragged out of retirement by Watson to deal with a small problem at the Raffles hotel in Singapore. When he arrives he find himself dealing with a murder based around the ex-pat community in Singapore all of whom are more likely to be characters in an Hercule Poirot story, not a Sherlock Holmes book.
I can't say I didn't enjoy this novel - it is an affable situation crime, competently written. However, where I take issue is that Sherlock Holmes was much too reasonable and pleasant. The real character is a dark individual with a hard edge; here we have a character that comes across as a favourite uncle. That doesn't make a bad character, but it's not Sherlock Holmes. There are some noticeable 'wrongs,' with this Sherlock as well. Sherlock Holmes does not debate with others and guess, or deal in 'possibilities.' He is a positive character of total self belief and arrogance.
The actual story is average. It bimbles on offending no-one and challenging nothing. A Sunday afternoon feel you might say.
My summation is that this is a reasonable way to while away an hour or two on a train but it does not capture the essence nor the brilliance of Sherlock Holmes. In a small way it demonstrates the genius of Mr. Doyle who gave such depth to a fictional character without alienating all but the most literary.