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4.0 out of 5 stars Capital, Watson...., 1 April 2013
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This review is from: Sherlock Holmes and The Case of The Edinburgh Haunting (Kindle Edition)
I enjoyed this. A good old fashioned Sherlock Holmes yarn. I am not a scholar of the canon; I simply enjoy the characters, the mystery and style and period in which the stories are written.

I was drawn to this book as a born and bred native of Edinburgh and the familiarity of the location gave the story a personal edge that I do not normally associate with Holmes & Watson adventures. However, that familiarity also raised an eye brow now and again. In one instance, a hansom is hailed to take two characters from Melville Street to Charlotte Square. It's actually only a distance of about 300 yards! Minor stuff though and inconsequential to anyone not from the city.

The story itself has an abundance of insidious Victorian characters and all the usual hallmarks including Holmes in disguise and Watson's trusty revolver.

There are a few chapters where the initial first person narrative jumps to the third person when Dr Watson is otherwise engaged and I can appreciate why it was done. However, normal Holmes stories often relied on Watson obtaining the information 2nd or 3rd hand and narrating it accordingly. This may have been a preferred option. However, it did not detract from my enjoyment of the book. It was immediately noticeable though.

All in all, a good adventure if not a classic. All necessary ingredients were in place and the story was well paced and never uninteresting. And the Victorian contrasts of poverty and wealth in Scotland's capital are well researched. If you're not a scholarly nit-pick, enjoy it for what it is. Good fun.
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