- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Titan Books (UK); 01 edition (19 Sept. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1783297166
- ISBN-13: 978-1783297160
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sherlock Holmes - Cry of the Innocents Paperback – 19 Sep 2017
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"The original plot line is refreshing, and the portrayals of the leads are generally faithful to the Sherlock Holmes canon." -- Publishers Weekly"Fresh and engaging" -- San Francisco Book Review
About the Author
Number one bestselling author Cavan Scott has written over 90 books and audio dramas for such popular series as Doctor Who, Star Wars, Highlander, Judge Dredd and Blake s 7. He is also the writer of Titan Comic s Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor and Vikings series."
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This was a well-written and multi-layered adventure story that builds up the tension at a fast pace to reach a dramatic and action-packed climax. Whilst quite complex, the plot never becomes overcomplicated or wanders off-point and the author does a magnificent job of tying together all the loose ends at the end to create a satisfying conclusion. I was particularly impressed by the imagination behind this story, as it contained multiple characters and elements that somehow fit together extremely well and wasn’t at all difficult to read. The ending, in particular, was excellently written and actually quite scary, and whilst I don’t want to give anything away, I thought it was a particularly enjoyable example of how paranormal activities and supernatural goings-on can be explained by pure logic when Sherlock Holmes puts his extraordinary mind to it.
The author has captured the well-known characters of Holmes and Watson extremely well, and their interactions and ‘banter’ make for some entertaining reading. The secondary characters are also all quite interesting and well-constructed, and there are plenty of red herrings and false clues that will keep the reader guessing what is going on until the very end. Whilst the story does take a little while to get going, the majority of this book is engaging and exciting, and extremely difficult to put down. I would definitely recommend this for any mystery fan, who will probably, like me, find themselves spotting clues in hindsight that the author has cleverly hidden in the characters’ speech and in his descriptions of their surroundings.
Overall, I very much enjoyed reading this Sherlock Holmes mystery and would be keen to experience more by this author.
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Holmes and Watson stay at the Bristol Regent, a hotel that is owned by a lady for whom Holmes had solved a case. She seems delighted to have them. Watson learns of the miracle of Edwyn Warwick—a businessman who was said to have an uncorrupted body. also Despite his uncorrupted body, he made the bulk of his money in the slave trade and believed in workers taking what he gave them and be glad they got paid at all. The local businessmen have a secret lodge devoted to making money the Warwick way, minus the slave trade. They have Warwick’s ring and wig on display and his preserved body as well. All three are apparently stolen!
Meanwhile, Holmes is in jail accused of stealing his host’s valuable books! Unable to keep his room at the hotel, Watson is taken in by a member of the lodge, Lord Renshaw. Two other members of the Worshipful League of Merchants are also staying there, Renshaw’s son-in-law Howard Clifford, and his prospective son-in-law, Victor Sutcliffe. The two men could not possibly be more different. Clifford is a tad backward and has a constant stutter. Sutcliffe believes himself to be entitled and his arrogance is readily apparent. Neither are what they seem. Both are definitely followers of Warwick’s plans for gaining riches.
With Holmes now in the jail’s infirmary, having been badly beaten in his cell, Watson is left to fend for himself in solving the crime. That is until Sherringford Holmes, Holmes’ other brother, shows up in Bristol!
The story is well written. There is no lack of action as Watson, Sheringford, and local detective Inspector Tovey try to sort out the mess. Besides the deaths of the priests, there are the missing relics, the attack on Holmes in the jail—and someone seems to want Watson to stop investigating! At times the action is so intense that one can forget who’s who! But in the finale, the threads all come together for a marvelous endgame! The Worshipful League of Merchants has dark plans and they will not be stopped by the cry of the innocents…
I give the book five stars!
Quoth the Raven…
One thing I have noticed in most of the recent pastiches I have read is a tendency to give Holmes the impossible disguise skills of 1930s pulp heroes like THE PHANTOM DETECTIVE. The Phantom could disguise himself as anyone, in a matter of minutes, using a tiny makeup kit that he always carried... duplicating their appearance, mannerisms and voice perfectly, no matter how physically different the person being impersonated might be from the Phantom himself. What we have in this novel is not quite that nonsensical, but it sometimes comes too close to pulp fantasy for comfort.