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1-Extreme danger. Children’s lives are at risk.
2-Holmes prevents an injustice and triumphs over a greedy family.
3-A train arrives 3 years late. Only Holmes can solve this one.
4-Holmes battles blundering politicians and a master criminal.
5-An elaborate crime with a strange motive.
I’m going to hang my head in shame and admit that I have still to read any of the original Sherlock Holmes novels. I’ve seen and adored the TV series with Benedict Cumberbatch and I bought the audio to listen to but I just have never managed to fit them in. After devouring Maurice Barkley’s Sherlock adventures they have just moved to a much higher slot on my pile.
Now the other little birdies on this tour have mentioned many times that reading Barkley’s writing is just like reading a Conan-Doyle novel and I’m going to fully take them at their word.
For me, I was completely transported into the world of Holmes and Watson by the description of life in this era. Hansoms, old London accents and the way of life is just depicted in such a vivid and three dimensional way that it’s easy to be completely sucked in.
Each story is short to read but packed full of sleuthing. The characters of Watson and Holmes are portrayed exactly as I imagined them. Holmes the quirky genius with a brilliant mind and Watson, ever observant and often the more creative when filling in the gaps. I adored their relationship.
Overall I loved these stories and it’s very clear and obvious that Barkley is a real fan. Great care has been taken to preserve the essence of Conan-Doyle’s work and his voice as a writer whilst adding to the collection.
Author Bio – Maurice Barkley
Maurice Barkley lives with his wife Marie in a suburb of Rochester, New York. Retired from a career as a commercial artist and builder of tree houses, he is WRITING and busy reinforcing the stereotype of a pesky househusband. Favorite relaxation is throwing peanuts to squirrels, blue jays, cardinals and chipmunks from his porch. Once he built a doll hair-making machine using an old sewing machine. It worked, but his wife got tired of making Raggedy Ann dolls, so it sits in the garage.