Let me begin by saying I am a fan of the Sherlock Holmes movies but I’ve only read one or two short stories years ago. However, since I do love a good murder mystery I thought this book might be an interesting read.
What I immediately liked about this book was that it is a story within a story. Since I am a writer myself, I was also drawn to the fact that the story deals with writers. The story begins with the lead up to opening night of the play. The play is a Sherlock Holmes adventure that should be a good audience draw for its popular subject. It is also Sebastian McCabe’s, but it is also a newly renovated theater. There’s the usual mayhem of opening night but then everything falls apart when a murder occurs behind the theater. This is like reading act 1, scene 1 and so it goes on.
There is a wonderful cast of eccentric characters from young lovers perplexed by quirky divorced but still infatuated with each other parents; a sexy female doctor named Trixie that isn’t the type of doctor you might think of by the name and a baffled police chief who really needs the sleuthing exploits of the two lead characters who now become modern day Holmes and Dr. Watson.
The dialog in the book is in the style of the old black and white film noirs played so well by Bogart with snappy repartees and red herrings. It is a delight to read and I could almost hear it played out on the silver screen.
If you are not a Holmesian fan, you will still no doubt find this story witty and a fun read. If you are a fan of Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars, you will no doubt also appreciate this story as the author is a devotee of Holmes’ writing as well.