(special thanks to Big Finish for providing me with a review copy!)
It is the long, oppressive summer of 1912. Four months ago the RMS Titanic was lost to the Atlantic. In Europe the drumbeats of war grow louder.
These things have yet to touch Mr Sherlock Holmes who, estranged from Dr Watson, lives in reclusive retirement on the South Downs. The world’s foremost criminal investigator has turned his back on the past, hiding from the world and thinking himself immune to its excesses. Yet he is about to be faced by an old friend, to encounter the most hated man in England and to grapple with the painful implications of the Titanic disaster. More troubling still, he will be forced to try to solve a new and unexpected mystery – one of the most diabolical and fiendish murders with which he has ever been confronted…
STARRING: Nicholas Briggs (Sherlock Holmes), Richard Earl (Dr Watson), J. Bruce Ismay (David Maloney) Mrs Curbishley/Martha (Tracey Childs), Station Master/Senator/Inspector (Toby Longworth)
So, the Titanic, a ship we all know well by now, thank you Mister James Cameron. While, as far as I know, Sherlock Holmes never dealt with anything involving the Titanic in the Doyle stories, he does here, and it’s much to the listener’s benefit.
The idea of Holmes being retired and raising bees is a good jumping-off point for this story, and the idea of Bruce Ismay being haunted by a specter from the Titanic is truly inspired, especially given the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the great ship. The identity of the killer is no surprise whatsoever, but the journey to the solution was quite fascinating and the ending was…interesting. I’m very much looking forward to seeing where it leads.
While the story features the usual excellent acting from Biggs, Earl, etc, I feel that in this case I must also draw special attention to the sound design, which was really, really well done. The sounds of panic on the Titanic are in particular excellent, and really add something great to the experience.
I’ve now heard and enjoyed all of season 2, where even the weaker stories were quite good. I’m very much looking forward to seeing where season 3 goes!
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