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Published by Thistle Publishing on January 25, 2018
Genres: Anthology, Crime, Mystery, Short Story
Christopher Sherlock Webster always blamed his Holmes-obsessed father for burdening him with an embarrassing middle name. He spent his school days desperately trying to live it down.Amazon •
But after his old man prematurely dies, Christopher finds that he has somehow inherited the very same obsession...
Teaming up with Mo Rennie, a marketing-conscious pal, he starts up an agency called Baskerville's, which specialises in the application of rigorous Holmesian method.
Here are five bizarre adventures from the files - a sumptuous feast upon which the gastronome of crime may gorge.
- A young beautician is stalked by a haunting stranger through the narrow streets of Cambridge. Yet he possesses love letters from the girl, ostensibly in her handwriting. How come?
- A science journalist disappears while investigating UFO sightings in Wiltshire. But is the explanation earthly or supernatural?
- When a pornographer receives death threats online he arranges protection 24/7. Will it work?
- A pop diva's boyfriend is kidnapped twice by animal rights extremists. Should the ransom be paid again?
- Everything in the garden seems rosy when a millionaire widower meets Miss Perfect through a dating agency. But the lady soon starts to behave oddly. Should the wedding plans be shelved?
This book is a series of five cases – short stories – led by Christopher Sherlock Webster and his long time friend Mo Rennie. The idea of the book was intriguing and pulled me in immediately, but it didn’t play off as well as I thought it would.
Mo pulls “Sherl” into the idea of using his middle name and his love of mystery solving to opening up a detective agency based around the infamous Sherlock Homes, decorating their office in Victorian era bobbles and even giving Sherl a wardrobe complete with deerstalker- all in order to market their business. Not such a bad idea!
The cases themselves were not that bad. They were mostly believable, sometimes predictable, and sometimes not solved in time. I liked the idea that Sherl isn’t as much of a genius as his namesake and Mo is more focused on marketing than crime solving. It separates them as individual characters and not incarnations of Sherlock and Watson.
What I didn’t like was that the characters didn’t have a life of their own. They fell flat when it came to any type of growth or development. Both characters are new to detective work, but seeing a dead body, being chased, or having a gun pulled on them doesn’t effect them for long. Especially with Mo, I would have liked to have seen more second thoughts or maybe a greater resolve for the job, not a continuation of the same attitude.