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Friday, May 30, 2014

The Secret Cases of Sherlock Holmes by Donald Thomas

Blurb (from the jacket):

Donald Thomas combines his expertise as a novelist and criminal historian to give a breand-new twist to the adventures of Conan Doyle's famous creation.

Accompanied as ever by Dr. Watson, Holmes here investigates: The alleged bigamy of King George V... The theft of the Irish Crown Jewels in 1907... The bizarre circumstances of the death of President Faure of France... Such dramas are not fiction but historical reality. 

The investigations described in this volume relate the part played by the great detective in seven major crimes or scandals of the day, some of them too damaging to the monarchy, the government or the security of the nation to be fully revealed at the time. 

Compiled in narrative form by Dr. Watson soon after the great detective’s death, Holmes’s notes have been kept under lock and key at the Public Record Office in Chancery Lane. Now, seventy years later, we can finally open the secret casebook of Sherlock Holmes.

Our take on the book:
We have already read two other books of Donald Thomas.

You can find the other Sherlock Holmes reviews, here...

This is the author's first attempt into writing Sherlock Holmes. I must say, it was pretty visible in his narration, but it felt really intriguing. The Enlish narration was pretty new and I liked it very much.

The small font was pretty nightmarish. It is like baby-ants are sprawled all over the book to narrate the story. I particularly didn't like the look of it.

The cover design was pretty interesting. Of typical, Holmes-era. I would rate the cover design a 4 out of 5.

All of the cases in this book are based on real crimes commited during the time and narrated Watson and Holmes as the lead investigators. Though it might sound challenging, I felt a rather fictional crimes to the story would be more interesting. Only this portrays the author's lack of imagination.

Have two more Sherlock Holmes reads to read. Hope they are more interesting than this one.

A interesting read to Sherlock Holmes fans and Crime/Mystery lovers...



Title: The Secret Cases of Sherlock Holmes

Author: Donald Thomas

ISBN (edition I've read): 9788184955002


Read between: 28-05-2014 to 30-05-2014

Reviewed for: Shrey Mehta

Publishers: Jaico Books

Pages: 276

MRP: ₹ 250

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