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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sherlock Holmes A Death in Venice and other cases by Ted Riccardi (Jaico Sherlock Holmes Series)

Blurb (from the jacket):

After a thrilling jaunt in the Far East, Holmes and Watson return to England to address an inheritance left by one of Watson’s relatives in Cornwall, half of which is entrusted to Sherlock Holmes. 

Financially secure, the two are now free to spend as much time on Baker Street and the Continent as they please, and the duo find themselves as comfortable in Rome on the banks of the Tiber as they do on the Thames. As Holmes rationalizes and ratiocinates his way through adventure after adventure, from The Case of Two Bohemes to A Singular Event in Tranquebar, it is all in a day’s work, until clues surface that his great nemesis, Professor James Moriarty, might still be alive...

“There’s no way to dance around it: Ted Riccardi’s work is absolutely brilliant. It is as if he is channeling Conan Doyle. Once you’re a few pages into these stories, you would swear that these were newly discovered manuscripts, unearthed by Conan Doyle’s estate. I had the feeling that I had stumbled upon some pulp magazines in an alternate universe where Conan Doyle was still writing. Riccardi has it all down—the cadence, the language, everything. He doesn't try to subtly update Holmes for the modern audience, either. It is as if each and every tale was written at the turn of the century, and not the twenty-first."

My take on the book:
This is one of the various Sherlock Holmes fan-fictions sent by Jaico Publishers. For other Sherlock Holmes fan-fictions, click here...

For other books by Ted Riccardi, click here...

Having read so many Holmes' fan-fictions, I can't think anything new to say about the book. Instead I try to compare this one with the earlier ones that we have read.

Dr. Watson's introduction lays out the stage for the story to progress. Compromising of 12 novella this novel had left me gasping at the end. The monotony of the author's tone was very discouraging. Had I not have received this book for reviewing, I would have given it up midway. However, I don't imply that this book is not good. Well, being boring and being not good is two entirely different views, if you look at it closely.

The stories were pretty thrilling. Ted has his way with mysteries, I agree. But they are interesting. The English used in the story becomes so lagging that it becomes hard for readers like me to get through.

Most of the stories in the volume are based in Italy and I love the cover picture. The Mountain of Fear is my favourite story as it has got many secret aspects of Holmes being shared.

Overall, it was a mediocre read and the opinion differs certainly from reader to reader...



Title: Sherlock Holmes A Death in Venice and other cases

Author: Ted Riccardi

Series: Jaico Sherlock Holmes Series

ISBN (edition I've read): 9788184955026


Read between: 17-07-2014 to 19-07-2014

Reviewed for: Shrey Mehta

Publishers: Jaico Books

Pages: 317

MRP: ₹ 275

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