Unquiet Spirits

Unquiet Spirits

A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

Book - 2017
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London. December 1889. Fresh from debunking a "ghostly" hound in Dartmoor, Sherlock Holmes has returned to London, only to find himself the target of a deadly vendetta. A beautiful client arrives with a tale of ghosts, kidnapping and dynamite on a whisky estate in Scotland, but brother Mycroft trumps all with an urgent assignment in the South of France. On the fabled Riviera, Holmes and Watson encounter treachery, explosions, rival French Detective Jean Vidocq ... and a terrible discovery. This propels the duo northward to the snowy highlands. There, in a "haunted" castle and among the copper dinosaurs of a great whisky distillery, they and their young client face mortal danger, and Holmes realizes all three cases have blended into a single, deadly conundrum. In order to solve the mystery, the ultimate rational thinker must confront a ghost from his own past. But Sherlock Holmes does not believe in ghosts ... or does he?
Publisher: London : Collins Crime Club, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780008201081
0008201080
9780008129729
000812972X
Characteristics: xiii, 497 pages ; 25 cm.

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May 31, 2018

Excellent, respectful to the style and tone of the original. Very well done.

CMLibrary_gjd May 08, 2018

A fast paced mystery involving family secrets and a rotating cast of characters. If you like your mysteries with plenty of atmosphere, you’ll enjoy this book. The author takes quite a chance on expanding background elements of Holmes’ life before Watson, which is a very nice addition to the Holmes cannon.

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JBFARRELL Sep 16, 2017

This is the second book by the author in a Sherlock Holmes and Watson series. I haven't read the previous book and I wont bother to.

I generally enjoy any Holmes books that fit the canon and this one does. Or at least it does not particularly disagree with it. Trying to avoid any spoilers I would say that the plot depends on a backstory, discovered by Watson, of Holmes having had a tragic love story when young with a character totally different from "the one".

My problem with the book is; with the plot, which is extremely convoluted with various largely disconnected sub-plots, the non canonical characters who are all (including Holmes' clients) corrupt, venal, deceitful, and criminal, and the canonical characters. Mycroft is a blunt instrument, Watson is as susceptible to the ladies as ever but apparently struggling with a gambling problem which is occasionally mentioned but never expanded on and Holmes is not particularly sharp and displays neither wit nor acumen. The mysteries are wound up by various acts of violence over which Holmes and Watson have little or no effect.

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