Sherlock Holmes has spoken little on the events following his fall and 'death' at the Reichenbach falls, his miraculous return has always been shrouded deep in mystery .Only the scantest of details has ever been told even to his closest friend Doctor Watson. That is until one fateful Christmas day when Holmes receives a letter which prompts him to finally open up and enlighten his friend on one of the most harrowing and twisted cases he has ever investigated whilst working under the alias of Norwegian Explorer Sigerson during the Christmas of 1893. Reluctantly teaming with his elder slothful brother Mycroft and forming the most unlikely of alliances with 'The Woman' Irene Adler the trio set out to halt a spate of seasonal themed killings that have left a sleepy Sussex village with a fear of the festivities. But will the combined intelligence of the Holmes Brothers and the resourceful Woman be enough to track down the killer and prevent any more killings indeed in time for Christmas? Based on the 2010 Christmas Special of the hit Sherlock Holmes web drama comedy 'No Place Like Holmes'.
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Holmes In Time For Christmas: A Great Hiatus Year Adventure based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This is the first Sherlockian fiction by Mr. Foad that I know of. It is a short novel that takes place during “The Great Hiatus.” This is a lively, amusing tale that occurs while Sherlock is touring England as an actor. He and “The Woman” have been touring together, he as Mr. Sigerson and she as Miss Adler. They seem to enjoy one another’s company but also do not seem to be romantically tangled. Both are taking a rest from their regular lives, using acting to keep themselves occupied. Holmes receives a small package in the mail which sends him into a depressed state. On December 24th of 1899, Watson queries him about the package and Holmes agrees to explain it as his Christmas present to Watson. Holmes tells Watson to come along and he calls for a cab that takes them to the Diogenes Club. It appears that Mycroft is involved in the events represented by the package. The package contained a small book which is a piece of Irene Adler Norton’s diary. Together, Sherlock and Mycroft, with the help of the diary, tell the story of a trio of Christmas murders that all three of them investigated in December, 1893. The story is well-told and enthralling and the characters all act in ways consistent with their personae as revealed in the Canon. The editing is relatively good, with only a sprinkling of neologisms and misplaced apostrophes and commas. The author will, however have to overcome a tendency to drop surreptitious puns like small landmines along the way. Many readers who are not addicted punsters may find them distracting or even corrupting. He must remember why Socrates was condemned, “…for corrupting the minds of the young.” Creating a taste for sneaky puns is definitely a step down that slippery slide. Reviewed by: Philip K. Jones, October, 2013