It was some time before Sherlock Holmes recovered from the
events of late 1871. Physically, it took many months; mentally,
it took many years. He was bound by both a promise to the
living and a commitment to honour the dead, and being so
bound he set the full force of his will to rebuilding the shattered
pieces of his life. Yet some times will alone is not enough.
Sherlock Holmes had too many adventures and went through
too many changes in the nine years between Violet’s loss and
his first meeting with Dr. Watson to tell the story in a single book.
So the sequel to The Crack in the Lens became a trilogy. Part I
of The Consulting Detective Trilogy follows Sherlock to the
University of Cambridge and tells the story of his decision to
become a detective, his first few cases, and his early training.
About the Author
was in high school. Since then she has corresponded with a number of
Sherlockians around the world. She is currently the “Chief Surgeon” of
Dr. Watson’s Neglected Patients, a scion of the Baker Street Irregulars
located in Denver, Colorado. She is also a member of the Hounds of the
Internet and the Hudson Valley Sciontists. She wrote two “scholarly”
Sherlock Holmes articles in the mid-1980s which were published in
the Baker Street Journal and are cited in The New Annotated Sherlock
She also has several other fiction and non-fiction projects in the
works and is finishing production a movie set in 18th century England
based on Alfred Noyes’ poem The Highwayman.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the next story in a young Sherlock Holmes series that Darlene A. Cypser is writing. This follows up right after the end of "The Crack in Lens" and goes through the whole events of Sherlock Holmes at university. I really enjoyed the first story and was very happy to here that Darlene Cypser was going to be writing more about this young Sherlock Holmes. So after reading this one, I am glad to see, that this one is just as great. It is a very fast pace book that by the time you reach the end, you just don't want it to end. I can't wait to see what the next two volumes are going to be like.
This is the second of Ms. Cypser’s biographical series on Sherlock Holmes. It begins immediately following events in her earlier book, "The Crack in the Lens." This book covers Sherlock’s experiences at university, specifically at Sydney Sussex College at Cambridge University. This book does not have the dark overtones of the first volume, but it does depict Sherlock attempting to deal with the immense trauma he suffered as a teen. Looked at in retrospect, this book is remarkable. While reading it, there seems to be action proceeding all the time, but after it is finished, the reader realizes that the ‘action’ was mostly internal. Events occur, but most of the narrative is taken up with Sherlock’s reactions and adaptations to those events. Again, while reading, worlds of possibilities open up and all sorts of consequences become possible, but really, only fairly normal things actually occur. It is a truly remarkable narrative that rings with possibilities and yet makes the events described seem to be natural outcomes of the situations. This makes it difficult to review. I could say that the action is riveting, as it was, but there is really little action. I could say that the characters are fascinating, which they are, but most appear and then disappear, leaving their interactions with Sherlock as the only evidence of their existence. The relationship between Sherlock and Mycroft remains the same as it ever was, but it seems fuller and richer as we learn of how they shared experiences and learned from one another. So it is with the entire book. Sherlock learns to cope with stress and guilt, he learns to react to the world and he learns about himself. Sherlock’s relations with his parents and his brothers are looked at a bit more closely, but they remain much the same as before. Sherlock’s relations with the world, on the other hand, grow and develop. He learns to participate more and to observe without judging so deeply. He also learns how to learn. The process is painful, but so is any growth. The Sherlock who leaves Cambridge at the end of this book is far different than the one who arrived. He is not yet a ‘finished tool’ but he has the process well in hand. Most of the details have been made fascinating by the author, so the book is a very ‘good read.’ Reviewed by: Philip K. Jones, June 2012