Huge thanks to Dave of #thewritereads for letting me join this blog tour.
TITLE: 5 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
BY: Maurice Barkley
GENRE/S: Mystery, Anthology/Collection, Retelling
1 – Extreme danger. Children’s lives are at risk.
2 – Holmes prevents an injustice and triumphs over a greedy family.
3 – A train arrives 3 years late. Only Holmes can solve this one.
4 – Holmes battles blundering politicians and a master criminal.
5 – An elaborate crime with a strange motive.
These stories are also published individually.
I’m a big fan of Sherlock Holmes and last year, I read a collection of essays about things in Victorian England, especially things that we read in the world of Sherlock Holmes. When I read those essays, I realized that I haven’t really read any Sherlock Holmes related stuff. I do watch the films and TV shows adaptations but they’re different things. That’s why I was glad when I was asked to be a part of this blog tour.
As stated, this collection offers five stories, each featuring different crimes and each, of course, an adventure. The stories are told in Dr. Watson’s POV and still, I think his character needed some depth and so does Sherlock’s. That said, I believe the stories are written with a targeted audience already familiar with the personalities, or rather the depth of the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. It’s because if the reader solely relies on these stories to get Sherlock and Dr. Watson’s characters, then you’ll be disappointed. I mean this is a retelling or adaptation, so the author wrote these stories knowing the reader is already familiar with his characters.
Even though I enjoyed reading the stories, I encourage everyone to not expect them to be perfect. The stories are all intriguing, some more than the others but they’re not perfect. I even think the solutions to their predicaments are rather easy. And if you’re too familiar with Sherlock Holmes, especially have seen the numerous adaptations, you might guess the outcomes. But still, I found them intriguing. My favorite is the third story. The one with the train that arrives three years late. That’s really well done and kept me glued to the page.
Overall, I enjoyed this collection and I think they are perfect reads to pass one’s time. No one beats short crime mysteries to pass a lazy afternoon like the one I’m having right now. I read this on the first day of the lockdown of one of the cities in the Philippines because of COVID-19. It’s a lazy day and my anxiety is trying to take over and this book definitely helped me calm and divert my attention from the crisis our world is having.
RATING: 3.5 blissful pages with lilies
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Maurice Barkley lives with his wife Marie in a suburb of Rochester, New York. Retired from a career as a commercial artist and builder of tree houses, he is WRITING and busy reinforcing the stereotype of a pesky househusband. Favorite relaxation is throwing peanuts to squirrels, blue jays, cardinals and chipmunks from his porch. Once he built a doll hair-making machine using an old sewing machine. It worked, but his wife got tired of making Raggedy Ann dolls, so it sits in the garage. You can find him on TWITTER, @MauriceBarkley
Do you like Sherlock Holmes? Have you read this adaptation? What do you think of these adventures? Let’s chat.