I read this book in one afternoon. It was a great little story about a young Victorian era girl who believes that Sherlock Holmes is her father. She travels to London with her cousin to hire him when the cousin’s secret letters are stolen and she becomes the victim of an extortion scheme.
Upon arrival, the heroine is shocked to learn that Mr. Holmes has died in the Rickenbach Falls adventure. She meets his former apprentice and the adventure begins. She goes in disguise to an estate in the country in order to find the culprit and also gets involved in a missing person case.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was atmospheric and well written. I did figure out whodunit before the protagonists but I usually do in these kinds of books. It didn’t take away from my enjoyment though.
I recommend this as a fun, quick read.
I follow Stephen Fry on Twitter. Or, I should say, my alter ego does. Love him- he is so witty. Have loved him since his Jeeves and Wooster days with Hugh Laurie. He’s been tweeting today about filming part two of the new Sherlock Holmes movies by Guy Ritchie. It’s the first day of filming and they’re working at night – he’s cold. So, we know there’s a night scene and it’s cold. What does that get us? Nothing.
Seems Mr. Fry is playing Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft. AND Robert Downey, Jr and Jude Law are reprising their roles.
I loved the first one, except for the chick that played Irene Adler- let’s hope they re-cast her or that she can tone down her modernism for the role better than she did before. Or maybe Irene won’t be in this one.
Can’t wait. Adore the charming Robert Downey, Jr. and the first movie was a fun romp.
So, I went with #1 son to see Sherlock Holmes. It was awesome. Now, I am a MAJOR fan of the Arthur Conan Doyle stories. Read them all over and over as a kid. Love Basil Rathbone as Sherlock- to me he was the epitome of the character- No Jeremy Brett for this gal- now, I DID watch the Jeremy Brett ones and they were ok but he just wasn’t Rathbone. I also enjoyed the one that was called The Young Sherlock Holmes. He was a teen in that one and it was an action adventure almost reminiscent of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom at the end. AND who could forget Gene Wilder in the crazy Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother.
I say all this because I have read some of the on line reviews that talk about how unrealistic this new adaptation is. Seems to me that the “Sherlock snobs” didn’t realize that they were going to see a GUY RITCHIE film. If they wanted a true adaptation, they should have rented a Basil Rathbone or Jeremy Brett movie. THIS WAS GUY RITCHIE, People! You won’t get a staid drawing room flick from this man- Know your director before you go and then grouse all over the internet that you didn’t like it. Please! Geez. Anyway, the only thing I didn’t really care for was the casting of Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler. She just didn’t fit. The actress that played Mary, Watson’s future wife, was spot on. All in all, a good, fun picture.
When Holmes meets Mary, she talks about liking detective stories. She mentions Wilkie Collins and Poe. The detective story was new in that era and Edgar Allen Poe actually wrote the first- The Murders in the Rue Morgue. The Moonstone was by Wilkie Collins and was one of the first, if not the first, to be written in London. My son said I was probably the only one to catch that line in the film. I hope not. But, after all, I am the queen of arcane facts.
Here’s a pic of our boy: The irrepressible Robert Downey Jr as Sherlock Holmes, a fun romp of a flick.