- Author Robert Ryan
There’s a natural nervousness that you feel when reading a book that uses much loved characters from previous works, and this book gave me that feeling. I needn’t have worried though. It’s a book that follows Dr Watson on his travels to France during the First World War, after his adventures with Sherlock Holmes.
It’s very well written, reminiscent of the style of Conan Doyle, and it gets across the horrors and ravages of war incredibly vividly. There’s a war going on, but a crime to be investigated as well, and despite his reluctance, Watson is drawn into it from the very beginning.
I enjoyed the book, particularly as there are references to Sherlock Holmes and then appearances from the great man himself, but never overshadowing the main event. For once, Holmes’ great mind takes a back seat because there is a bigger battle being fought.