- Author Anthony Horowitz
I can imagine that fans of Sherlock Holmes were a bit concerned when this book came out, a book approved by the Doyle estate and an official entry into the Sherlock canon. I thought it was done really well. It had all the tone and feel of the originals, certainly the writing style was an homage to but not a direct copy of Doyle’s work.
The story was a sprawling one, two crimes interlinked with only Holmes and his trusty sidekick and biographer Watson able to make the connections and solve the mysteries. Well, mostly Sherlock actually. Watson takes up his more traditional role of relating the story to us, as it was revealed to him, which means not really knowing what’s going on until the very end.
I liked it, as it reminded me of the better Sherlock stories, not those where the hero goes missing for chapters at a time. It was nice to look back on those times and ponder what happened to the characters after, and it was a good, if awful, pair of crimes that held everything together nicely.