Title: The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Instrument of Death by David Stuart Davies
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 5th March 2019
Amazon UK – Waterstones
Sherlock Holmes has just uncovered the truth about the theft of a priceless ruby. The wealthy Lady Damury staged the theft and tried to frame her husband – but just as Holmes reveals the truth, Lady Damury is found murdered. Holmes deduces that this is no crime of passion, but the work of a ruthless killer with no connection to the jewel. With reports of a man in a strange, trance-like state, Holmes finds himself entangled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the sinister Dr Caligari…
A huge thank you to Titan Books for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
One of my favourite things about reading these series of books is that they are written by different authors and I love seeing how each author portrays Sherlock. I love how each author puts their own unique little spin on the story and this one was no exception.
A lot of this story is focused on the villain, Caligari, and building his backstory which was very interesting and I thought the author did a great job with that. I like how he took the time to allow us to get to know Caligari and what made him tick (which was pretty much everything). I love a good villain and he’s definitely one of the darker, twisted ones. He’s not the one you can get behind and is definitely a villain you’d want to avoid!
Caligari was constantly experimenting like a mad scientist and the author actually did a great job when it came to descriptions. There’s plenty of killing scattered throughout and a lot of the descriptions made me flinch because they were so vivid; I couldn’t stop picturing each scene of torture in my head! I was definitely relieved when we had a break from being inside Caligari’s head and went back to the pleasant John Watson.
I loved how the main plot was hypnosis. I don’t think I’ve come across any books with that plot before and I’m actually surprised by that. It was really interesting seeing Caligari hypnotise people and bend their will to his. Thinking about it, it’s actually kind of scary how he was able to have complete control over someone and make them kill for him! That would be terrifying to experience but even more so that he could make you forget it even happened afterwards! I thought that was a great little twist the author added.
Speaking of twists, the one at the end was fantastic! Caligari really did a number on Sherlock and Watson. I was not expecting that to happen and I was very excited to see how they’d get out of that situation. The author definitely hit the nail on the head with Caligari as he made a superb villain.
Whilst I did really enjoy the plot, something I wished was different was how much time we spent with Caligari compared to Sherlock and Watson. I understand it was necessary to have all these scenes with Caligari, however, I did want to read more about Sherlock and Watson! I did really miss their scenes. There also wasn’t much deduction by Sherlock which was something I loved in the original stories.
If you haven’t read any books in this series before, I’d definitely recommend picking a couple up as they are all really unique stories and it’s interesting to see how much they differ to the originals. I’ll be keeping my eye out for more of them in the future!