Book Review: Sherlock Holmes & the Grinning Cat

Author: Joseph W.Svec III
Read: May 2016
Number of pages: 139
Format: Paperback
Published: 14th December 2015
ISBN: 1780928858
Publisher:  MX Publishing
Rating: 

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I saw this book randomly on a general browse through Instagram. I knew instantly I had to read it. Why was Holmes having an adventure with the grinning cat from Alice and Wonderland? What weird story w

‘Joseph Svec, III is brilliant in entwining two endearing and enduring classics of literature, blending the factual with the fantastical; the playful with the pensive; and the mischievous with the mysterious. We shall, all of us young and old, benefit with a cup of tea, a tranquil afternoon, and a copy of Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Grinning Cat. – Linda Hein, Hein & Co Used Books, and founding officer of the Amador County Holmes Hounds Sherlockian Society

Synopsis: Time is running out! When the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit, and The Mad Hatter turn up randomly at 221-B Baker Street to enlist the help of Sherlock Holmes in locating Alice who is missing from Wonderland, and Lewis Carroll himself who is also nowhere to be found, there begins an adventure more stranger and curious than anything Sherlock has ever encountered. A Unicorn, the Jabberwocky, the time traveling author, H.G. Wells, trips to Wonderland and beyond, and even a journey outside of time itself where awaits the ultimate enigma of logic, all are a part of this incredible tale.

Review: From the get go this is not an obvious Doyle classic. It is a book poking at fun and a mad delight of a fantasy story where two great worlds collide. It is a story that takes a few hours to read but in those few hours you will laugh and laugh. It will put a smile on your face just like the Cheshire Cat. Everything that is illogical is made logical. It stretches your imagination and would a perfect read for adult or children.

Holmes and Watson find the Cheshire Cat sitting in the armchair at 221B Baker Street. It is a true Cheshire Cat as it defines gravity, walls through walls and drinks tea. It took Holmes 3 hours in the book to accept this was true as he thought Watson had pulled one over on him with a ventriloquism trick. Alas, it was not.

Adding to this the White Rabbit constantly saying ‘I am late’ and the Mad Hatter turn up at  the door. All of them are their for Holmes as he is believed to be the only one that can solver their problem. That Alice and Lewis Carroll have gone missing. Alice failed to turn up to the Wednesday weekly tea party and Lewis Carroll passed onto a land that no one can return from.

So begins a crazy and hilarious wind and skies journey to H G Wells house, the author and inventor of the time machine to help with their adventures to and from Wonderland and various other places like Mars reference ing the ‘War of the Worlds’ novel by H G Wells in the process. Finally, the last showdown with the Realms of Time using mystery, logic and cryptic that Holmes has to solve to save Wonderland and himself.

At the end of the Novel Sherlock’s next client turns up. It is Captain Nemo and his vessel the Nautilus. A nod to the next novel that I will definitely be reading – watch this space!

If you want to have a few hours of humour and laughs. Treat it in a light hearted manner that it was intended for. Read this to children or generally enjoy all those fantastic characters that we love so much then his is definitely worth getting. Click here to get yours hands on it. I very highly recommend it.

If there are any books you would recommend me to read please leave a comment below!

 

 

Book Review: Study in Charlotte

Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Read: May 2016
Number of pages: 336
Format: Hardback
Published: March 2016
ISBN: 0062398903
Publisher:  Katherine Tegen Books
Rating:  four-stars

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I was intrigued by the title of this book as it clearly reminisced in Doyle’s classic ‘ A Study in Scarlett’ which we all know is a fantastic read where the original Sherlock and Watson meet for the first time. I must say with its illustrated beautiful eye catching cover it really looks lovely on the book case as well. I am always one for a modern take on a Sherlock classic and these book really ticked those boxes for me.

‘A thrilling twist on a classic. Readers will be pulled in by both the riveting mystery and Charlotte Holmes, a brilliant heroine with secrets of her own.’ – Maureen Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of the Shades of London series

Synopsis: The first book is a witty, suspenseful new trilogy about a brilliant new crime-solving duo: the teen descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Jamie Watson has always been intrigued by Charlotte Holmes; after all, their great-great-great-grandfathers are one of the most infamous pairs in history. But the Holmes family has always been odd, and Charlotte is no exception. She has inherited Sherlock’s volatility and some of his vices and when Jamie and Charlotte end up at the same Connecticut boarding school, Charlotte makes it clear she s not looking for friends.

But when a student they both have a history with dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Danger is mounting and nowhere is safe and the only people they can trust are each other.

Review: This book is a lot of fun. The characters are descendants from the main characters which I found I could relate to a lot. The main character, Charlotte Holmes, is a female version of Sherlock. The Holmes have decided to keep up the detective line in their family and school each child from a young age in the art of deduction. But Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holme don’t know each other at all. That is, until they end up at the same boarding school being framed for a murder they didn’t commit.

I did find this book a little difficult to get into as it was mainly Jamie Watson talking about he hated the country, school and that he had no close friends. I did find it difficult to not like him as a main character but as the book progressed and the story kicked off I found I started enjoying it more.

Charlotte was also a very interesting character and completely what I would expect a Sherlock descendant to be like. Arrogant, pretentious, cocky. The author also gave Charlotte some one emotions that one would not usually see in a Doyle classic. Doing things for fun because she liked them, fragile when she reached the end of her teether or frustration and anger when things were not going right.

The murder mystery its self was gripping. I could not work out who it was. It was dynamic in showing James and Charlotte’s friendship grow as their relationship was put to the test. There was leads, dead ends, references to Moriarty descendants. When you think it is solved, it isn’t and leads on to something else. There were many references to original Sherlock Holmes stories and I enjoyed that as a reader.

Overall, apart from the slow beginning as I got into it I enjoyed it more. The plot and the character depiction made this book and I am looking forward to the second book in the series. For your copy click here.