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<a href=”; style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img border=”0″ alt=”Sherlock Holmes and a Quantity of Debt” src=”; /></a><a href=””>Sherlock Holmes and a Quantity of Debt</a> by <a href=””>David Marcum</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”″>5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
This is one of the best pastiches to come out in the past few years. David Marcum is a rising star in the Canon-centric field of Sherlock Holmes mysteries and this proves why he should be watched. The only real difference between his and ACD’s sleuthing pairs is that David’s Watson has more time in writing things down; he can explain and add depth to the plot whilst ACD’s Watson had to work to keep his words under limit. I like to think of them as Watson’s “original” version of events, and ACD’s writing is the streamlined, swifter-paced version that follows.<br><br>We know that Holmes is smart, but we rarely get to see him demonstrate his intellect and memory recall in a murkier case! The Dickens tributes are all homages that lead the reader home to a final, fateful conclusion. We have a body where it oughten’t to be…or is it a case of a body that doesn’t exist? A near-perfect crime’s nerve and ingenuity is laid low by the patient forces of nature.<br><br>If you love good technical details this is a treat. Everything from the era’s hydroengineering and a painfully realistic description of the hunchweather that is England. It doesn’t just rain in this book; it rains pikels!<br><br>Continuity nods galore here, especially with some familiar faces among the Yard, and a significant tip of the hat to one of ACD’s excellent novels. Put this one on your shelf.<br><br>The reader was given a copy of this book for review.
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