I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Holmes by Loren D. Estleman
Published: Titan Books Limited (1979), Paperback, 238pg
Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi
Sherlock Holmes has already encountered the evil young hedonist Edward Hyde, and knew he was strangely connected with Henry Jekyll, the respectable young doctor. It was not until the Queen herself requested it, however, that Holmes was officially on the case of the savage murder of Sir Danvers Crew. Here, then is the account of that devilish crime as recorded by Dr Watson...
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series is one I’m growing ever more fonder of, despite my previous bad experience with one of the books in it. The publisher very kindly sent me two of their newer releases, and I’m so glad I accepted because they’re two of the best Sherlock Holmes pastiches I’ve ever read!
Dr Jekyll and Mr Holmes is expertly and excellently written, and I absolutely can’t recommend it enough. It’s more of a psychological adventure novel than an action-packed, fight scenes around every corner sort of book, but that sort of thing fits well with the source materials, I think. And despite there being a small amount of action, it moves really quickly and doesn’t lag anywhere.
It’s written from the perspective of Dr Watson, and Mr Estleman has the Watson voice down pat. He even dips into the romantic, flowery language Watson used sometimes, for instance in this passage describing Holmes during the case:
Gone was the languorous figure of a few moments before; he had shed that cocoon and spread his wings to swoop down upon whatever piece of solid evidence he could find which would bear his weight. At such moments the force of his personality was astounding. (36)
It has good characterizations, the melding of the two works was seamless, and it was a lot of fun to read. If you like Sherlock Holmes pastiches, I don’t doubt you’ll like this one!
Read: December 18-21, 2010