Holmes Coming

Blackstone. Nov. 2022. 350p. ISBN 9798200706884. $25.99. M
Johnson (The Darwin Variant) has been telling great stories in television, film, and print since the 1970s; his latest novel takes on the iconic Sherlock Holmes. A police detective is attacked on the streets of San Francisco by a tiger, and that is only the start of seemingly unconnected and strange deaths. Dr. Amy Winslow knew one of the victims. On a house call in an isolated house, she discovers a hidden laboratory with a strange man. He believes he is the famous detective who was able to lower his body temperature for over a hundred years so he could use his keen intellect for the future. She doesn’t believe him at first, but the more she works with him, the more she starts to believe he is the real man written about by Arthur Conan Doyle.
VERDICT “Sherlock in modern times” has been done, but having the actual character adapt to modern times is a fresh take on the detective. Johnson nails Holmes’s voice, and his relationship with a new doctor to tell his story is fun and engaging. Fans of the original adventures of Sherlock Holmes will enjoy.
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