Review: Sherlock Holmes Never Dies: Collection Six: New Sherlock Holmes Mysteries Boxed Sets by Craig Stephen Copland
The first story, The Cuckhold Man, is about a jerk military man who seeks Holmes’ services to locate his missing wife. The pace is fairly slow as Holmes interrogates a variety of suspects. Holmes wraps up his investigation with a bow and gives us a very satisfying ending which includes the jerk being put in his place.
The second novella entitled, The Impatient Dissidents is different from the first story as a terrorist throws a bomb into czar Alexander II’s horse drawn carriage—killing him. It’s up to Holmes and his sidekick, Watson, to find the murderer. This plot dragged a bit more in this story than the first, though excitement is high as the authorities chase their man, wielding guns.
Holmes attends a medical lecture about the hearts and minds of soldiers, in the third story. Afterwards, upon visiting a veteran’s hospital, Holmes’ curiosity propels him to assist an exceptional soldier whose memory has failed him. Soon enough there are too many murders to keep track of and Holmes is in deep and digging for the truth. The Grecian Earned is a confusing story.
In The Naval Knaves, Holmes arranges an interview with a carpenter from Budapest to do some woodwork for a restaurant he is starting up. The carpenter didn’t make it, he was killed in his carriage. Holmes sets out to find the murderer in a long drawn out investigation. He uncovers a surprising twist and we learn the man did not die for nothing.
These bite-sized stories are great and this book is good bathroom reading material for mystery lovers. With no sex or profanity these stories employ plenty of violence to keep your attention. I didn’t love Sherlock Homes Never Dies. I found it confusing. Not only the myriad killings, but the titles and subtitles ran together in my mind making remembering the stories rather difficult. It’s even confusing to look this book up on Amazon as the full title is: Sherlock Holmes Never Dies: Collection Six: New Sherlock Homes Mysteries Boxed Sets. Not to be confused with: Sherlock Homes Never Dies: Six New Adventures of the World’s Greatest Detective. This not my favorite genre, but I did like it. I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.