Monday, December 26, 2016

Reader's Diary #1429- John Walsh: Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Mystery

A few years back I tried to find a Sherlock Holmes Christmas story and the closest I could find was "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" which wound up not being great and not all that Christmas-related after all.

But fortunately, enough well-respected authors have taken up fan-fiction where the old detective is concerned and it's not unusual for me to find a Sherlock Holmes story that I enjoy even better than the original Arthur Conan Doyle tales. Such is the case with John Walsh's "Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Mystery."

Early on Walsh establishes Holmes's relatability (he's dreading a Christmas dinner with his brother Mycroft) and his un-relatability (his quick powers of deduction reminded me of Robert Downey Jr.'s portrayal). Then the mystery presents itself and Holmes is in his glory. A challenge is just what he wanted for Christmas.

And the ending? I'll really try hard not to spoil it, but will say that Sherlock Holmes turns out not to be the only fictional character to get the fan-fiction treatment. It's a perfect Sherlock Holmes story for Christmas all around.

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