I’ve read all of the Holmes canon several times, and I’ve read and enjoyed many pastiches. I’ve also come across some that were fairly wretched. One never knows what is in store when starting a new Holmes story collection or novel.
by George Mann, Titan Books 2013 trade paper
I’ve been buying and reading some of the Sherlock Holmes pastiches being published by Titan Books, and enjoying them to various degrees.
The story opens with a death, an old man stumbles and falls down the steep stairs in his home. In the morning, the maid finds him, lying at the foot of the stairs, dead of a broken neck. The four nieces and nephews of the man are staying in the house after a birthday celebration the day before.
The attorney is called, but surprisingly the will is nowhere to be found. Thus instead of each child getting a quarter of the sizable estate, the eldest child will get it all. A younger child goes to Holmes to see if he can find the will and restore his share.
That’s the basic plot, and it is well written and the characters move the story along in spite of what may seem an obvious criminal and motive. But wait, there is a secondary plot, because this isn’t just a Holmes pastiche, it’s a steam punk Holmes pastiche.
To say more might spoil things, so I’ll just add that I enjoyed this one, and you might too.