Sherlock Holmes & The Three Winter Terrors

Sherlock

Blurb:

The year 1889. The First Terror.

At a boys’ prep school in the Kent marshes, a pupil is found drowned in a pond. Could this be the fulfilment of a witch’s curse from 400 years earlier?

The year 1890. The Second Terror.

A wealthy man dies of a heart attack at his London townhouse. Was he really frightened to death by ghosts?

The year 1894. The Third Terror.

A body is discovered at a Surrey country manor, hideously ravaged. Is the culprit a cannibal, as the evidence suggests?

These three linked crimes test Sherlock Holmes’ deductive powers, and his skepticism about the supernatural, to the limit.

Author: James Loovegrove

Narrator: Dennis Kleinman

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing

Running Time: 10hrs 46mins

Genre: Historical Fiction/Detective

My Rating of ‘Sherlock Holmes & The Three Winter Terrors’: 4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon, Audible

Review:

Holmes and Watson are two of my favourite characters in all of literature and, considering their maker is long dead, finding an author like Lovegrove, who gives them the same care and attention has been an absolute treat.

This novel is made up of three sections, each feeling like a novella in and of itself. But, as the blurb states, all three are linked and are done so in a very clever way that doesn’t feel overbearing or forced. I found myself ripping through this at a fast pace due to the quality of Lovegrove’s storytelling. He constantly has me wanting to get through just a little bit more before putting it down for the day.

The characters are all believable as real people and none of them feel like simple names on a page to add to the ambiance. They add to the world as a whole and feel as though they belong in it. I personally love the abrasiveness of some characters towards Holmes, despite his mild celebrity at the time. It really gave a little extra believability to the story and added an extra layer of mystery for the reader to ponder through.

I’ll not lie, this book isn’t perfect. I found the odd deduction here or there more like the author telling him a thing rather than Holmes spotting it. I also felt the ending was a little unlike the great detective compared to his previous outings. Where he usually has it wrapped up in a believable (most of the time) fashion long before the final cookie has crumbled, in this one, it felt almost as though he’d been outfoxed a couple of times and adapted on the fly to pretend that he hadn’t. It just didn’t have that neatness to the final unveiling that I would have liked. But, it was only a minor concern and something that might not even be that noticeable. Maybe I was just being overly critical?

As ever, the narration of Lovegrove’s Holmes novels was wonderful. Dennis Kleinman did an excellent job of bringing Holmes, Watson and the surrounding world to life.

14 thoughts on “Sherlock Holmes & The Three Winter Terrors

    1. I’ve finished all the originals, sadly. James Lovegrove at least feels like it’s Conan Doyle writing compared to some of the other nonsense out there.

      If, when you get to the end, you fancy more, I’d recommend Lovegrove above all others. Horowitz has a couple of good ones in fairness

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      1. I won’t know if i’ll like Warlock until I actually try it. I can tell the humor is going to definitely be one those “either it works for you or it doesn’t” and there’s no way of knowing which until you’ve started the journey. But it’s been a couple of years since the latest book so I don’t know where it stands as a series now.

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      2. Humor is so subjective. Just like with Pratchett or Douglas Adams. Bibliosanctum reviewed a couple (I think it was her anyway) and it sounded like a hoot.

        I guess if the next book isn’t out this year I’ll probably add them to the rotation for ’23 and damn the torpedoes!

        Have you watched the various sherlock inspired shows? How do those work for you?

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      3. I’ll have to see if prime or freevee has Elementary.

        I hope audio works for you. Despite my personal feelings about Pratchett as a person, I do think his Discworld work laid a solid foundation for many future authors.

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  1. I also flew through this one, but have to agree that it wasn’t as need as I would have liked. When they mentioned the wet clothes in the first story I was sooooo confused that it wasn’t made a thing off while it was Obviously (to me) the clue to solve it all. Still had a great time though.

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