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As an avid Sherlock Holmes fan I was skeptical as to anyone else doing justice to the great works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. However I was pleasantly surprised by this. Donald Thomas does indeed successfully recreate the mood, and tone of the time and has his characterization of the famous duo Holmes and Watson down to perfection.
But the real genius is in the plot. "Do you believe in Ghosts Mr. Holmes?" is the question which sets this story in motion...
It concerns itself with the storyline from 'The Turn of the Screw' by Henry James (a masterpiece in itself) and takes the ghostly goings on and 'turns' it all on its head. The whole mystery is set before our great detective and he sets out to investigate.
Did the children and the Governess really see ghosts? What was Miss Jessel and Quints involvement? And was the Governess ultimately responsible for the death of little Miles? (for which she is accused and has been sentenced accordingly) Holmes has but little time to prove otherwise before the governess is due to serve out her sentence.
Concentrating on the latest technologies and amidst the spiritualist movements of the time, Holmes embarks on an intriguing journey into the chilling events that shrouded Bly House.
An epic tale, a must read / listen and an admirable tribute to Sherlock Holmes.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I am a huge fan of the 'original' Sherlock Holmes and was somewhat sceptical about listening to any other stories which were not penned by Conan Doyle. I have to admit to being gripped by the stories and the writing, especially the 'Ghosts of Bly' - which intertwines Henry James' 'Turn of the Screw' with an investigation by Holmes. Excellent listening - well narrated and thoroughly recommended! Enjoy!
Both of these stories suffer from being way too long. Both are quite simple, yet entertaining stories. They suffer from being three times longer than they should be and a tag-along interpretation of Watson that leaves much to be desired. Intricate wit, actual mystery or even dramatic tension are all missing from these stories. One knows the result of both stories about a third of the way in. ACD was keen to capitalize on keeping the reader engaged.
All this said, if going on a long road trip by one's self, one could do far worse than this collection of stories.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Not what I expected from the great detective. Nothing like Conan Doyle. Stories were long, confusing and boring.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful