Here are six extraordinary adventures, never revealed before, starring Simon Callow as Sherlock Holmes and Nicky Henson as Dr Watson, written by John Taylor.
"The Wandering Corpse": The professor claimed he knew how to resurrect the dead. Now he's dead and his body's missing from the coffin.
"The Horror in Hanging Wood": The victim's arm has been wrenched half off, face battered out of all recognition. Who, or what, could have made such a ferocious attack?
"The Paddington Witch": Saul Ransome's body was cooked like meat and black as coal. But "Garth Ransome is saying his brother was witched - that it was Bess that witched him."
"The Phantom Organ": The night that Hugh Hembury was killed, a note was nailed on the church notice board: "Now is the hunter hunted. H H shall be first."
"The Devil's Tunnel": A young woman disappears from a train as it speeds through a tunnel, and only her hat and one shoe are found. Surely too few clues, even for Sherlock Holmes.
"The Battersea Worm": The Tower was Angel Holland's fortress. The only way to Holland's room at the top was by the passenger elevator, and Dr Watson was the only person who had used the lift the day she was murdered.
"Do you remember the time Sherlock Holmes led Dr. Watson into mortal peril with an animal-loving librarian in a dark and mysterious wood? Or solved a baffling murder that involved a newfangled Otis lift? Of course you don't, as they are a mong the stories created by John Tatylor for this collection of six half-hour plays first broradcast on Radio Five. The scenarios he has invented for the great fictional detective and his sidekick involve a higher proportion of deadly females than usually invaded the pair's clubby Victorian world, but they are still reassuringly reliant on a working knowledge of Britain's railway timetables. This affectionate and respectful not-quite pastiche should delight rather than outrage fans. Although the casting of beefy Simon Callow as Holmes could work only on radio, Nicky Henson makes a fine Watson, his trusting nature a bluff counterpoint to his cerebral companion." (
Sunday Times, Audio Book of the Week)
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A fine Holmes adventure.
- Andy Potter
Very decent Holmes pastiche
- Mary Carnegie