As people who follow my blog know, I am a massive Sherlock Holmes fan. A while ago I bought the new edition (with the bright orange spine) and recently I have finally gotten around to reading it, and I am glad that I did. Horowitz writes Watson’s voice perfectly. Unlike other pastiches, there are references that could take them away from the canon. Not this one. It fits in with the canon perfectly, so much so, that you could easily read it between those by Conan Doyle and it wouldn’t feel out of place.
It takes place sometime after The Adventures, as Watson is married, and many times, Watson is left on his own to try and solve the case but it is not failed.
Of course, they encounter dangers along the way, worst of all is the murder of one of the Baker Street Irregulars which Holmes holds with a heavy heart, and is determined to use it as motivation to get the case solved. Eventually, of course, he does. The finale is twisted and dark and very well suited to Victorian London.
All in all, it is very well written, very well thought out and Horowitz does the Holmes canon justice. Conan Doyle could have penned it himself, and I am pleased that the Holmes canon still lives on years after the original creator has passed on.
A worthy rating for a fantastic novel.