Friday, April 15, 2011

Sociopaths, Butterflies and a Review of Shadowfall

Murder in the Library 4-28 available from Amazon and cool bookstores- the Library game is afoot!

You’ve got to love the Victorians- they were into spiritualism, mediums, vampires, exotic flora and fauna- and all these goodies work their way into the stories of Sherlock Holmes.  I can visualize Stapleton chasing butterflies across the moor in The Hound of the Baskervilles.  How often collectors of butterflies and small animals are also collectors of human souls.  Read John Fowles The Collector and compare Clegg to Stapleton.  Both characters exhibit the classic behavior of sociopaths.  

Sherlock Holmes as Gandalf?  Sherlock Holmes as Dumbledore?  Sherlock as Merlin?  Can it work?  It does work in Shadowfall, a Novel of Sherlock Holmes by Tracy Revels.  This novel combines many of the traditional elements of Holmes and Watson with a fantasy theme that you’ve got to read, I won’t tell you about it and spoil it.  Suffice it to say if you’re into fairies, zombies, voodoo, grave robbers, ravens at the Tower and priceless jewels of the crown you will enjoy Shadowfall.   A most unusual treatment of Holmes and Watson with exciting action scenes.

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