Holmes and Watson do, in fact, live again.
I admit it. I was curious, and a bit apprehensive, about this one. Could MacBride pull it off? Could she replicate the beloved feel of Conan Doyle? Lots of actors have tried to bring this literary icon to life on the screen, but what about the page? Would it work?
In a word, yes.
Admittedly, it’s been a while since I read any of the Holmes canon. But really, this book would fit right in. I could “hear” the urbane and witty Jeremy Brett every time Holmes spoke. The visual was sometimes Brett, sometimes Downey Jr., sometimes Cumberbatch – but always Holmes. Watson was…Watson. Solid. Dependable. Sometimes Jude Law, sometimes Martin Freeman, but always Watson.
And the plot was good. I thought I had to figured out, but there was a twist at the very end. And the ending was just right for the story, for the characters, for the times.
If you are a Holmes fan, you won’t go wrong with this. Just make sure to set aside adequate time for reading because it will consume you.