Sherlock Holmes and the Copycat Murders by Barry Day
A U T H O R: Barry Day
P U B L I S H E R: Open Road Integrated Media
P U B L I S H--D A T E: June 11, 2015
I S B N: 9781504016506
MysteryA string of murders threatens to draw Sherlock Holmes back into his past
It has been too long since his last assignment, and Sherlock Holmes is beginning to come unglued. He stalks around his rooms at 221B Baker Street, too tense to work, and he is about to drive Dr. Watson up the wall when they are rescued by a knock at the door. It is Inspector Lestrade from Scotland Yard, and he has come to save Holmes—with a murder. A man has been found dead in Bayswater, slumped over a piece of homemade stationery marked with the words “Jabez Wilson”—the name of the victim in the long-solved mystery of the Red-Headed League. When Holmes enters the death room, the first thing he spies is the corpse’s flaming red hair. The old case is open again.
A series of bizarre crimes follow, each an imitation of one of Holmes’s greatest triumphs. Either Europe is in the grip of a madman—or the great detective has finally gone ’round the bend.
I do have to hand it to Barry Day because I think it takes a brave soul to write a Sherlock Holmes mystery. After all, it will most likely be compared to the great Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Sherlock fans everywhere.
The author does do a great job in keeping true to the characters of Sherlock, Dr. Watson and big brother Mycroft Holmes, with cameo appearances from Sigmund Freud and John Buchan.
The concept was very interesting and held my interest. It did get a bit slow in one or two instances but quickly picked right back up again. I was rather hesitant at first to read this since I am a huge Sherlock fan and didn’t think it possible for anyone to do justice to Conan Doyle’s creation. However, I gave it a chance and was quite pleased that I did.
I do recommend it to those Sherlock aficionados, but also recommend that they keep an open mind. Barry Day is after all not Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but he does a fantastic job with the classic characters. I'm giving this one four stars.