Sherlock Holmes, The Missing Years: Japan by Vasudev Murthy
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Why I Picked This Book: I've really been enjoying the BBC show Sherlock and more Sherlock Holmes has been on my TBR for awhile. Plus the cover is pretty!
Ok - confession time. I really only have a very limited exposure to Holmes. I read Hound of the Baskervilles 20 years ago in school and since then have seen a few movies, BBC's Sherlock and the American version Elementary. I want to read more of the original Holmes stories but somehow it's never happened. I have plans though! So that being said I can't attest to the accuracy of Murthy's portrayal of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson and all the rest of the characters.
All that aside, I really enjoyed it. It was told in the same format from what I remember of the original stories. We're seeing this story from Dr. Watson as he's recounting events in the past as well as letters or accounts from the people Holmes interacted with when he and Watson weren't together. I liked seeing the way Holmes's mind worked and watching all the little threads come together.
This wasn't the easiest of reads. It could be a little dry and sometimes if I put the book down in the middle of someone other than Watson's narration it took me a few minutes to figure out who was speaking. It was a story that I found I really had to pay attention too which in my limited knowledge of the original Holmes feels about right. Through out the book it felt like the author was respectful of the characters and kept them fairly true to form. The setting was all over the world on boats and trains and any other thing they could think of. It was fun to armchair travel with this one!
When I finished this one the first thing I wanted to do was go dig out my copy of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I call that a success!
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Yes, I enjoyed this and would be curious to see what else the author does with Holmes.
Would I Recommend this Book?: Yes, I'm curious to see what Sherlock Fans would think of this.