Book Title: Sherlock in Love
Author: Sena Jeter Naslund
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Published Date: May 8, 2001
Rating: 4 stars
This #TBT review was originally posted on January 13, 2008 and was read for a number of reading challenges: A to Z Titles (N), Themed, Back to History and 101 Books in 1,001 Days.
I have tried many times in the past to read other selections by Sena Jeter Naslund and I always hit a brick wall…namely with “Ahab’s Wife,” but I think I might try picking it up again (2017 note: I never did.) The story of Sherlock Homes in love is told in the first person by Dr. Watson and immediately when you read the first sentence of this book you are hooked. You know that there will be a mystery involved that will take you down a classic path of Holmesian logic.
The drama begins in the present day, late in Dr. Watson’s life and two years after Holmes has died. The classic second fiddle companion decided to put forth the request for letters, stories and information about Holmes that would allow him to compose a complete biography. Shortly thereafter weird things happen to Watson: pages of his notebooks are cut out with a razor, threatening letters appear, and he is even assaulted!
All is clear in the end and the reader even goes on a journey back in time to when Holmes is still alive and meets Crazy Ludwig of Bavaria. Another read that surprised me…and enjoyed so much that I read it in a day!