#BookReview: Sherlock Holmes & The Christmas Demon by James Lovegrove @JamesLovegrove7 @Sarah_Mather_15 @TitanBooks #SherlockHolmesAndTheChristmasDemon #SherlockHolmes #HistoricalMystery
Book length - 384 pages
Publisher - Titan Books
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I want to thank Sarah from titanbooks.com for providing me with a copy of this gorgeous book.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
It is 1890, and in the days before Christmas Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson are visited at Baker Street by a new client. Eve Allerthorpe - eldest daughter of a grand but somewhat eccentric Yorkshire-based dynasty - is greatly distressed, as she believes she is being haunted by a demonic Christmas spirit.
Her late mother told her terrifying tales of the sinister Black Thurrick, and Eve is sure that she has seen the creature from her bedroom window. What is more, she has begun to receive mysterious parcels of birch twigs, the Black Thurrick's calling card...
Eve stands to inherit a fortune if she is sound in mind, but it seems that something - or someone - is threatening her sanity. Holmes and Watson travel to the Allerthorpe family seat at Fellscar Keep to investigate, but soon discover that there is more to the case than at first appeared. There is another spirit haunting the family, and when a member of the household is found dead, the companions realise that no one is beyond suspicion.
As always, James Lovegrove has blown me away with this masterpiece of historical fiction featuring my favourite Victorian sleuths, Holmes and Watson.
It is the week of Christmas and Holmes and Watson find themselves travelling to Fellscar Keep, a wealthy castle by all accounts, to solve a mystery for their young client, Eve Allerthorpe. In a few days, Eve is due to come into her inheritance from an aunt as long as she is found to be of sound mind. A strange appendage to a will but not surprising considering the problems that her mother suffered with, which resulted in her death over a year ago. But Eve is afraid she is going mad because a childhood monster, known locally as the Black Thurrick, is haunting her and she is terrified. Unwilling to believe in myth and legends, Holmes is determined to uncover the truth, and as there is a huge family gathering for Christmas, there are plenty of suspects, but Watson isn't so quick to dismiss the chance of something supernatural. And when a murder is committed, will this be one case that this dynamic duo will have to walk away from, leaving it unsolved?
Roaring to life through James Lovegrove's exquisite descriptions, I felt like I was back in the past at this huge house with this quirky and troubled family, and I never wanted this story to end. Sherlock Holmes and Watson are excellently drawn and I could picture each scene like a movie reel in my mind, making me loathe to put to this story down at any point in my evening. The plot is great and I was delighted and surprised by parts of the story and by the truth behind the drama.
If you love Sherlock Holmes or enjoy historical fiction at all, then you need to read SHERLOCK HOLMES & THE CHRISTMAS DEMON by James Lovegrove. It is truly fantastic!
James Lovegrove is the author of several acclaimed novels and books for children. Currently James resides in Eastbourne on the Sussex Coast, having moved there in August 2007 with his wife Lou, sons Monty and Theo, and cat Ozzy. He has a terrific view of the sea from his study window, which he doesn’t sit staring out at all day when he should be working. Honest.
For more information:
Website - www.jameslovegrove.com
Twitter - twitter.com/JamesLovegrove7
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger, wife & mother who loves all things books!
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