First allow me to reveal my bias, I love steampunk and Holmes. With that admission in mind, it should come as no surprise that I loved every minute of Lovegrove’s “The Stuff of Nightmares.”
If you read “Encounters of Sherlock Holmes” (my review), you have a small sample of Lovegrove and Holmes. “The Stuff of Nightmares” is a fast-paced story told through the perspective of Dr. Watson (as a Holmes story should) and begins with a blast — or should I say bomb. As the story plays out, we are introduced to an interesting character (Baron Cauchemar) along the lines of a steampunk Batman/Ironman.
The story is set sometime before the “Final Problem” and is extremely well-written and crafted. I give “The Stuff of Nightmares” 5 stars out of 5 and add in the words of Oliver Twist “Please, sir, I want some more“.
Please Titan Books … I want some more.
It’s the autumn of 1890, and a spate of bombings has hit London. The newspapers are full of fevered speculation about anarchists, anti-monarchists and Fenians. But one man suspects an even more sinister hand behind the violence. Sherlock Holmes believes Professor Moriarty is orchestrating a nationwide campaign of terror, but to what end? At the same time, a bizarrely garbed figure has been spotted on the rooftops and in the grimy back alleys of the capital. He moves with the extraordinary agility of a latter-day Spring-heeled Jack. He possesses weaponry and armour of unprecedented sophistication. He is known only by the name Baron Cauchemar, and he appears to be a scourge of crime and villainy. But is this masked man truly the force for good that he seems? Is he connected somehow to the bombings? Holmes and his faithful companion Dr. Watson are about to embark on one of their strangest and most exhilarating adventures yet.
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“A Scandal in Bohemia”
The very first Sherlock Holmes short story (following the detective’s introduction in the novels A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of the Four) was also the first Granada Television production in the long-running Holmes series featuring Jeremy Brett’s definitive performance as the famous sleuth. No deerstalker cap, cape, curved meerschaum pipe, or Basil Rathbone mannerisms for this Holmes: Brett’s portrayal went straight to the heart of the character Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created, with all the manic-depressive, coldly clinical, drug-dependent, and unnervingly focused brilliance intact. Just as on-the-money is David Burke’s Dr. John Watson, who is hardly the loyal puppy of widespread assumption but rather a dedicated ally and determined chronicler of the publicity-wary Holmes. “A Scandal in Bohemia,” ironically, is one of the few instances of Holmes being bested by an equally intelligent adversary–an actress by the name of Irene Adler (Gayle Hunnicutt), who has threatened to reveal damaging evidence of her own affair with the king of Bohemia (Wolf Kahler), a ridiculous pseudonym invented by Watson to protect the real royal personage in trouble. It’s Holmes to the rescue, going undercover in disguise to take away the blackmailer’s trump, though it’s he whose head will ultimately be turned by the extraordinary Irene. The cast is wonderful (meet Rosalie Williams as Baker Street housekeeper Mrs. Hudson), and the drama is great fun. (For a contemporary movie reinvention of this story, check out the 1998 feature Zero Effect, starring Bill Pullman as a whacked-out variation on Holmes, Ben Stiller as his long-suffering Watson, and Kim Dickens as an updated Irene.) –Tom Keogh
“The Empty House”
Did Sherlock Holmes survive his apparent demise at the hands of Professor Moriarty in “The Final Problem”? Clearly so, as his resurrection three years later in this story is a dramatic and happy event–though it causes his old friend Dr. Watson (Edward Hardwicke) to faint at the sight of him. Jeremy Brett is outstanding as the famed sleuth, whose return from what Sherlockians call the Great Hiatus is challenged by one of Moriarty’s most murderous lieutenants (Patrick Allen), already a killer on the run in London. The action is swift and exciting, and the colorful reentrance of Holmes into the life of Dr. Watson is a highly memorable event. With Rosalie Williams in a more extensive part than usual as the wonderful Mrs. Hudson, Holmes’s Baker Street landlady.
Holmes and Watson attempt to have a holiday — well maybe I should say Watson is trying to have a holiday. Of course their holiday is interrupted by murder!
Jeremy Brett was/is my favorite actor to pay the part of Sherlock Holmes. While many actors have played the great detective before him and many more will follow him, he was without a doubt the best Sherlock Holmes
Enjoy this video of Brett as Holmes solving the puzzle of . The Boscombe Valley Mystery.
The Ultimate and Official Guide to Seasons 1 and 2 of the Hit Series Sherlock—A Must-Have for all Sherlock Fans.
Sherlock: The Casebook offers a multidimensional companion to the PBS hit show Sherlock. Covering the first two seasons in vivid detail, each case is richly captured on the page and re-examined through Dr. Watson’s blog, Inspector Lestrade’s police reports, and newspaper articles about the crimes. Sherlock’s detective notes and any surviving clues from the cases are also included. Interspersed among the evidence are exclusive interviews with the stars of the show, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, and Rupert Graves; writers and co-creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat; and the production team on everything from writing the scripts and bringing the characters to life on-screen to how the new Sherlock both reinvents and pays homage to Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic detective.