Own the book: No
Date Read: 30th May 2014
Sherlock Holmes and the King of Clubs is a new book in the Sherlock Holmes series which was originally written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The authors Steve Hayes and David Whitehead, have teamed up to write a number of books, this being the latest and the third of their Sherlock Holmes set. It was published at the end of April 2014, so only a month old at the time of reading.
I am a great fan of Sherlock Holmes, speeding through the books when I was younger and nowadays enjoy the occasional perusal and watching Benedict Cumberbatch in the latest TV offering. This new book (the first I have read by the authors) was an interesting find and one I have generally enjoyed. In a way, I found the storyline – set just before the outbreak of World War 1 – to be a little too ‘real’. That is, throwing Holmes and Watson into situations and meeting people who had really lived, and weren’t just part of a fictional world. I like that Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character. But anyhow… I did like the character of Houdini, it was very interesting finding out more about him but whether Houdini’s character was true to life, I couldn’t say. The same with Freud.
The most difficult part of reading the book came from bad proof-reading – the capital S’s in the middle of words and the subsequent missing periods were a challenge, a few plot hole’s and the sentence ‘dark eyes seemed dark’ – which could have been fixed before printing but may be changed in future reprints.
Overall, a good addition to the Sherlock Holmes set but not quite at the level of the original works. I would certainly read previous books in the series by the same authors.