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misadventure of sherlock holmes book coverReviewed by Jenna Arthur

When Sherlock Holmes and Watson are on a case, chaos and folly are never far behind. In The Misadventure of Sherlock Holmes by Giles Chanot, Sherlock and Watson take on the case of a missing woman, kidnapped from her home. After swooping in and rescuing her, solving what they thought was a stand alone case, the two detectives move into their new abode and wait for their next big case to arrive.

What follows is much more than either detective imagined.

The strange tales start with a lost engagement ring that was not lost but pawned, threats to a man’s life that were not threats but forged letters, and a strange, but energetic, woman named Mary with a lost cat that never existed. These cases, they soon find out, are all at the back and call of one mysterious man, Professor M. As Sherlock and Watson, with the help of Mary Anderson aka Irene Adler, weave their way through the lies, they must put all the pieces together to find the big picture. Who is this Professor M., this Moriatry? What does a cat, a ring, a kidnapping, strange newspaper articles and murders have to do with him? Why are they being taunted?

The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes tells the age old tale of Sherlock Holmes and his counterpart, Watson. The style of writing and case studies within the plot follow the Sherlock brand. The characters, however, are far more tame than readers would expect from a Sherlock tale. For example, Holmes’ character in the Chanot’s adaptation is far less witty and combative than his Conan Doyle archetype. He is much sweeter and more charming, especially towards Irene, ultimately falling in love with her and marrying her. Likewise, Moriarty is present in theory in the plot but the game of cat and mouse that traditionally ensues between Shelock and M never truly takes flight due to Moriarty’s lack of any official appearance. Watson, on the other hand, is written very well, with Chanot making him the narrator–a brilliant idea in this particular case.

Overall, although the characters are tamer, the writing and language style is still amusing and shows a different side to Sherlock than you may have seen before. It is, in this critic’s opinion, an enjoyable one time read.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Jenna lives in the bustling city of Pittsburgh with her wife and furry children. She loves to cook, watch movies, and looks for inspiration in every book she reads.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Giles Chanot. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.