It seems like new versions of Holmes have proliferated over the last few years. But watching the BBC's 'Sherlock', I was struck that Martin Freeman's Watson was quite possibly the best thing about it so I was delighted when I came across this short story.
I had read Mercer's novels and thoroughly enjoyed them and this is an overdue return to fiction for a man who knows about battle first-hand and seems to have a better grasp of military history than most other 'historical' novellists put together.
In this story, we are not only given an engaging and innovative take on Watson's character which doesn't skulk cravenly in Conan Doyle's mould, but a new perspective on Holmes which is at once familiar and amusing.
This is no attempt to 'modernise' the characters as most recent efforts seem to have but a pleasingly historical take on contemporary society. The Victorian war in Afghanistan is one we hear little about despite its apparent contemporary relevance, and Mercer ties the topic and the characters togethernwith panache. Bowler was a particular treat, a military type drawn down to a T and I'm sure the sort Mr Mercer is only too familiar with from his own service.
A cracking read, as is the sequel Doctor Watson's Bout!
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1121 KB
- Print Length: 73 pages
- Publisher: Lume Books (11 January 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006WPD2MA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 27 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #203,748 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)