Book Review: The Sherlock Effect


I want to thank NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Christopher Sherlock Webster always blamed his Holmes-obsessed father for burdening him with an embarrassing middle name. He spent his school days desperately trying to live it down.

But after his old man prematurely dies, Christopher finds that he has somehow inherited the very same obsession…

Teaming up with Mo Rennie, a marketing-conscious pal, he starts up an agency called Baskerville’s, which specialises in the application of rigorous Holmesian method.

Here are five bizarre adventures from the files – a sumptuous feast upon which the gastronome of crime may gorge.

– A young beautician is stalked by a haunting stranger through the narrow streets of Cambridge. Yet he possesses love letters from the girl, ostensibly in her handwriting. How come?

– A science journalist disappears while investigating UFO sightings in Wiltshire. But is the explanation earthly or supernatural?

– When a pornographer receives death threats online he arranges protection 24/7. Will it work?

– A pop diva’s boyfriend is kidnapped twice by animal rights extremists. Should the ransom be paid again?

– Everything in the garden seems rosy when a millionaire widower meets Miss Perfect through a dating agency. But the lady soon starts to behave oddly. Should the wedding plans be shelved?

I really enjoyed this book and felt it was a great modern take on Sherlock Holmes. The first thing that caught my attention was the cover. As a lover of Sherlock, the cover immediately grabbed my attention and I’m glad I requested it.

The reason I am not giving this book 5 stars is because I think it would have felt more at home if it was written in Mo’s POV rather than the first person narrative with Sherl himself. I always enjoyed hearing things from what was inside Watson’s head but it’s probably just my preference.

This was more of a collection of short stories which I LOVED! I was able to squeeze one in here and there when a Holmes fix was needed! I enjoyed the characters and thought the mysteries were fun! This book definitely has all those nice Holmesian feels and would recommend it to other fans!😄

21 thoughts on “Book Review: The Sherlock Effect

  1. I started reading Sherlock novels properly after we had ‘The Hound Of the Baskervilles’ as part of my high school English course material. I like that this is a modern take on Shakespeare. And your review on it is really nice as well!

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  2. I honestly like the BBC version of sherlock much more than the American version. Not the there is anything really wrong with Elementary…but it’s just not as much fun as the British one.
    This books looks definitely cool. Even though it’s not a type of book that I usually read …I might pick this one up. By the way: I think you have set a record for your blog today. Don’t think I have ever seen this many posts from you on one day: awesome 😘😘❤️❤️

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