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Book Reviews: Chasers + Bad Blood + The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures

Being Human: Chasers by Mark Michalowski

This book centres on George and so is full of his him being pompous, stuffy and self righteous. Meanwhile Mitchell has a stalker. This was set some indeterminate time into series 2 and was sadly a dull read.

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Being Human: Bad Blood by James Goss

Denise, an old friend of Annie’s shows up. She wants to party with Annie, Mitchell and George. What could go wrong? Well Denise’s visit leads to arson, death, a vampire mob, death and screaming and that’s just for starters. This is a very good book with a tasty picture of Mitchell on the cover.

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The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures edited by Mike Ashley

A somewhat pompous and very disappointing collection of tales of lost adventures of the great detective. Sadly none deals with the memorable untold tale of “Ricoletti of the club-foot and his abominable wife”.

The stories are boring, in 98% of them Waston comes across as not only stupid but utterly superfluous to the plot and Holmes seems to pull the solutions to the mysteries out of his ass. There are also numerous mis-spellings.

Still there are four fairly readable stories contained in this volume. ‘The Affray at the Kildare Street club’ which sees a young Holmes has his first confrontation with Sebastian Moran. ‘The Case of the Incumbent Invalid’ which sees Holmes solve an inheritance scam. ‘The Mystery of the Addleton Curse’ which sees Holmes investigate a cursed barrow and finally ‘The Case of the Last Battle’ which tells of how Holmes and Watson brought about the World War 1 armistice on the 11th day at the 11th hour.

Best Line:
“Holmes, are you suffering from the effects of a thorough thrashing?”
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