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Book Reviews: The Veiled Detective + Hex Hall

The Veiled Detective by David Stuart Davies

Everyone knows the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, or do they? This novel portrays their early adventures in a very different light.

What if Watson was an unreliable narrator? What if the cases he wrote about didn't really happen they way he described? What if his meeting and subsequent friendship with Holmes was arranged? What if Watson wasn't his real name and instead he was a paid agent of Professor Moriarity? This is a good reimagining of a classic partnership which sheds a new and somewhat unsavoury light on two characters you think you know.

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Sophie Mercer misuses her magical abilities and so is shipped off to Hecate Hall, a reform school for witches, shapeshifters and faeries. Sophie soon has enemies in the form of the school mean girls, a pack of pretentious prigs who bully her endlessly. She also gets a ghostly stalker, a roommate who is a vampire and a crush on a smug jerk. Life at Hex Hall pretty much sucks. But Sophie is not a soft little dove, she's a raptor. She just doesn't know it yet.

This is an excellent and funny read. It seems to be the first in a series and I fully intend to read any follow ups.
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