Sherlock Holmes and The Affair In Transylvania by Gerry O'Hara
|Sherlock Holmes and The Affair In Transylvania by Gerry O'Hara
|Category: Crime (Historical)
|Reviewer: Robert James
|Summary: Enjoyable meeting of two classic Victorian characters. Certainly one worth taking a look at if you're a Holmes or Dracula fan.
|Date: November 2011
|Publisher: MX Publishing
|External links: Author's website
I normally start reviews with a brief plot summary, but it seems almost beside the point to do so for a book entitled Sherlock Holmes and the Affair in Transylvania. From those seven words, the reader will have no doubt guessed that this is a Holmes meets Dracula story, and so we may as well move straight on to the burning question – is it any good?
Yes, in many ways, it is. The substitution of Holmes and Watson for Van Helsing is the main change in a story which follows the original fairly closely – other minor characters are removed or changed a bit, but we get Renfield, Lucy, Mina, and of course the Count himself drawn fairly faithfully. Most notably, Holmes and Watson themselves are extremely close to Conan Doyle’s originals; no real surprise as this is almost always a real strength of authors signed by MX Publishing. Having said that, if I have a minor fault to find with it, it’s that it perhaps sticks a little bit too closely to the original Stoker novel; if anything; maybe a few more surprises would have made it even better. Nevertheless, it held my attention from start to finish and will stick in the memory thanks to a few especially effective scenes and the great characterization of the central pair. I should also point out that I’ve read so many Holmes books recently that I’m perhaps harder to impress than the average reader, and while this doesn’t quite rank up there with the very best (which I’ll mention below), it’s a solid first novel and I would definitely be interested in reading more by Gerry O’Hara.
Overall this is an exciting and entertaining read which will definitely appeal to both Sherlockians and fans of Bram Stoker.
For a similar Holmes crossover with another famous Victorian character, Rendezvous at the Populaire : A Novel of Sherlock Holmes by Kate Workman is worth checking out. My current favourite Holmes books (apart from the originals, at least!) are the spellbinding reimaginings, with a wonderful half-fairy Holmes, Shadowfall: A Novel of Sherlock Holmes by Tracy Revels and the sequel Shadowblood: A Novel Of Sherlock Holmes. You might like to try Watson's Afghan Adventure by Kieran McMullen: we had our reservations.
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