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Japan: Sherlock Holmes, The Missing Years    by Vasudev Murthy order for
by Vasudev Murthy
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Poisoned Pen, 2015 (2015)
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*   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

I am very disappointed with Sherlock Holmes, The Missing Years: Japan by Vasudev Murthy. But maybe I'm not being fair. I have been a fan of Sherlock since I was a skinny little kid with pigtails and author Murthy captured him very well.

Murthy takes us back to the time when Holmes and his arch-enemy Professor Moriarty fell in a deadly embrace to their apparent deaths. When Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes series, grew weary of Holmes, he tried to kill him off. His fans wouldn't allow that to happen. Author Murthy picks up the story and resurrects Holmes in another plot with Doctor Watson.

Murthy's research is admirable. He ties in Holmes' activities with the state of the world at that time. It's interesting to know how relations were between China and Japan and whether the English pound was up or down against the American dollar.

But I looked for more than facts. I wanted some action to keep me reading, wondering what was coming next. Suspense would have fitted in very nicely. An old adage among writers is 'Show, don't tell.' I am sorry to say this book didn't do it for me.

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