Mar. 22, 2018

This is volume four in the Sherlock Holmes and the American Literati series.

The Outrage at the Diogenes Club by Daniel Victor

Perhaps Mycroft Holmes is a tad too predictable…

My thanks go out to Steve and Timi at MX Publishing for my copy of this book. Undershaw forever!

Jack London makes contact with Watson during the time London lived in disguise in the East End getting material for his novel “The People of the Abyss.” He states that he has come across evidence of a crime syndicate planning a series of assassinations of public figures. He even has names.

London is in his street disguise and Watson is rather uncharitable, mentally insulting anything from London’s nationality to his intelligence. When Holmes arrives home, he and Watson share a good laugh over the very idea that London could have discovered something that Holmes doesn’t already know.

But then people on the list start dying…

Frankly, I found this book less interesting than the three books that precede it in this series. Where the others were expanded and retold versions of original Doyle stories, this one lacks that particular charm. For me, the story would work fine without the addition of Jack London. London is more of an opening gambit than a participant in the tale. The other stories benefit from the inclusion of American authors; this one is more like “meh!”

I am not saying that Victor’s writing is any less than before, but this story misses the formula that made the other books so unique. The whole thing is just a major let down. I didn’t really like it at all.

I will give it three stars…

Quoth the Raven…

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