In this case, ghosts do apply…
In Unhallowed Rest a Sherlock Holmes Novel by John Sutton
My thanks go out to Steve and Time at MX Publishing for my copy of this book. Undershaw forever!
Watson goes to the aide of Simon Brinton, as Sherlock Holmes is out on other business. Brinton is in shocking physical condition. He states that he doesn’t have long to live and he fears his soul is damned for all of eternity. He then mentions a chilling word—vampires!
This is not your father’s Sherlock Holmes story. When Holmes was contacted in “The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire” he stated that no ghosts need apply, that his agency stands firmly upon logic. However, in this case, he readily accepts the idea of vampires. He already has a book handy to deal with how they appear and how to combat them.
Holmes in the original stories is hardly a religious man, but in this one, he acknowledges the value of crucifixes and holy water as weapons against the undead evil. He knows that vampires must follow certain rules, such as sleeping in a coffin during the day and being unable to enter a house without an invitation. This is stretched a bit, saying an open window is an invitation, but the point is he has knowledge that he formerly scoffed at.
I found the illustrations delightful, really giving support to the author’s prose. If you are not a Holmes purist and can take this tale in the spirit in which it is presented, it’s a pretty good read!
There are a few times when I felt that the story dragged a bit. Therefore, I give the book four stars.
Quoth the Raven…