Apr. 24, 2019

There are more things in heaven and earth…

Doctor Who Silhouette by Justin Richards

Staring the 12th Doctor and Clara, with Lady Vastra, Jenny Flint, and Strax

A ripple in time sends the Doctor and Clara to Victorian London. The Carnival of Curiosities is playing and a young woman demonstrates the art of shadow puppets. Even the Doctor has never seen the puppets manipulated in such a manner.

It is, as the Doctor proclaims, impossible. Somehow, the cut-out paper characters are almost alive! The woman calls herself “Silhouette…”

A man is stabbed to death inside a locked room. Since the knife is in his back, in a place he couldn’t have reached, it must be murder. The only clues Lady Vastra finds are small, delicate folded paper cranes. But they vanish somehow, almost under the noses of Vastra and the Doctor…

The Doctor and company keep running into characters that seem to be all too familiar. Besides Silhouette, they encounter characters named Empath and Affinity. They seem to work for a strange little man named Milton Orestes…

The story is well paced and the characters finely developed. The hidden secrets and the final reveal are handled in a beautiful manner. With heart-stopping scenes and fabulous character interaction; the story is well worth the read.

I do have a bone to pick with the cover artist. Do cover artists even read the source material? Silhouette is pictured on the cover with a black hooded cloak. The problem is that in the story, she always wears RED…

I give the book five stars!

Quoth the Raven…

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