Aug. 9, 2019

One of the great silent horror films crosses over with the world of Sherlock Holmes!

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes The Instrument of Death by David Stuart Davies

Gustav Caligari was a young man beset by his demons. Unable to attend classes, he is tutored by a man named Hans Bruner. Bruner introduces him to the idea of black magic. Later, he studies to become a Doctor, purely for the money he will need to carry on with his real passion, murder!

Doctor Caligari flees from Prague, where he is suspected in the death of a young woman. He sets up shop in London. From this point the story progresses much like the movie, but with a different drugged/hypnotized accomplice.

A girl is killed in London, and Holmes becomes involved.

The story is certainly well-written, with great depth of characters and plot. The constant battle between Holmes and Caligari rages throughout, and Caligari is a devious villain whose wits nearly match the Great Detective. And Caligari knows exactly how to harm Holmes the worst!

I give the book five stars!

Quoth the Raven…

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