The Manifestations of Sherlock Holmes

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A man believes he has accidentally cursed his family. A woman suspects her husband’s suicide was faked and that he is still alive. A young housemaid asks for help proving her innocence in the death of her employer. A man accused of his employer’s death believes a deadly spirit committed the act, and Holmes ventures behind the veil of spirit mediums to solve the crime.

From the above summations, you might assume that this is a run-of-the-mill collection of Holmes stories, but that’s only half the collection. Other tales venture into Holmes’ darker side in a Jekyll-and-Hyde-esque misadventure, encounters with the cosmic horrors of H.P. Lovecraft, a Christmas caper for Doctor Watson, and even a story told from the point of view of Toby, the dog who occasionally assists Holmes in his investigations.

Rarely does a collection of Holmes stories cast a net as widely as The Manifestations of Sherlock Holmes, and yet, most of the stories work nicely. While it’s true that the majority of them don’t feel as if they could have been penned by Doyle, that doesn’t disqualify them from due consideration in my book. Quite the contrary in fact, as I thoroughly enjoyed the ambitiousness in some of these tales, even if they all don’t stick the landing.

James Lovegrove continues to be one of the most engaging and adventurous authors expanding the Holmes canon on the market today, and this collection proves he has plenty of clever, cunning, and occasionally off-the-wall ideas for the Great Detective.


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Author James Lovegrove
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 288 pages
Publisher Titan Books
Publish Date 1/21/2020
ISBN 9781789092004
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Issue September 2020
Category Mystery, Crime & Thriller
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