The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes : Scroll of the Dead Paperback
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's timeless creation returns in a new series of handsomely designed, long out-of-print detective stories.
From the earliest days of Holmes' career to his astonishing encounters with Martian invaders, the "Further Adventures" series encapsulates the most varied and thrilling cases of the worlds' greatest detective.
Holmes attends a seance to unmask an impostor posing as a medium, Sebastian Melmoth, a man hell-bent on obtaining immortality after the discovery of an ancient Egyptian papyrus.
It is up to Holmes and Watson to stop him and avert disaster...In this fast-paced adventure, the action moves from London to the picturesque Lake District as Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson once more battle with the forces of evil.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 208 pages
- Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 23/10/2009
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781848564930
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Review by historymystery
This is an entertaining story from start to finish but I’m not sure it should be a Sherlock Holmes story. The period setting worked well, the plot believable and the characters of Holmes and Watson are engaging. However, the problem with a Holmes story is the expectations that Conan Doyle’s fans have of the characters, the intricacy of the plots and the methods by which the villains are caught. In the early part of this book, I found I reached conclusions that Holmes then explains before Watson and I think that the reader should be as surprised as Watson when Holmes explains his deductions. There is a tendency in this book to develop the Holmes and Watson characters in directions which may not be in the original spirit of the characters. For example, Holmes has a paragraph tirade against women in which he concludes that the only predictable thing about them is that they are unpredictable. This actually contradicts Holmes assumptions later in the book in which he does not doubt his ability to detain a female intent on murdering him despite her obvious mental instability. I’m not sure these views are consistent with the original Holmes character, who I understood to believe himself superior to all people not just women. Despite these criticisms, I did enjoy the book, particularly the end chase and final conclusion. It’s an easy read and teenagers would really enjoy this. Conan Doyle fans should be prepared to go along with a good mystery and adventure story and give up certain expectations.
Review by ClicksClan
For Christmas, I padded out Mr. Click's stocking with a couple of The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes books, both by David Stuart Davies. It was actually one of these books that we first spotted when we discovered this series of Sherlock Holmes stories written by contemporary authors. They've mostly been published before, but they've been attractively re-packaged in matching covers (so they look nice and snazzy on our bookcase).The first of the two that Mr. Click read was The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Scroll of the Dead and when he finished with it in February, I picked it up myself.Last year I read a book of short stories, all in a similar vein to the Further Adventures books, called The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and one of the main factors influencing whether or not I enjoyed a story was the tone it was written in. Some of the stories felt like they could have been written by Conan Doyle; others felt like they fell short of the mark somehow, like you could switch out the characters names and you wouldn't miss out on anything in the story. I remember one in the book which completely pulled me out of the story because Watson referred to his waste paper basket as a 'trash can', it's silly, but something as simple as that can spoil an otherwise okay story.The Scroll of the Dead largely felt like it could have been written by Conan Doyle, with the exception of a couple of places where information which Watson wouldn't have known had been added in. Though there was a slight disclaimer at the beginning of the story which explained that he had included information which he had learned later on. Without that little note, I probably would have been irritated by the extra information, but because I was expecting them, I accepted it without complaint.I did find the actual plot a little bit tricky to follow in places. It was quite a convoluted case, but I followed what was going on well enough. I did read it quite quickly, so I wonder if perhaps I missed something because I was reading it late at night and early in the morning when I was probably not really with it, hehe.It wasn't the sort of case which I could solve as I went along. I remember being thrilled when I was reading The Adventure of the Lion's Mane and figuring out what had happened way at the beginning of the story (mainly because of the title). It was kind of nice to sit feeling smug while the great detective himself was still puzzling it out. In The Scroll of the Dead, I didn't feel like I could work it out by myself. It more a case of sitting back and watching the action, rather than getting involved with it myself.All that aside, it was well written and it ended well. I'm quite looking forward to reading the other one I bough for Mr. Click (just as soon as he's finished Moriarty and providing he doesn't decide to go on and read the Colin Dexter set he's had sitting on our bookcase for several months now).