An Improbable Truth: The Paranormal Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Thank you Mocha Memoirs Press for publishing this anthology of wonderful, chilling tales of my favorite detective! Thank you to all the authors willing to tackle the challenge of keeping Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character alive and accurate!
Ahh....what a flash to the past I had reading the first story in this anthology series! I remember picking up my first Sherlock Holmes book for a book report in my sixth grade classroom. My teacher thought it was too advanced for little ole me, but I dove headlong into the creative antics of these characters and have adored them sense. TV and the cinema have done a pretty good job of bringing Sherlock "to life", my favorite acted out by Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in BCC's Sherlock, however the true mastery of these stories lies in the writing.
This anthology takes a twist on the traditional Sherlock tale as Holmes and Watson unravel the truths behind supernatural occurrences in 19th Century England. Werewolves, vampires, ghouls and the likes stump the great detective in finding an earthly, scientific and logical solution to these crimes. I have picked my three favorite stories from this book and will give a brief explanation of why I liked them the best out of the fourteen shorts in this book.
#3 - The Fairy Pool by Lucy Blue
Besides strong, sassy elderly women and local fairy tales that amuse every child's heart, the best part about Lucy Blue's story is her descriptive nature in how she created her fantasy world and shoved Sherlock down the rabbit hole, so to speak. *cough* The forest, the ruins and the underground water caves make me want to explore them like the young character Sherlock is investigating. I was there in those caves with Watson as he recalls the monster underneath the lagoon, thrilled to the bones, eating my popcorn faster and faster with each page.
#2 - The Adventure of the Missing Trophy by Mark W. Coulter
Thank you Mark W. Coulter for bringing the supernatural elements into Sherlock and Watson's lives on a much more personal level than the other stories! Well done, sir, you surprised me! I have read so much Sherlockian lore that I can sometimes predict what's going to happen next in the story or can sometimes guess who the culprit it before our famous detective reveals it, but your twist in this tale made me smile with glee as the rain thundered outside my window. I did NOT see that coming! Thank you publishers as well for your placement of Mark's story in the book. I fear I was starting to yawn in my reading and needed a pick me up. The Adventure of the Missing Trophy delivered just that!
#1 - The Arendall Horror by Thomas Olbert
Horror indeed. I made the mistake of reading this one at night, so if scary ghastly faces and icky gooey monsters terrify you, leave the light while you read. This story is ranked number one because of its unique paranormal case and poor afflicted victims. Thomas did a good job writing the emotions felt by the characters in this story and it clearly remained in my mind to muddle over after I finished the book. Good show lad!
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M. J. Riley