Book Review: Sherlock Holmes Goes To The Trenches

The Great War is a Sherlock Holmes novel written by Simon Guerrier and is published by Titan Books. In this volume, Sherlock Holmes is a bit older, but his deductive abilities remain intact. He meets a young volunteer orderly during the First World War named Augusta Watson, who happens the narrator. Holmes explained that he was drawn into an investigation of a dead officer whose records have been stolen. There are some disturbing reports of cowardice. Holmes and this new Watson find themselves in the crosshairs of a conspiracy that stretches across opposing fronts.

Guerrier presents a pretty engaging addition to the vast collection of Sherlock Holmes pastiche works. Sherlock Holmes was first created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He has been the subject of several other original works by various authors. Guerrier is competent enough to add his voice to the pool.

Guerrier explores the social standing of women during this period of history. Gus Watson does aspire to be a doctor as well and also seems to share some of the abilities of deductive reasoning demonstrated by Holmes. Holmes has a famous distrust of the fairer sex, however he finds plenty of reason to respect this particular Watson.

This novel is pretty decently written. There isn’t much to have it be considered a stand out, but there is little reason to be overly harsh. I did respect that Guerrier did not rely on many of the trappings of his colleagues when writing about Holmes. Too many of the other pastiche writers in this series keep resurrecting Professor Moriarty or having Holmes in the middle of some supernatural type of problem. Guerrier manages to avoid those temptations. The notion of Holmes finally getting pulled into the Great War is not a bad idea.

This is a reasonably well written novel with a likeable enough narrator in Augusta Watson. The Great War is not a great entry into the Titan Books series, but it is still a long way from being a waste of time.

Speaking of pastiche writers, I am next going to revisit another well established literary and silver screen icon. Anthony Horowitz decides to present the first mission James Bond took on as 007 in Forever and a Day.

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