Sherlock Holmes and the Knave of Hearts
Sherlock Holmes has fallen into depression and is abusing his cocaine habit. When Dr Watson insists that Holmes take a holiday, arrangements are made for them to go to France. Watson’s initial plan is amended when Holmes insists on using the opportunity to visit Jules Verne, with whom he has been corresponding. This simple decision leads the intrepid pair into involvement with a shadowy organisation called the Knave of Hearts. Who is the man with a fascination for raindrops? Who is trying to kill Jules Verne and why?
This is a partnership of equals. Holmes is the master of observation, logical and calculating. Watson is more physical, fit and well able to take care of himself in a fight, both with fists and pistol. All the characters are well drawn, and the storyline is realistic and fast- paced. The plot is based on an actual occurrence – there was an abortive attempt on Verne’s life which left him with a limp for the rest of his life. This is an entertaining addition to the genre. Recommended.