The Secret Archives of Sherlock Holmes

Written by June Thomson
Review by Doug Kemp

June Thomson has published a number of these pastiches of the famous stories of Arthur Conan Doyle. They all consist of a series of rediscovered cases written by Dr Watson towards the end of the 19th century, now in the possession of a relative. These stories are recognisably in the narrative style and voice of Dr Watson, with his enthusiasm and occasionally ingenuous observation of the brilliance of Holmes, using characters and cases referred to in the canon. They are excellent entertainment and are plotted well, though there is the occasional lacunae left unexplained and a historical solecism or two. Holmes displays his usual admirable detective work to solve cases that leave the more pedestrian Watson floundering behind. Very much recommended for Holmes and Watson aficionados who wish to read more about the affairs of these two upstanding Englishmen.