Read on for our review of this Sherlock Holmes novel.
Several years ago Nicholas Meyer wrote The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, an international bestseller which delved into Sherlock Holmes unfortunate descent into madness due to his cocaine addiction and introduced him to famed Doctor, Sigmund Freud. Meyer’s other Holmes’ novels also introduced him to famous personalities such as George Bernard Shaw, Gilbert and Sullivan (The West-End Horror) and even the notorious Phantom of the Opera (The Canary Trainer). After a hiatus of 26 years, Meyer’s has written his fourth Sherlock Holmes novel, The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols. This latest offering sends him rushing to Tsarist Russia aboard the Orient Express with the Russian-born socialist and writer, Anna Walling, co-founder of the NAACP.
Meyers story begins with a now 50 year old Holmes contemplating retirement. That is until Holmes brother, Mycroft, enlists his service after a British secret agent is found floating in the Thames carrying the pages of a manuscript purporting to be The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a secret, anti-semetic organization bent on nothing less than world domination. Holmes, Watson and Walling find themselves in a desperate race to stop the spread of the protocols before their hateful rhetoric plunges the world into chaos and war.
The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols is not Meyer’s best Holmes’ effort, but a tad bit of rustiness can be expected after so long away from the character. Having said that, it is still a good story with a fast-moving plot, and it is almost assured of following in it’s brethren’s footsteps on the the best-sellers lists. Besides, just having Nicholas Meyer writing a new Sherlock Holmes novel is cause for celebration and definitely worth giving it a read. You might also find some time to work in The Seven-Per-Cent Solution while you’re at it, it’s currently on the shelf here at the library. – PPL staffer Erik
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