Sherlock Book Reviews - Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of The Elusive Ear

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Irene Adler is an elusive figure in the Sherlock Holmes canon. Was she more than the only woman who played Holmes at his own game — and won?

David MacGregor has written three Holmes plays, now adapted as a series of short novels, taking the relationship of Adler and Holmes to a new level, under the overall title of Sherlock in Love: The Holmes-Adler Mysteries. The first, The Adventure of the Elusive Ear, introduces the reader to a whole new living situation at 221B: imagine if Mrs Hudson was Dr Watson’s creation to replace Miss Adler — the infamous duo are actually a trio! In this first story, the artist Vincent Van Gogh arrives in London, where he had lived for a while in the 1870s. Holmes receives a surprise visit from the great painter, and from the daughter of his arch-nemesis, Professor Moriarty. A third visitor is the one and only Oscar Wilde, who provides a helping hand in the case. The presence of the familiar historical figures of Van Gogh and Wilde enhances the atmosphere of 19th century England — and Europe.

An avid reader can’t go wrong with adding this different and fun story to the Sherlock Holmes world.


Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of The Elusive Ear and the rest of the series is available through the Sherlockian Author Profile - David MacGregor.

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