Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula : or, The adventure of the sanguinary count

From  Andrea Kalinowski
Author:  John H. Watson
Title:  Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula : or, The adventure of the sanguinary count 
Sherlock Holmes is an enduring character in my literary world. He is a tall, gaunt man, famous for stating “How often have I said to you (Watson) that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?” In Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula or the Adventure of the Sanguinary Count by John H. Watson, M.D. as edited by Loren D. Estleman, Sherlock Holmes is on the trail of that most imfamous vampire, Count Dracula of Transylvania. The Count has decided to relocate his base of operations, little realizing the formidable opponent he will face upon England’s shores. Holmes solicits the assistance of his erstwhile and forever faithful companion, John Watson in fighting this villain. There are some hairy moments when the fate of these two men seems to hang in the balance.

Garment of Shadows

From Andrea Kalinowski
Author:  Laurie R. King
Garment of Shadows 
Garment of Shadows by Laurie R. King is the further adventures of Sherlock Holmes and his wife, Mary Russell. That’s right, the great misogynist is married, and has been for a while. The latest installment occurs in Morocco where Mary Russell awakes in a strange room with blood on her hands. She slowly awakes to the realization that she is suffering from amnesia. Her native instinct for survival, leads her to safety. She is reunited with her husband and slowly her memories fall into place. However, the danger is not past, the enemies must still be discovered. She and Sherlock must uncover the true mastermind who is plotting against the safety of the British Empire. A fast, entertaining read.

The house of silk : a Sherlock Holmes novel

From  Andrea  Kalinowski
Author:  Anthony Horowitz
The house of silk : a Sherlock Holmes novel
House of Silk is a good addition to the Sherlock Holmes mystique. Dr. Watson is as always, Sherlock’s faithful amanuensis. The House of Silk is a criminal enterprise which has its evil tentacles in the most unusual places. The whole trail begins when a client attempts to engage Sherlock in a case. The whole novel is a case of double crosses and false leads. Mycroft, Sherlock’s brother, who never stirs from his chair due to his corpulence, makes a guest appearance at Baker Street, to issue a warning to his brother, a warning which Sherlock disregards in a most blatant way. Sherlock is, as always, several steps ahead of the criminals and at the end of the novel, whatever remains, however improbable, is the solution. This book was very entertaining and demonstrated Anthony Horowitz’s understanding of Sherlock Holmes/Dr. Watson functionality. An excellent read for a wintery evening , when night is closing in and mimics England’s weather scene.

The Language of Bees

From Tony Chan
author: King, Laurie R.
 The Language of Bees
I read Sherlock Holmes when I was young … mainly with Dr. Watson.  I thought it was quite interesting to read Sherlock Holmes through a woman’s point of view.  Although the writing was quite elaborate and at times, may be too elaborate, it had brought me into the story.  Along with some dry English humor, I enjoyed the book.  BTW, the story continues with The God of Hives.