An alternative to Sherlock?

By LilLizzie

So this week I’ve been reading Mrs Hudson and the Spirits’ Curse by Martin Davies. I have to admit I was intrigued. In this series of books we follow not the great man himself but the ever faithful Mrs Hudson, who takes the lead in solving the crime, albeit in a much more self deprecating way. In fact we view the events from Mrs Hudson’s assistant a girl called Flotsam who is rescued from begging on the streets by Mrs Hudson. She fills a Watson-esq role being close to the action but, like the rest of us, is in the dark about how all the pieces fit till the end.

I will admit I am a big Sherlock fan so my initial impression was coloured by the fact the premise of the book is that Mrs Hudson knows more about what’s going on. Although that’s true most of this is well handled and makes sense. For example when a dagger and note is delivered, Mrs Hudson is able to determine several facts from the appearance of the man who delivers it, a man Holmes never meets as the message is taken upstairs by Flotsam. She also has information that comes through what I’m calling the servants network. She has served for several well known families and so still has contacts, and we all know the staff know everything that goes on. There are a few examples I disagree with but overall it does work well. And Sherlock does save the day so don’t think he is sitting around waiting for Mrs Hudson to do all the work.

Overall it was a good read. And I would have to recommend it as something a bit different.

If you want to check it out, click here to go to Amazon.


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