Many writers have (sometimes injudiciously) taken up the mantle of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to continue chronicling the adventures of the most famous inhabitant of 221b Baker Street, but Guy Adams is one of the cleverest and most assured, already gleaning praise from such writers as Christopher Fowler (no slouch himself). When a body is found crushed to death in the Metropolis, footprints in the snow surrounding it should (logically) offer a clue — except that there are none. It is up to the formidable Sherlock Holmes and his associate Dr Watson to illuminate the mystery. The duo travel to Scotland to meet the one individual who may be able to help: the sinister (real life) occultist Alistair Crowley. Like Kim Newman, Guy Adams is adept at mixing characters from both real life and fiction in his intoxicating brew, and the runic expert and demonologist Julian Carswell (from MR James ‘Casting the Runes’, memorably filmed by Jacques Tourneur as Night at the Demon) also makes an appearance here. Intoxicating stuff, delivered with real flair, and a worthy addition to Titan Books growing library of Holmes tales by diverse hands.

Sherlock Holmes: The Breath of God Guy Adams

Titan Books

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