Book Review: Sherlock Holmes: The Stuff of Nightmares

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Book Review: Sherlock Holmes: The Stuff of Nightmares by James Lovegrove

Review by: Prof. Jenn

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Now obviously any Sherlock Holmes pastiche isn’t going to be Doyle. However, if one is going to set one’s pastiche in Victorian London, it needs to at least read like historical fiction. Especially if one is (rightfully so) writing said pastiche from Dr. Watson’s POV. It needs to sound like Victorian Watson’s narration. Stuff of Nightmares almost does this well, but the slip-ups are numerous enough to make it read in general as anachronistic. Here’s the low-down, according to me:

What I liked:

What I didn’t like:

Bottom Line: it’s mildly entertaining but not among the best of the Sherlockian pastiches. You can find a better.

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