Reviewed: 2014-10-24 - (Review Updated: 2015-03-25)
These are good times for fans of Holmesania. Not only are the wonderful Jeremy Brett Holmes productions available, and there are two very enjoyable productions currently being produced; the wonderful "Sherlock" with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, and the somewhat lesser (but still pleasant) "Elementary" with Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. What both of these productions have in common is the focus on the character of Dr. Watson.
Now Belinda LaPage has written a pastiche of a Sherlock Holmes story and Victorian erotica, and it is wonderful! Let me clear the decks to say that the story is not only well-written, it is well edited. Whether Ms LaPage uses an editor or whether she is that rare writer who can spot flaws in her own work (alas, I am not!) I care not. What counts is what is on the page, and her text is clean and flowing.
She has caught the voice of Conan Doyle I can hear the dialog in the voices of Rathbone and Brett. Her Victorian erotica is not completely authentic, but frankly, this is an advantage. If you have read much of this genre, you will appreciate her elevation of the form.
Ms LaPage's Holmes is as we remember him: logical, cool, superior, and more than a bit arrogant. But her Watson is much more in line with modern retellings. He is smart, controlled, and yet passionate.
Holmes and Watson are presented a case in which all of Holmes knowledge and experience are inadequate. Watson, however, has the training, experience and compassion to bring things to a satisfactory conclusion.
Let me encourage everyone to read this story, even if you are not a Holmes fan. It is funny, sexy, smart, and a delight. Highest ratings.