Sherlock Holmes has had numerous homages and spoofs done, so it’s hard to find a new twist on this beloved canon. But “Warlock Holmes, A Study in Brimstone” by G.S. Denning manages to deliver. Warlock Holmes is a master of the dark arts but wouldn’t recognize a clue if it left flaming footprints in the middle of a moor. Luckily, with the help of some supernatural friends and the deductive skills of his new roommate Dr. John Watson, Sherlock may survive long enough to solve some mysteries.
As a diehard Sherlock fan, I have high standards for anyone attempting to take on this genre. I was hesitant when reading the plot description but Denning did a great job of taking on this larger than life character and tweaking it into a completely new take, while retaining the charm of the original. I enjoyed how the author took original stories and reworked them into new supernatural laden delights. I’m eagerly awaiting the next book to see how the character development continues.
Sherlock Holmes is an unparalleled genius who uses the gift of deduction and reason to solve the most vexing of crimes.
Warlock Holmes, however, is an idiot. A good man, perhaps; a font of arcane power, certainly. But he’s brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldn’t deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only thing he has really got going for him are the might of a thousand demons and his stalwart flatmate. Thankfully, Dr. Watson is always there to aid him through the treacherous shoals of Victorian propriety… and save him from a gruesome death every now and again.
An imaginative, irreverent and addictive reimagining of the world’s favourite detective, Warlock Holmes retains the charm, tone and feel of the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle while finally giving the flat at 221b Baker Street what it’s been missing for all these years: an alchemy table.
Reimagining six stories, this riotous mash-up is a glorious new take on the ever-popular Sherlock Holmes myth, featuring the vampire Inspector Vladislav Lestrade, the ogre Inspector Torg Grogsson, and Dr. Watson, the true detective at 221b. And Sherlock. A warlock.