Holmes Sweet Holmes

Reading & Writing

The BBC ‘Sherlock’ reboot opening episode was just about perfect in the way it transposed past and present, adding layers of meaning to both – it managed not to offend purists, and brought much that was new (and entirely logical) to the party. The addition of modern graphics and gadgetry felt oddly Victorian. Like most classic crime, the puzzles take precedence over procedure – and this matched the spirit of the original. Running gags like the substitution of nicotine patches for cocaine and the way in which the pair are always being comfortably assumed to be lovers worked brilliantly.

Then, with the second show, it all went horribly wrong. Suddenly we had sinister orientals with blow-darts, Fu Manchu types lurking in railway tunnels, graphics used in an entirely spurious fashion and no Lestrade. What century were we in? Certainly not the 21st. So now, the jury remains out to see if they can get back the balance that worked so perfectly at the start.

And with the renewed popularity of all things Sherlock, you may be interested to know that I’ve written a second Holmes Story (‘The Lady Downstairs’ was my first, recorded by Hannah Gordon).

‘The Adventure Of Lucifer’s Footprints’ will appear in ‘Gaslight Arcanum: Uncanny Tales Of Sherlock Holmes’, the third in the series of new dark tales concerning the world’s only consulting detective.

7 comments on “Holmes Sweet Holmes”

  1. I thought the third episode of Sherlock went back to what had worked in the first one, reducing the second one to the status of unfortunate filler material (still quite watchable, mind you, in spite of the penny dreadful material). One thing, though — I’m waiting for a fuller story on Moriarty. I keep hoping this is not the real one, because, frankly, though his origin and modus operandi made perfect sense, the character himself was an annoying shrilly marmoset whom I hope will be discovered in the long run to be an impersonator.

  2. Gunnerleigh says:

    Yes, I found the BBC’s Sherlock both fresh and exciting. While the second episode was a bit of a let down (ok, quite a let down) I believe the third and final episode went a long way in redeeming the series. I eagerly await the second series next year, and, of course, your new short story.

  3. Derek Starnes says:

    Have to admit Moriaty as “Graham Norton” was too much for me! How a show could lose its way so quickly. Promised so much. Look forward to the short story. Have you read the David Stuart Davies Holmes tales? Great fun.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    so where can you get Gaslight Arcanum? Amazon US and Amazon UK doesnt seem to carry it

  5. admin says:

    Interesting – It’s probably not got its publication details announced yet, that’s all.

  6. Helen Martin says:

    Personally, I’m a fan of Laurie R. King’s Holmes series, where a totally opposite view is taken and you meet the retired Holmes, who is infuriated by the “nonsense” Dr. Watson wrote. “Locked Rooms” set in San Francisco is a fascinating study of a blocked mind and “The Moor” revisits Dartmoor and includes S. Baring-Gould, the folklorist and hymn writer. They’re not scary at all, though, because Homes and Mary assume right from the beginning that there is a natural event behind any mystery.

  7. Mike Cane says:

    That second episode was indeed ghastly. It’s airing here in the US now (I, of course, saw it just a few hours after the BBC aired it; This Is The Internet), so I tell people they must slog through 2 for the Watson character development. Thank god 3 righted everything!

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