TTP Review of Sherlock Holmes: and the Mystery of the Broken Window by William Todd

With the possible exception of Ebenezer Scrooge, Mr. Sherlock Holmes is perhaps the most famous literary character of all time. Along with his constant companion and confidante, Doctor Watson, Holmes has been portrayed in print, on radio and television, and on stage and screen. His creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, has been dead for over eighty-five years yet the Holmes legacy lives on stronger than ever. If, therefore, you endeavor to tell a new Sherlock Holmes story you better make sure you does it right.   In Sherlock Holmes: and the Mystery of the Broken Window, author William Todd did just that.

The story is not a traditional locked room who done it. In fact, when a beautiful fifteen-year-old girl disappears from her home, the first and most obvious clue is that her bedroom window has been smashed. There are, however, no other signs of entrance or egress.   A local constable has his theory but the missing girl’s brother does not believe his assessment of the situation so he heads to Baker Street in search of Sherlock Holmes.   With Watson in tow Holmes does what he does best, investigating the scene and using his uncanny powers of deduction to perceive what others do not.  He of course solves the mystery and does so in stunning fashion.

Sherlock Holmes: and the Mystery of the Broken Window is William Todd’s first Sherlock Holmes story and I hope others will follow. In my opinion, the author does an admirable job remaining true to Doyle’s original Holmes adventures and that is no easy task. Todd crafts a pretty compelling mystery too. Give it a try and see for yourself.


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