Sherlock Holmes: The Stuff of Nightmares by James Lovegrove
It’s the autumn of 1890, and a spate of bombings has hit London. The newspapers are full of fevered speculation about anarchists, anti-monarchists and Fenians. But one man suspects an even more sinister hand behind the violence.
Sherlock Holmes believes Professor Moriarty is orchestrating a nationwide campaign of terror, but to what end?
At the same time, a bizarrely garbed figure has been spotted on the rooftops and in the grimy back alleys of the capital. He moves with the extraordinary agility of a latter-day Spring-heeled Jack. He possesses weaponry and armour of unprecedented sophistication. He is known only by the name Baron Cauchemar, and he appears to be a scourge of crime and villainy.
But is this masked man truly the force for good that he seems? Is he connected somehow to the bombings? Holmes and his faithful companion Dr Watson are about to embark on one of their strangest and most exhilarating adventures yet.
From its breath-taking and shocking opening, you know this is going to be a memorable outing for Holmes and Watson. London has, through the suspected terrorist attacks, become a city under siege. With mounting social unrest, the threat of riots and fear and confusion everywhere, our heroes are up against time as well as a formidable and cunning adversary.
This “problem” goes right to the heart of the British Empire, threatening the institution of the Monarchy itself. You know there is big trouble when the usually unflappable older brother of Holmes, Mycroft is rattled.
The enigmatic character of Baron Cauchemar is exciting and reminiscent of Iron Man or Batman. This nineteenth century vigilante suffers from the same problem: is he a friend or foe?
With its martial arts, fast, unrelenting action, suspense and heroics this has all the ingredients you could hope for in a Sherlock Holmes adventure. Fortunately, it is also clear that Lovegrove is a fan of Holmes’ creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as there are plenty of references and allusions to the original canon. Furthermore, and crucially, the characters of Holmes, Watson, Mycroft and Lestrade all ring true. These are not just caricatures, but the same people from the original four novels and fifty-six short stories. They are here with all their individual tics, mannerisms and eccentricities.
So, we have Sherlock Holmes, steampunk, a nineteenth century crime fighter, and a plot that could change the face of Europe. Dramatic, gripping, exciting and respectful to its source material, I thoroughly enjoyed every surprise and twist as the story unfolded. If this is to be Lovegrove’s sole novel (he has already written a Holmes pastiche prior to this) then he has left us with a very impressive continuation novel indeed.
Sherlock Holmes: The Stuff of Nightmares by James Lovegrove
Published 2013 by Gollancz
This Sherlock Holmes: The Stuff of Nightmares book review was written by Daniel Cann
Have you read Sherlock Holmes: The Stuff of Nightmares?
We've found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them. So if you have a spare moment, please tell us your thoughts by writing a reader's review. Thank you.
Sherlock Holmes: The Stuff of Nightmares reader reviews
Deepti from United Kingdom
What a an imaginative plot with brilliant inventions which makes a reader to adhere themselves to the book. A gripping tale of Sherlock Holmes through Dr Watson's eyes with several twists and turns in a true Holmes style with a nail biting finale. Truly enjoyed it and would recommend to everyone who loves the best detective in the world.
8.8/10 from 2 reviews
Write a reader review
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book.
More recommended reading in this genre
The Last Minute
9.21am: business as usual on a high street in England. 9.22am: the explosions are heard for miles around, and in the early confusion there is talk of a gas leak, a plane cr...
Eliminating the Possible
Imagine the richly detailed Victorian London of Sherlock Holmes reinvented as a steampunk world created by the criminal genius of his arch-nemesis, Professor James Moriarty...
Looking for more suggestions? Try these pages:
Best of 2016
A Study in Brimstone
Warlock Holmes is an idiot. Frankly, he couldn't deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only thing he has really got going for him are his arcane power, the might of a tho...
Books of the Month
A selection of books - old and new alike - that were a joy to read.
Paris was supposed to save Hallie. Now... well, let’s just say Paris has other ideas. There’s a strange woman called The Chronometrist who will not leave her alone. Garbled warnings from bizarre creatures keep her up at night. And there’s a time portal in the keg room of the bar where she works. Soon, Hallie is tumbling through...
A corrupted city. A dark dream of power. Luke is a prisoner, condemned for a murder he didn’t commit. Abi is a fugitive, desperate to free him before magic breaks his...
The Fifth Empire of Man
Rob J Hayes
The Pirate Isles are united under Drake Morrass’ flag, but the war has only just begun. There’s still a long way to go before he’s able to call himself Ki...
Ian C Esslemont
After the disappointments of Li Heng, Dancer and Kellanved wash up on a small insignificant island named Malaz. Immediately, of course, Kellanved plans to take it over. To ...
Age of Swords
Michael J Sullivan
Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but long-standing enmities dividing the Rhunes make it all but impossible to unite against the co...
A Time of Dread
The Ben-Elim, a race of warrior angels, once vanquished a mighty demon horde. Now they rule the Banished lands. But their dominion is brutally enforced and their ancient en...
The Last Dog on Earth
Adrian J Walker
Every dog has its day... And for Lineker, a happy go lucky mongrel from Peckham, the day the world ends is his: finally a chance to prove to his owner just how loyal he can...