Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Holmes

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Holmes

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Sherlock Holmes has already encountered the evil young hedonist Edward Hyde, and knew he was strangely connected with Henry Jekyll, the respectable young doctor. It was not until the Queen herself requested it, however, that Holmes was officially on the case of the savage murder of Sir Danvers Crew. Here, then is the account of that devilish crime as recorded by Dr Watson...

Publisher: London : Titan Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781848567474
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY EST
Characteristics: 238 p. ;,21 cm.
Alternative Title: Doctor Jekyll and Mister Holmes

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Aug 06, 2015

This book drags on and on. Finally, I deleted it in my Ebook.

forbesrachel Sep 23, 2013

The foreword starts off by giving the book historical provenance, an unnecessary feature to place Holmes in the realm of the real, and explain the discovery of this lost case. This does set a precedent in which both the authors of "fictional" works, and the people they wrote about both existed, therefore allowing this author creative license in changing facts about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Due to the famous nature of this story, most everyone knows the connection between the two, so it is these differences and Holmes' interactions within the context, which save the book from becoming completely predictable. The writing does not fully capture the time period, but the author has captured what Holmes would refer to as Watson's penchant for romanticizing events. This includes portraying Holmes with more human emotions than normal, which for those that prefer the stoic, moody, and passionate detective, will find that the author has highlighted the wrong feelings. On the other hand, Watson himself shines. He is active, compassionate, and truly useful in this case. Most worthy of noting, is how Watson accompanies Holmes in disguise, something which Holmes has only done by himself in the past. Since we already know who the culprit is, and the means by which he did his foul deeds, there is no sense of amazement and wonder at the reveal, for it is Holmes' clever deductions, his conclusions and how he came about them, that we all look forward to at the end. Within the canon, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde could only be called satisfactory at best.

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