“It is September 1942 and, in the blacked-out streets of London, the game is once more afoot.”—from A Study of Crimson
Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce’s World War II version of Holmes and Watson return in an all new mystery. A scientist goes missing at a remote Scottish castle while working on a secret project for the British government. Holmes must find her before the Germans do. After solving that crime in record time, Jack the Ripper, or his copycat, has reappeared.
“Mr. Holmes, there is a word which, as a scientist, I hesitate to use, but this whole affair is—on the surface of it—quite impossible.”
I loved the WWII-era version of the famous duo, so I was looking forward to a new tale. And I wasn’t disappointed! The tone of the book is perfect. The descriptions set the scene as clearly as watching a movie. The characters’ voices sound so much like the movie that I actually heard them in my head speaking in Rathbone and Bruce’s accents while reading the book. The mystery was intriguing and kept my interest throughout.
If you are Holmes’ fan and are okay with the updating to the WWII years, I guarantee you will enjoy this book as much as I did. A Study in Crimson deserves 5 stars and is a favorite! Don’t miss it!
Thanks to Pegasus Crime and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.