The Haunting of Roderick Usher by Colin Garrow
20th April 2022.
Like all good spoofs, this sixth outing for Watson and Holmes is witty, irreverent and hugely entertaining. From the saucy Mrs Watson, who’s more than a match for Sherlock Holmes, to her husband’s often resentful account of the detective’s brilliance, this collection is constantly inventive as the trio go from one series of mishaps to the next, always managing to pull something out of the bag at the last moment.
While poking fun at literature’s most enduring detectives, it’s done with a fondness and lightness of touch that never reduces them to caricature. As Dr Watson writes, it may be their last adventure, which would be a pity. But I can also see how it would be a challenge to maintain the high standard of invention and satire set by this and previous adventures.
Whatever happens next, this is another witty and entertaining journey that somehow manages to combine the essence of the original stories, while blending them with more modern events and characters, such as Scooby Doo and the gang. Priceless.
An invitation. A ghostly spectre. A criminal mastermind.
When Sherlock Holmes is invited to visit an old school friend, he and Doctor Watson are plunged into the first of three adventures involving the Dark Arts and the supernatural. From the ghostly spectre of a dead sister to the search for an ancient book of spells, the detecting duo learn that each case is connected, leading them into a final showdown with their deadliest adversary yet.
Tags: Colin Garrow, Humour, Private investigator