26th December 2018 – 5 stars.
The best spoofs remain faithful to the concept of the original, while adding a new, often irreverent treatment. In this case, we have classic Sherlock Holmes, whose adventures are still narrated by his faithful companion Dr Watson, with more than a little help from his spirited, promiscuous wife, Mary. Only Watson’s not so enamoured with his intellectually superior companion, never missing a chance to mock or poor scorn on the great detective. Throw in some modern issues and villains and the stage is set for some wickedly comic adventures.
In this outing, the author plunders the cartoon series, The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, bringing to life the lady herself and the evil Hooded Claw. If this sounds like an unlikely combination, you’re overlooking the skill of the author to blend these wacky elements into some sublime comic moments. At times delightfully silly and bawdy, but always eminently readable and humorous, the stories evoke the atmosphere and style of the original, with Watson trying to match Holmes and usually adding to their problems.
I thought the running gag about bowel movement was a little overdone, but it didn’t spoil or detract from my enjoyment of a highly original and masterful comic novel that I would recommend to anyone who’s looking for an entertaining story filled with laughs and surprises.
I can’t wait to see which characters are thrown into the firing line in the next outing of Watson and Holmes. Dick Dastardly perhaps?
Intrepid investigators Holmes and Watson continue their fight against crime in a not quite Post-Victorian, steampunk parallel universe.
In three more adventures, the tenacious twosome encounter an ocean-going iceberg, an American werewolf and a gigantic metal fish , as well as facing old enemy Moriarty, who plans to finish off Sherlock Holmes for good. Adult humour throughout.
Revenge of the Hooded Claw is book #4 in this Victorian comedy adventure series.
If you love historical mysteries, buy something else instead, but if you’re into fart-gags and innuendo this’ll be right up your Victorian street.