Mrs. Hudson and the Spirits Curse by Martin DaviesI dont really know how I feel about this book. If I had been editing this, it would have asked the author to just go full on and make it a YA level book. The story is told from the POV of a young woman (15 or so) and the observations and emotions that come through are teetering toward that younger level. The amount of explanation needed also puts this at a younger level, but there are quite a lot of generic adult themes that dont fit the YA market. It was uneven.
I wasnt really happy with the portrayal of Holmes and Watson. I get that the author was all Yay Mrs. Hudson! but for some reason the author felt the need to portray both Holmes and Watson as dense, bumbling, and unobservant. It was just odd overall. The very, very, very long explanation at the end was completely unnecessary; the reader had been along on the entire adventure and didnt need to sit through the retelling to Holmes. It also annoyed me that Mrs. Hudson seemed to know things that would save lives, but didnt bother to tell anybody--resulting in people dying or being injured.
Mrs Hudson and the Spirits' Curse. By Martin Davies. Everybody knows that Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson had a housekeeper called Mrs Hudson, but what did she get up to when her employers were detecting? Martin Davies' answer is that she was also detecting - but in this slightly tongue-in-cheek debut she also beats the professionals at their own game. When Nathaniel Moran arrives in an overly dramatic manner the whole household is agog to hear his fearsome tales of life in Sumatra, horrible deaths and curses that have followed him home to England. But where does the sinister Fogarty fit in to all this, and what part can orphan Flotsam play to sort out truth from lies and solve the mystery? Anything to do with Holmes is almost always great fun, and this is no exception.
I love a bit of fictional revisionism, especially when women triumph. The central mystery concerns a tropical curse, a series of locked door murders, and a rather shifty butler. As is the convention in detective fiction, the novels are narrated by an involved, but not titular character. Flottie is a great character: observant, sharp and willing to learn. Filed under books , Reviews. Like Liked by 1 person.
Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. BBC producer Davies draws many details from Mrs. Hudson and the Case of the Spirit's Curse is his first novel.
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An evil stalks London, blown in from the tropics. Stories of cursed giant rats and malign spirits haunt the garrets of Limehouse. A group of merchants are, one by one, dying. The elementary choice to investigate these mysterious deaths is, of course, Holmes and Dr Watson. Yet the unique gifts of their housekeeper, Mrs Hudson , and her orphaned assistant Flotsam, will be needed to solve the case.
I love a bit of fictional revisionism, especially when women triumph. The central mystery concerns a tropical curse, a series of locked door murders, and a rather shifty butler. As is the convention in detective fiction, the novels are narrated by an involved, but not titular character. Flottie is a great character: observant, sharp and willing to learn. Filed under books , Reviews.
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