I seriously underestimated my reading load (again) and spent the last few chapters of this book in a reading panic. Fortunately, it’s a good, fun read, tho I feel that the last half of the book, a mash-up of The Hound Of The Baskervilles and Warlock Holmes’ origin story, suffered from the same flaws that riddle the source material: it drags in a way that stifles suspense, despite G. S. Denning’s efforts to liven up the storyline with magic, demons and humor. Regardless, this book is still terrific fun, especially if you like your mysteries with healthy doses of the supernatural and irreverence. I laughed even as Mr Denning poked fun at me as a football fan and a bicyclist (and the comic book references are superb! Tho I think the joke in Silver Blaze was told better than the one in Baskervilles.) I also appreciated the symmetry of the novel, as well as the shout-out to Benedict Cumberbatch.
Looking forward to reading the third book soon, tho I just realized I have like four or five (or seven, gulp) others I need to get through first. And ugh, I’m getting a migraine as I type, oh no.
Read my review of the previous novel in the series, A Study In Brimstone.