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2.0 out of 5 starsPromising pastiche sunk by preposterous plot
Reviewed in the United States on November 27, 2019
You want to get rid of a relative who is on the verge of causing serious trouble for you. You and your closest friend come up with an essentially foolproof murder scheme, which leaves no possible clues tracing back to you. So what do you actually do? You kill THREE people at three different times and places, in a way that absolutely guarantees Sherlock Holmes and the police will be laying in wait for you at the time of the second and third murders! In short, the plot of this novel makes ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE from any viewpoint. Even so, it takes poor Holmes about 9 months to reach a point where he can confront the two killers, and even then he has essentially no direct evidence of their guilt that could be taken to court. Give this one a big miss. Ryan, as usual, does a good job with Holmes, and the interaction of Holmes with Watson and Lestrade. But none of them are given anything of interest to do.
This is my favorite of Richard Ryan's 3 Sherlock Holmes books. His research shows in the details in the story. This time, its about Victorian Age druids, their societies, and practices. I like to try and solve the mystery as the book goes on, and the details he provides plays fair with the reader. Without spoiling too much, the book involves several murders. Holmes figures out that the pattern of murders has a definite end, and if the murderers are not caught by or shortly after the last one, they will have gotten away. The clock is ticking and Holmes is frustrated.
The other two books introduced you to the antagonists early, and even told part of the story from their point of view. This book stayed away from that formula for the majority of the book, and even when it shifted to the antagonists, the first time their identity wasn't clear.
I found this a good read and liked that Ryan's antagonists are smart and almost get away with it. Holmes really had to work for his solution. This time it wasn't elementary.
Again Richard Ryan pulled me into his book and into another era. The world of Sherlock Holmes comes to life again in this fascinating mystery. It winds its way through England and kept me at the edge of my seat as I tried to figure out who dunnit. A perfect mixture of highs and lows, humor and suspense, The Druid of Death is well written and well worth the read.
5.0 out of 5 starsKeeps you entertained til the end
Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2019
I pre-ordered this book because I couldn’t wait to read another of this authors novels. I am glad I did it exceeded my expectations. He definitely has a gift for keeping the reader engaged and trying to figure it all out. I hope I will be pre-ordering another book soon. Excellent job. Read this book and you will not be disappointed.
Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2020
I have enjoyed this author's previous work. The premise for this one is interesting, but as an audiobook, I could not finish it because I found the narration painful. It was like a parody of 20's style radio dramas. WAY too melodramatic. My apologies to the narrator, but this one was really not my style.