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The Cthulhu Casebooks: Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows

The Cthulhu Casebooks, Book 1
Narrated by: Dennis Kleinman
Series: The Cthulhu Casebooks, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
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It is the autumn of 1880, and Dr. John Watson has just returned from Afghanistan. Badly injured and desperate to forget a nightmarish expedition that left him doubting his sanity, Watson is close to destitution when he meets the extraordinary Sherlock Holmes, who is investigating a series of deaths in the Shadwell district of London. Several bodies have been found, the victims appearing to have starved to death over the course of several weeks, and yet they were reported alive and well mere days before. Moreover, there are disturbing reports of creeping shadows that inspire dread in any who stray too close. 

Holmes deduces a connection between the deaths and a sinister drug lord who is seeking to expand his criminal empire. Yet both he and Watson are soon forced to accept that there are forces at work far more powerful than they could ever have imagined. Forces that can be summoned, if one is brave - or mad - enough to dare …

©2016 James Lovegrove (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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Great Read

I very much enjoyed this book. It was Imaginative , Tightly written, A worthwhile read.

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Sherlock and Space Gods

James Lovegrove is a fantastic writer after reading his Godpunk series I had to jump on this bandwagon Dennis Kleinman is a great narrator the story does start off a bit slow bringing you up to speed in the Sherlock history but once it gets into the Eldritch you can't help but wonder what will happen next if you like Sherlock Holmes dealing with the being from HP Lovecraft mind you are in for a treat

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It’s not Kim Newman or Neil Gaiman...but it is undeniably fun.

Anyone who’s ever read my reviews in the past knows that when it comes to crossover fiction I think Kim Newman is the gold standard. It’s because of him that I even know what “crossover fiction” or “character mash-ups” are. It’s because of this admiration for Newman’s work that I have an insatiable appetite for any stories even remotely like it. Theodora Goss’s Athena Club Series (good), Neil Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald (better), and Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula Series and Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D’urbervilles (best) still remain the holy trinity of the genre in my humble opinion. And while neither of the previously mentioned books are in any danger of being replaced by Lovegrove’s Holmes/Cthulhu monster-mash, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t fun. As a Holmes pastiche it’s pretty good. He’s nailed the tropes, characters, and literary style. Non-canon Holmes stories often seem like they can only be dry, tedious and dull or silly, non-sensical, and absurd (Looking at you Sherlock Holmes and the Servents Of Hell. The Sherlock Holmes/Hellraiser crossover.). Lovegrove strikes a good balance. It’s a good mix between cold clinical detective work and supernatural horror and he articulates Lovecraft’s existential dread rather well. It’s also a rather fast-paced book, it weaves familiar characters and nods to both the Holmes canon and the Cthulhu Mythos as well as can be expected without seeming clunky or inauthentic. While I wouldn’t put Lovegrove on the Mount Rushmore of crossover fiction authors I can honestly say that this was a fun pastiche and I look forward to the sequels.

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Wow. What an awful book.

The beauty of Sherlock Holmes novels is that Sherlock takes the easily observed phenomena we see every day and makes accurate inferences and deductions. This book kills that image of Holmes. Basically, after going on an acid trip, Holmes’ eyes are opened to the real nature of the universe. His previous seductive techniques are useless. The rest of the novel he is just applying alchemy to bullets, etc, to defeat monsters. Not a Sherlock book. Big waste of time.

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What a great book

This series may very well become my favorite! A truly Traditional Sherlock Holmes style book , Imbued With a supernatural mystery that would have made mr. Lovecraft Proud.

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  • 12-04-19

An enjoyable book

It was a nice and enjoyable mash up of two memorable story lines, just don't take it too seriously and its fun! Plus the narrator was a rather strong point, didn't feel bored listening through it and each character was easily distinct.

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