Title: The Curious Case of the Moondawn Daffodils Murder: As Experienced by Sir Magnus Holmes and Almost-Doctor Susan Shrike
Author: Garth Nix
In: To Hold the Bridge (Garth Nix)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Australian authors, Crime, Fantasy
Format: Short story
Publisher: Hot Key Books
5th sentence, 74th page: ‘There is a… belief… among certain quarters, that flowers from a royal park, if cut with a silver knife at a particular time, will enormously enhance their natural poison.
Magnus Holmes, Sherlock’s second cousin helps Scotland Yard to solve a mysterious murder that involves daffodils.
I love Sherlock Holmes. Alright, I haven’t (yet) read the originals, or the closest I can get my hands on to. But, there is something about the “elementary, my dear Watson” that is particularly appealing and, although The Curious Case of the Moondawn Daffodils doesn’t quite follow Sherlock on his adventures, it comes pretty close.
The use of Magnus Holmes, Sherlock’s second cousin was kind of enjoyably brilliant. The addition of supernatural aspects and the Not-Quite Doctor Susan Shrike left a huge smile on my face as I turned the last page. I’m actually incredibly disappointed that this story ended, I would have loved to find out more about Magnus, Susan and the little blue pill… actually, what I really want to know is what does the little yellow pill do?!?!?!?!
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