Oh Sherlock, how I love thee. Sherlock Holmes is one of my absolute favorite, timeless classic characters. He’s witty, smart, and hilarious. I never he thought he could be made better until I discovered him with a paranormal twist. Enter Warlock Holmes, the now slightly dead wizard here to do his best to save man-kind from the demons and otherworldly things that are just right outside of our consciousness. As some of you may remember, I was devoured the first Warlock last year and couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series, Warlock Holmes: The Hell-Hound of the Baskervilles . As with last year, I used my wizard skills to receive a copy to read and to share my thoughts with all of you.
In the first book of the series by G.S. Denning, we meet our wonderfully demon-like detective Warlock Holmes and his best mate and partner Dr. John Watson. At the end of the book we’re left on a bit of a cliffhanger with the return of Moriarty. In the latest Warlock novel, we discover that he’s, well, a bit dead thanks to being taken over by Moriarty, but don’t worry, dead definitely does not mean he’s gone for good.
Warlock Holmes: The Hell-Hound of the Baskervilles
The game’s afoot once more as Holmes and Watson face off against Moriarty’s gang, the Pinkertons, flesh-eating horses, a parliament of imps, boredom, Surrey, a disappointing butler demon, a succubus, a wicked lord, an overly-Canadian lord, a tricycle-fight to the death and the dreaded Pumpcrow. Oh, and a hell hound, one assumes.
The second book in the series definitely does not disappoint. Although it’s a parody, the stories and mystery-solving goodness are a classic in their own right. Both books were incredibly well-written and I laughed well throughout them both. The humor never overshadows the suspense or the story itself, and is perfectly placed – because where else can you find demons battling on tricycles while wearing fake mustaches, yet still be on the edge of your seat wanting to know just how this story is going to end?
We saw some very real, and quite touching, character development moments that made me feel even more invested in this series. The book is well organized with smaller, yet equally funny stories before it gets to the namesake chapter. Anyone with a great imagination and a love of dark humor will thoroughly enjoy this series. I absolutely love the story, the characters, and the entire world this all takes place in, and I cannot wait for the next Warlock book, due out next year.
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