When I first picked up Teresa Wimmer’s Sherlock Holmes and the Missing Helmets I assumed it was a traditional Holmes novel in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Discovering the story was set in 2012 and is not about Holmes and Watson so much as Sherlock and John gave me pause. Though not for long.
I love the ‘Sherlock’ series that was created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, but I have never read a novel based on the series. Once I got over my initial shock, I found the story a lot of fun.
The premise is this: John and his girlfriend Lisa decide to go on a skiing holiday. However, because he’s BORED (said in the best Benedict Cumberbatch voice), Sherlock decides to go with them. Once they arrive at their skiing school they discover that there has been a series of serious ‘accidents’ over the previous five days. After that, that game, as you can imagine, is on!
I won’t spoil the story by revealing more of the plot. I will say that, though a slight novel (fewer than 100 pages), Sherlock Holmes and the Missing Helmets is a fun and lively read. My only quibble is the American idiom — parking lot instead of car park, for instance — that sometimes took me out of the story. Despite that, I enjoyed Teresa Wimmer’s tale. 4/5 stars.
Sherlock Holmes and the Missing Helmets is available from MX Publishing.