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In this thrilling supernatural mystery, Sherlock Holmes and Count Dracula must join forces to banish a terrible enemy.

Sherlock Holmes is dead. His body lies in a solitary grave on the Sussex Downs, England. But Dr. Watson survives and is now given permission to release tales in Sherlock’s “classified dossier”, those cases that are, dear listener, unbelievable - for their subject matter is of the most outré and grotesque nature.

In this thrilling first installment of The Classified Dossier, a Transylvanian nobleman called Count Dracula arrives at Baker Street seeking the help of Sherlock Holmes, for his beloved wife, Mina, has been kidnapped.

But Dracula is a client like no other, and Holmes and Watson must confront - despite the wild, unbelievable notion - the existence of vampires. And before long, Holmes, Watson, and their new vampire allies must work together to banish a powerful enemy growing in the shadows.

©2021 Christian Klaver (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Perfect for some light Halloween reading

There have been many stories over the years that pit the great detective of Baker Street against the malevolent Count of Transylvania. Indeed, it seemed almost inevitable that Victorian London’s greatest hero would eventually confront its most frightening villain. While most of these Holmes v Dracula pastiches are at best predictable and slightly diverting, I think author Christian Klaver struck a good balance here and delivers the best Holmes/Dracula story I’ve read. While it could probably do with another edit, “Sherlock Holmes and Count Dracula” is an admittedly fun time that would make a perfect nighttime read this Halloween season.
It’s the interesting premise that sets it apart, I think. Instead of the usual HvD plot of Dracula exsanguinating his way through London while Holmes pursues, here we get Dracula as Holmes client. The Count needs help finding his missing bride and comes to Holmes for help (with the implicit threat that there’ll be more bodies on London’s streets if he doesn’t get it). We get an interesting dynamic between the two and it makes for some pretty fun reading. This also isn’t your typical methodical and cerebral Holmes story either, it’s almost all action. While the action heavy plot seems a touch out of place for a Sherlock Holmes story, I couldn’t judge a book titled “Sherlock Holmes and Count Dracula” too harshly. It’s admittedly silly, and seeing the clinical Holmes readily accept the supernatural is a bit jarring after 100+ years of canon but again: “Sherlock Holmes and Count Dracula”.
It’s not nearly as difficult or painful to get through as the James Lovegrove Sherlock Holmes/Cthulhu stories and the sillier parts are offset by an author who’s clearly done his homework and nails the tropes and style of the original Holmes stories. While I think Kim Newman is still the undisputed master of these types of stories, Christian Klaver turned in a pretty enjoyable and perfectly timed pastiche of Sherlock Holmes. It’s not perfect but it’s definitely deserving of a spot on your Halloween reading list.

If you enjoyed “Sherlock Holmes and Count Dracula” or would like something similar in style then please check out Kim Newman’s “Anno Dracula” series or his take on the Holmes canon “Moriarty:The Hound Of The D’Urbervilles”. You might also enjoy Sam Siciliano’s “The Angel Of the Opera” (where we see Holmes go up against The Phantom Of The Opera) Theodora Goss's "Athena Club" series, or Neil Gaiman’s “A Study in Emerald”.

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Great turn on an alternate holmsverse

Loved this book, narration was great. Thankful that Holmes wss given a less high pitched voice. I hope future novels will give Watson less doubts and more confidence in himt. Overall a great listen. Also really liked Count Dracula and Mina.

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Just go with it… Fun!!!

If you’re a fan of Sherlock & Watson and love Dracula you’ll have fun with this book. Just go with it and enjoy. The narrator did a good job.. Holmes is a bit different but Watson and Dracula are perfect.

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  • 12-30-21

Gotten?!

Gotten?!
This is London, not New York!!
A silly story. Not the smoothest of narratives. Jerky in construct, like much was being made up as the writer went along….. However, I never gave up on it, so on some level it pulled me in. Very well narrated by Mister Fallaize…

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  • TrinitySam
  • 12-09-21

Brilliant Holmes as always!

I started reading this with an open mind Sherlock with Dracula, would Sherlock have to kill the greatest Vampire? You will have to read it! It exceeded my expectations. Very very good book . Enjoy!