• Sherlock Holmes and Count Dracula

  • The Classified Dossier
  • By: Christian Klaver
  • Narrated by: Andrew Fallaize
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (76 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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for the story was good but I didn't care for was W

the only thing I didn't care for is Watson becoming a vampire that just wasn't right but otherwise the story was good

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Original and interesting

I really enjoyed this, especially the fresh and original explanation of vampires. Great mix of two genres. The author went to great pains to cover the Dracula legend and the Holmes dogma thoroughly.

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Different

The fact that Sherlock Holmes does not believe that vampires wearwolves and ghost are real it put an interesting spin on it in this book I enjoyed reading it

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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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Excellent Performance and Book

As a fan of both Sherlock and vampires, I found this book to be an excellent blend of both and recommend it to anyone who is a fan of these two literary greats!

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Dracula- a misunderstood anti-hero

This unfortunately turned me off by turning Dracula into a misunderstood anti- hero (none of the events of Bram Stoker's Dracula actually happened! He's actually a happily married vampire!). When I got this, I thought it was going to be an interesting novel where Dracula in all his horrific villainous glory was forced to team up with Sherlock in order to stop a great evil. And maybe some double -crossing shenanigans came about. But instead, Dracula is Sherlock's client. This just does what Wicked did years before which takes the villain character, turns them into some kind of tragic hero/ anti-hero/ misunderstood hero, and instead makes somebody else the villain in their stead. Rinse and repeat. Yawn. It's been done so much there is now a Cruella movie. I just wanted to warn people about this if this would affect your enjoyment of the book.


Another thing I thought was uninteresting and unoriginal. Spoilers- Warning:


Guess who is a vampire and the big bad.....Moriarty- Author couldn't think of anything more interesting then recycling the main Sherlock villain.


I wish the author well and hope he makes his money, but this all just reminds me of fanfiction. And then I remembered that it kinda is....

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Not worthy of the Holmes collection or name

So awful I could not finish. Very disappointing. My review requires 15 words. I feel like typing “awful” 15 times so you all get the point.

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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!

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  • Bartholomew
  • 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…