• Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu: The Adventure of the Deadly Dimensions

  • By: Lois H. Gresh
  • Narrated by: Dennis Kleinman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (98 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The shape of ancient evil

A series of grisly murders rocks London. At each location, only a jumble of bones remains of the deceased, along with a bizarre sphere covered in strange symbols. The son of the latest victim seeks the help of Sherlock Holmes and his former partner, Dr. John Watson. 

They discover the common thread tying together the murders. Bizarre geometries, based on ancient schematics, enable otherworldly creatures to enter our dimension, seeking to wreak havoc and destruction. 

The persons responsible are gaining so much power that even Holmes’ greatest enemy fears them - to the point that he seeks an unholy alliance.

©2017 Lois H. Gresh (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Not worth it

Maybe it reads better in a book? It really was not written as well as the Lovegrove books.

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CTHULHU vs …Mrs. Hudson?

Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu (Book 1 “The Adventure of the Deadly Dimensions”)

“I cannot be seeing this!” Sherlock Holmes said, his voice quivering. “IT CANNOT BE!”.

I've spent most my life imagining this fan-boy mythos-story.
Yep, since I was in high school, in the 70's, I DREAMED of this POP CULTURE adventure: the best hero vs the worst villain.

Can this be everything that I’ve been wishing for?
Hmmm... knowing how things go, I'm doubtful.

YES, the Cthulhu-threat is the worst, the most extremely alien and inhumanly dangerous situation & foe Holmes has ever faced.

What, or who, could help Holmes & Watson stand-up against Cthulhu?
Someone else in the Holmes / Watson stories?
MAYBE...

CTHULHU vs …Mrs. Hudson?
The Lovecraftian Mythos is in high contrast to the warm-&-cozy-crime-fighting done at 221 B Baker Street, with Mrs Hudson bringing up a tray of tea & cake to Sherlock and Watson. The boy’s rented rooms brim full of strange experiments, all-night homosexually charged bonding sessions, strange music, drug use, and general artistic chaos… all held in the warm caring embrace of an elderly widow’s love.
See, I think all that love (though under-rated ) actually provides the ultimate protection that saves Sherlock and Watson each time. Mrs Hudson’s boarding house is their sanctuary against a world who would look suspiciously on two middle-aged men living together - disapproving of their forever male-bonding, playing at do-gooding, two best friends in an endless sleep-over, reading comic books under the covers by flash-light and hashing out their plots, fighting the forces of evil safe in their own fortress of solitude. Protected from reality, these two “Lost Boys” are kept forever in the “Never-Never-Land” of 221B Baker Street by the unconditional love of their "eternal mother figure".

The Cthulhu Mythos; the most dire, bleak, hopeless, & helpless view of human's bottom-rung-of-the-ladder in the universe… only the power of love. - AKA the mother / goddess' love for her children. Her silly man-boys who refuse of grow up.
Mrs. Hudson’s the boy's only chance to win this battle, solve this mystery, or ...at least come out mostly sane… I think.

WARNING - no punches are pulled in this tale. It's a serious take, as it deserves to be. That alone is a huge benefit.
It’s also a book that is smart, and creepy, and has plenty of exciting twists.

Can this be everything that I’ve been wishing for?
Hmmm... knowing how things go, ...I'm hopeful so far, and I'm looking forward to the next book!

Hooray! Splendid!

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well I love holms

usually I love any sherlock holmes novel, that being said its obvious that this was written by a totally different author with a totally different outlook, Watson seems to complain about everything, and holmes turned into a dottering old man with alot of compassion instead of the cold calculating deceive we know and love. its a good story but it doesn't fit into the holmes universe very well.

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a bit of a mess

I struggled to finish this one. The plot meanders all over the place. Never settling an a distinct through line. There is a tram machine that's killing people, there are murders with spherical bones (whatever that means) left behind, Moriarty is involved, Walton's Family is in danger...and so on.
There are chapters with narrations from characters that you never hear from again. There are plot lines that are never (satisfyingly) resolved. Holmes does a thing and that ends the plot line. No thought to how that solution is only a temporary one at best. No dialogue to suggest a more permanent solution at the danuma of the novel. Nothing. highly unsatisfying and very non-Holmesian.
I know this is the first book in a trilogy, but I don't know if I will read the others if they are of the same ilk.

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I feel bad for the narrator

This story is very watson heavy and the characters are introduced at random but no character outside of watson has any clear motivation for their actions. Very rare and very forced "classic sherlock" moments in the story. Every character was one dimensional and writing was forced. The narrator did a good job with what he had to work with though.

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Sci-fi alchemist fan-fiction garbage

Weird and disturbing. Graphic depictions of both alien intercourse and anal rape. Arthur Conan Doyle is turning in his grave.

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Neat to see Holmes & Watson facing a familiar evil

The writing was done in a neat perspective, if the audience is familiar with the Lovecraft Mythos, it is fun to watch the world’s greatest detective struggle comprehending forces he does not understand, but the reader sort if does.

I gave to also give props to the author - to get her research on both properties so well. Holmes felt like Holmes. And the Dagonian lines were spot on…I think I even heard the narrator say “Toa-Toa” at one point in the runes readings. Hey, its a fun story. Can’t wait to dive into Book 2.

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really cool holms story

Wasn't really looking for this, but when I saw it was about Holms and Cthulu I had to try it. if CV you are a fan like me you won't be disappointed!

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Most Excellent!

As a fan of both Sherlock & Cthulhu I always look forward to the meeting of the two.
And this is the start of yet another series of the pairing of the two.
I think its fantastic.
Well read well written.
thank you both.

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  • BadMedisin
  • 09-23-20

Stop! Read James Lovegrove instead.

This is so bad I can’t finish it. And I hate leaving books unfinished!

I read the James Lovegrove Cthulhu Casebooks series and loved it, so I thought I’d give this a try. I had a weird deja vu moment since the audiobooks have the same narrator (wonder if he found it confusing too...). But this is dry. If you imagine the Lovegrove books as nice squidgy chocolate chip cookies with a hint of sinister, this is one of those weird woodchip crackerbreads from Slimming World, with a hint of extra boring.

The Holmes bit isn’t Holmesish, the Cthulhu bit isn’t Cthulhuish, and the story isn’t storyish.

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  • Caroline smith
  • 11-03-21

Way too graphic discriptions

Discriptions of killings way too graphic and utterly dicusting and unessasery made me sick and spoilt sherlock holmes for me.Thia would have been a good storey except for that.

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  • scott
  • 10-12-21

narrator great once again

narrator great once again but held back by poor narrative story writing. undeserving of a Sherlock Holmes story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-05-22

A totally different Holmes

He couldn’t solve the crime ! That’s a first !
I liked this for a change of scene

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  • Kristie_Loves_Cats
  • 11-12-21

Doesn't sit well within the Cthulhu Mythos

I kept asking myself throughout this book, does Holmes even like Watson? He seems to treat him very poorly and Watson falls into the routine of second guessing himself all the time and is a very weakly portrayed character. The references to Mary and Samuel, Dr Watson's wife and child are so out of place. They feel like an attempt to bring about a sense of dread to what fate might befall Dr Watson's family. Yet all that seemed to do was give the Dr a brief "oh dear my family, I'd be lost without them" moment and then they are forgotten about for the majority of the story.
Trying to bring the Cthulhu Mythos into London, didn't work for me at all, at least in this story. It was clumsy. The consistency of the vocabulary was not always consistent with time period. It also seemed overly violent, that did not work for me either.

The story over all was not badly written, I just didn't feel as though it was quite the right mix of vague eldritch horrors that fans of HP Lovecraft are used to. Dennis Kleinman, the narrator, as always performed brilliantly.