• Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu: The Adventure of the Innsmouth Mutations

  • The Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu Series, Book 3
  • By: Lois H. Gresh
  • Narrated by: Dennis Kleinman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The third novel in six-time New York Times best-selling author Lois H. Gresh’s Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu series.

The obliterating shadow...

The deadly dimensions over London have been sealed, and the monsters have departed. But word has come to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson of a more terrifying creature still - the great Cthulhu has been sighted off the waters of Innsmouth, Massachusetts. Only Holmes can defeat him.

And in the muddy village of Innsmouth, surrounded by villagers who are more sea-monster than human, Holmes meets again his nemesis, Moriarty, and yet greater foes: Amelia Scarcliffe and Maria Fitzgerald, harbingers of Dagon, who have called forth Cthulhu. Their task: to bring about the end of humankind, and begin the realm of nightmares on Earth.

©2019 by Lois H. Gresh (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Did not get better from Book 2

The author replaces grossness for storytelling. There were only parts of this book that were well-written, the rest was a confusing mess. Some minor and supporting characters were interesting and adequately developed, and contributed to the world-building; others were ignored until they were needed to move a sloggy dialogue and storyline along. The former were introduced and forgotten at random, the latter would intrude at a certain point, say the one or two lines that the story needed, and then they would be discarded. I think this style of writing is sloppy and it makes a story hard to be invested into.

The biggest problem I had with these series is that I first listened to James Lovegrove's Cthulu Casebooks prior to this series. And while the Cthulu Casebooks are excellently written, and do a very good job of character and world building, this series is lacking on both accounts.

The narration is perfect though.

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This series went nowhere

I find myself very disappointed with this series because the author removed all mystery from Lovecraft and Sherlock Holmes.

The book literally opens with Cthulu thinking to himself about how wonderful he is. He's not supposed to be humanized. Lovecraft is about the unknown horror. Not about explaining the motivations of every single thing.

And Sherlock Holmes is about uncovering clues to learn the means, motive, and opportunity, not just handing them to the reader for nothing.

The only 'detectiveing' Sherlock Holmes does is about a stupid couple who are trying to get rich and has nothing to do with the impending doom. And then that plot goes nowhere.

I found myself rooting for the death of Watson's wife because she abandons her husband because danger, then goes with them to the most dangerous place on the planet against his will, then she wants to go home because danger, then says nowhere is safe, then she wants to go home again. She is awful.

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The way they defeat Cthulu is also so dumb. They don't. He just leaves cuz he feels a little under the weather.

You can entirely cut Sherlock Holmes and Watson out of the story and the same events would have unfolded. It should have been called Moriarty vs. Cthulu.

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Jolly Good Time

Original.
And would like to recommend to any Sherlock Holmes & Watson fan.
Well done.

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So good it's indescribable in human language!

This is an extremely good mythos series. -
• This audio-book series is so good that I'm going to purchase it on PAPER so I can add it to my beloved Lovecraft library.
• I’ve waited for these two iconic literary characters to face each other in battle most of my life - finally someone has done it, and done it very well. • Thank you Lois H. Gresh!

• I’m "Old Man Parker" and I highly recommend this audio book, and it's series.

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Not my Sherlock Holmes

If you like giant frog like monsters emerging from Devil's Reef in Insmouth, MA ready to take over the world, this audible book is for you. Besides that, the village is inhabited by inbred mutant "people", who have evolved into 2-3 headed, multiple eyed creatures who slink about in the mud uttering gutteral . Holmes and Watson are involved in saving the world from this ugliness. Dr. Moriarty turns loose smallpox and people grow huge pustuels and then explode messing up the whole room. The whole story is a mess.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-08-21

A nice imitation

This book is a good imitation but doesn't hold a candle to the real thing.

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  • Mrs
  • 09-10-21

Oh dear

This is the stupidest most long winded book I ever had the misfortune to hear, if you can hear it at all over the sound of Conan Doyle spinning in his grave.

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  • Kristie_Loves_Cats
  • 11-20-21

One of the most ridiculous books I have ever read

After suffering through the first 2 books in this series, I finished this one out of pure spite. Once again characters are inconsistent, almost contradictory in some cases. Hated this series so much, the final book was ridiculous. The conclusion to the story was unsatisfying and once again Dr Watson's family have no real purpose other than to provide a poorly devised emotional connection.

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  • Darryl
  • 03-21-22

If you havent anything good to say......HOWEVER

As a big Sherlock Holmes fan, I didn't recognise this version of Sherlock and Watson.
Authentic Sherlock is about the clues and the chase. We went from pillar to post without
the clues and mystery. Take Sherlock out and insert a generic Detective and it would have sufficed.
Not even a shadow of a shadow of the real greatness of Sherlock Holmes. Skip it.

If this is indicative of HP Lovecrafts mythos, then I will give it a massive pass.
Bow wow wow Macaroni :P
Soul draining, WTF, WTF, WTF.
Hated the series and as another said, "I Listened out of spite"
Kept hoping for an improvement that never came.