Firstly I wish to thank Melvyn Small for inviting me to take part on his Blog Tour for HOLMES The Darlington Substitution by Melvyn Small.
With Watson’s literary career going from strength to strength, he secures a slot on local radio to publicise his new book. Uncertain as how to well it went, he is still a little surprised when the recording isn’t broadcast. Although disappointed, he disregards this snub to his confidence as a peculiar but unimportant bend in the path of his literary career.
Sherlock Holmes is not so dismissive. He seizes upon the event, certain that there is more to this rebuff than meets the eye. He grills Watson to the content of his interview, convinced a key fact will reveal all. There is nothing. Watson is sure off that. An investigation ensues that takes Holmes to the end of the known world, a place just near Thirsk.
The Darlington Substitution is a retrospective account, occurring during the same time as the adventures chronicled in Holmes Volume 2. It sees Holmes at the height of his wisecracking, foulmouthed, law disregarding deductive brilliance.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Now this is an unusual Blog Tour in the way that there are no buy links for you to purchase this novella. You can access it FREE in chapters by clicking on the link below and believe me you are in for a real treat.
I have in the past read Holmes Volume 1 and was quite tickled at meeting Holmes and Watson in modern-day Darlington. Melvyn Small’s new novella is a beauty that has a super traditional type mystery to solve but with the addition of modern day technology. It does also come with quite a bit of modern day language too so not for anyone that is offended by swearing in their novels. That aside I giggled from start to finish with the dry humour that rolled off of each page.
The pair of modern-day super sleuths find themselves in the heart of a mystery that begins with Watson and his increasing success as a novelist. Melvyn Small has captured both of these characters perfectly but now with most of their thinking time taking place in the local pub where they are regulars. It is here that you meet the core cast of characters in the novella and you get to know just what a great bond there is with people in the community.
A real all round entertaining novella, a light read that had me laughing and left me wanting more.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Melvyn Small is an author and the founder of Indipenned, a website that champions the work of independent literature. Thus far he has written two books, Holmes Volume 1 and the imaginatively titled follow up Holmes Volume 2 (Subsequently republished by Fahrenheit Press as the Victor Locke Chronicles)
Mel’s perhaps unique spin on Sherlock Holmes, which places the character in a different time, location and section of society, has found fans around the world and is fast becoming a cult classic. His writing style is pacey and littered with gin-dry humour. It has been described as “hilarious, clever and hugely enjoyable.” The Darlington Substitution novella is his longest story so far and perhaps his best work to date.
COME TAKE A LOOK AT CHAPTER ONE IN THE BOOK: