Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Case of the Exploding Speakeasy


Title: The Case of the Exploding Speakeasy
Author: David E. Fessenden
Pages: 159
Year: 2013
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Thomas Watson has migrated to the United States to try his hand at becoming a successful reporter. He has been given the task of writing obituaries for a newspaper in Philadelphia and is barely making ends meet. He is the son of John Watson, the famous sidekick of Sherlock Holmes. He longs for his big break into reporting and is handed such a story when he stumbles upon the waiter/butler who was present when a local speakeasy exploded. Thomas just knows this is the story he has been waiting for. As more details emerge, Thomas begins to be more involved in investigating than writing. He meets some interesting people, but is pressured to make a deadline to keep his job.
Mycroft Holmes, the brother of Sherlock, arrives for an impromptu visit and announces his intention of staying in the states and living with Thomas. Thomas is stunned to say the least, but what can he do? Mycroft is like an elderly uncle to him, so Thomas agrees. Mycroft immediately takes over the story/case in the eyes of Thomas initially. Mycroft drops several hints or clues to help Thomas get the information he needs to solve the case and write his newspaper story, but Thomas seems to be wearing blinders and doesn’t take these clues to heart putting him in a dangerous situation.
I’m a big fan of British mysteries and have read some of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. This tale was not up to the test of Doyle’s work, but this is also a first attempt. I’d like to encourage the author to keep up the good work. I thought Thomas Watson was an original idea for the main character; however, he was really too dense to pick up the clues right under his nose. I thought the mystery of how the gangsters died was intriguing and that got me to read the story. I liked the Christian influence and hope that continues in future books. I would definitely be willing to read another of these mystery stories and hope the author will write more.
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
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