This review of Dr. Dan Andriacco’s latest novel Holmes Sweet Holmes is long overdue. This is the second in what I hope is a long series of mysteries that pair Professor Sebastian McCabe (an English professor, Sherlockian, successful mystery writer and magician) with his best friend and brother-in-law Mr. Jeff Cody (college PR man, failed mystery writer and the leg man for the detective duo). The first book was “No Police Like Holmes” which was also a wonderful read.
The entire book is written in a unique style which lets one in on not only the actions but the thoughts of the central of the two characters, Cody. The writing is swift, well-paced and filled with whit. The central crime, of course, is murder most foul and involves the campus of the college on which both McCabe and Cody work (and try to keep their jobs).
The question to be answered is: would someone commit murder just because they don’t like Peter Gerard’s modernization of Sherlock to a saxophonist on Bourbon Street in the 1920’s jazz age? Or maybe because he doesn’t want to make a sequel to the hugely successful movie? Or is there some other reason to bump off the old boy? In any case, it’s up to the Nero Wolfe – Archie Goodwin type team to solve the case and keep their jobs or maybe to keep out of jail.
This is a great, lighthearted mystery and well worth the read. I admit I finally had to make myself put the book down and read it in two sessions or I’d never have made it to work in the morning.
Of course while you’re picking up a copy don’t forget “Sherlock Holmes and the Irish Rebels” http://www.amazon.com/Sherlock-Holmes-The-Irish-Rebels/dp/1780920539/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1339117640&sr=1-1-catcorr