“Sherlock Holmes – The Greatest Detective: A Swordsman In London” by Todd Black

34433165“Sherlock Holmes – The Greatest Detective: A Swordsman In London”February 26, 2017
by Todd Black
254 pages
Published by BlackMagicWolf Productions; 1st edition (February 26, 2017)

I first met Todd Black at a comic-con, and his enthusiasm is very contagious.  Whether he’s pushing his “Guardians” comic series or the several other comic book projects he has going, he will make you interested.  When he said he was going to start tackling some Sherlock Holmes stories, I was taken aback and wondering if he could tackle “The Greatest Detective.”

Writing for a young adult audience, I’m happy to say that not only did he capture the spirit of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective, but he has presented it in a way to get a new generation interested in the classics.  Todd takes the classic Holmes and Watson and sets them in modern times.  While the cover art by Matt Maldonado, shows somewhat of a classic view of the duo, the writing inside had me picturing, Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Watson, as in the BBC series “Sherlock.”

The swordsman comes to Holmes after a medical examiner recommends Holmes.  Lucas, the Swordsman, discovers a dead body with no apparent reason for death.  The medical examiner says there have been 4 such deaths in the area.  Once Lucas teams up with Holmes and Watson the game is afoot and a friendship develops.

Picking up clues along the way the reader is hooked into trying to solve this case along with Sherlock Holmes and company.  Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft, is even brought in to share some government secrets and prevent others from making it to the public spectrum.

Anyone interested in The Holmes saga is encouraged to give this book a read.  All young adults should have to read this as a launching point into the classic stories.


Publisher’s Summary

A new telling of the classic duo of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson has arrived. Set in the modern age, with the two being young adults, they set out to solve mysteries that no one else can solve.

A Swordsman In London starts off their adventures with a mystery involving a dead body found a mysterious swordsman. With no identity, Sherlock and Watson have to find out who this person is, why they were killed, and what purpose did it serve.

Little do they know how important this man was, and what his killer will do to ensure his identity remains secret.

The game is afoot, and Sherlock Holmes is on the case.