Book Review: The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Sherlock Holmes Vs Dracula

10:41 29 January 2013

Sherlock Holmes vs Dracula

Sherlock Holmes vs Dracula


By Loren D Estleman, published by Titan Books

HAVING previously encountered the likes of Batman, Tarzan, Jack the Ripper, the Invisible Man and Fu Manchu across various media, it was surely only a matter of time before the Great Detective encountered the King of Vampires.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Estleman’s novel isn’t the only tale of a confrontation between Sherlock and Vlad, but as well as being the first, it’s also far from a straightforward clash. It has the distinction of being a retelling of Bram Stoker’s original Dracula novel with the interesting addition of Holmes and Watson, whilst maintaining the continuity of the source material.

The arrival of Count Dracula in Victorian England is accompanied by a spate of murders which attract the attention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s signature creations, who head to Whitby to investigate, where they discover the undead wretch that is Lucy Westenra and are warned off by vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing.

Estleman deftly inserts his adventure in narrative gaps found in Stoker’s book, with Dracula clashing with Holmes at such times as he wasn’t dealing with the machinations of Van Helsing and his allies.

Purists may frown at the idea of the super-sleuth accepting the existence of vampires, but it’s handled with such aplomb that you soon forget this detail and become immersed in the story.

There’s plenty of action amidst the deductive reasoning, and although the conclusion of the book by necessity does not end in a battle to the death between the protagonists (in order that the Count might die beneath Quincey Morris’ blade at the novel’s climax) it is no less satisfying as a result.

Blending the styles of two different authors can’t be easy, but Estleman perfectly captures Doyle’s characters and prose while also doing justice to Stoker’s own work.

Fast-paced, fun and atmospheric, this is a worthy addition to the legacy of two of literature’s greatest characters.

More news stories

Yesterday, 23:01
Aftermath of car that crashed into bungalows in Norwood Road, March

Police are investigating reports that the driver of a Mercedes that overturned after crashing into a bungalow tonight fled the scene.

Yesterday, 09:01
Rikki Neave, Crime Watch,

The net is closing on the killers of six year-old Rikki Neave, police revealed today.

Yesterday, 13:38
Cavalry Drive- Suffolk Way RTC, Picture: Steve Williams.

A woman has been reported for driving without due care and attention after a 12-year-old girl was knocked off her bike this morning following a collision with a car in Suffolk Way, March.

Yesterday, 09:38
Peace poster by Neale Wade Academy student Holly Fevyer

A poster by a Neale Wade Academy student has beaten off competition from 1,000 young artists to get to the next stage of a world peace competition which has the ultimate prize of $5,000 and a trip to America.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Read the Cambs Times e-edition E-edition