Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone [Book Review]

[A copy of the book Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone by G.S. Denning was furnished by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.]

Between the films featuring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law and the BBC miniseries featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, I’ve been securely Sherlocked for quite some time! Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s masterpiece has undergone many incarnations dating back to 1908! When I was presented the opportunity to read and review G.S. Denning’s supernatural revisitation, Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone, I was thrilled to be transported back into one of my favorite cities in the world, London as the clock spun furiously back to the Victorian era.

263809_10150275953886774_5196124_nIn 2011, I visited 221B Baker Street for the first time!

I love a good book, especially during the summer time. One of my favorite locations to visit is London, England, but without a plane ticket, I must rely on photos, memories, my favorite BBC dramas, beloved films, and really well-written books. The trick is when it comes to escaping not only location, but time as well. When Warlock Holmes and his motley band of crime solvers arrived on my doorstep, I couldn’t wait to slip away to one of my favorite time periods: The Victorian age!

From the back cover:

SherlockHolmes is an unparalleled genius. WarlockHolmes is an idiot. A font of arcane power, certainly. But he’s brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldn’t deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only thing he has really got going for him are the might of a thousand demons and his stalwart companion. Thankfully, Dr. Watson is always there to aid him through the treacherous shoals of Victorian propriety… and save him from a gruesome death every now and again.

  • Genre: Fantasy-Sci Fi
  • Page Count: 384

IMG_8394Spotted at my local bookseller in the “Hot This Summer” Section!


Whether I am curling up with a hot pot of tea on a rainy day or kicked back poolside dreaming of London, Warlock Holmes left me ravenous for the second installment. I love creative re-imagings of iconic series, but it can be an agonizingly fine line that few can tread with success! The witty dialogue, creative plot twists, and the mingling of beloved characters with interesting makeovers, makes the first volume in the series easy to devour and a quick page turner! While set in Victorian England, the text is not overwrought with historical colloquialisms and British slang requiring on the fly translation.

I found it quite pleasurable to read, despite my preference for stories not told in first person perspective. However, to be true to a memoir format in which someone recounts the peculiar series of events related to their bizarre involvement in the life and times of one as unique and complicated as Warlock Holmes it was essential! The occasional single page illustrations reminded me of reading the compact illustrated classics I enjoyed as a child. I’m fully prepared to make my copy travel this summer because people need to get hooked on the quirky and mystical world of Warlock Holmes.

Denning weaves science and fantasy seamlessly into a beloved timescape. I cannot wait to ready the sequel in the series, Warlock Holmes: the Hell-Hound of the Baskervilles, also available now!

Answer Me, These Questions Three

  1. How do you feel about the remixing of staples of literature?
  2. What is your favorite fictional reworking of a classic tale?
  3. When it comes to supernatural stories, are the stories best set in the past, present, or future?

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  1. As a fan of Sherlock Holmes that seems like an interesting re-imagining of the character. I will be adding it to my “To Read” list. 🙂

    Now to answer the questions:

    1) I don’t mind remixing at least if it is for comedic purposes or “What If” scenarios. If it is just to transport the characters to a different era then not so much.
    2) Hm. I know I read some but I can’t recall it right now.
    3) For me supernatural stories are usually better in the past. I don’t know why, probably because of so many years of consuming fantasy, it just feels more fitting to me. But if the story is good I don’t mind if it is set in modern of future times. 🙂

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