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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
A Sherlock Holmes Alphabet of Cases: Volume 1 (A to E): Five New Stories from the Notes of John H. Watson, M.D. is a collection of short detective stories written by Roger Riccard. The author’s interest in Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective was in no small part fostered by his own British Isles ancestry, and he has written both novels and short stories featuring Sherlock Holmes. In The Adventure of the Apothecary’s Prescription, Watson is sent a delivery for an emergency patient that doesn’t exist. Watson soon realizes that Sherlock Holmes’ assistance is being sought by yet another person in need. This time, it’s a pharmacist whose family is being held hostage to ensure his compliance with their captors’ demands for drugs. Watson and his wife, Mary, work with Sherlock to solve the case and help Hector Burbage’s family escape the clutches of a deadly and determined foe.
Roger Riccard’s collection of short detective stories, A Sherlock Holmes Alphabet of Cases: Volume 1 (A to E) will thrill any fan of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic detective fiction. The author gets the relationship between Holmes and Watson, and his recreation of London in their time frame works quite well. I enjoyed both the stories in which Watson was married and living away from 221B Baker Street and those in which the two sleuths are sharing living quarters. Riccard’s inclusion of archival photographs works quite well in giving these stories an authentic and historical feel. A Sherlock Holmes Alphabet of Cases: Volume 1 (A to E): Five New Stories from the Notes of John H. Watson, M.D. is highly recommended.