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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
Sherlock Holmes: The Sphinx Collection by Pennie Mae Cartawick bundles together three new Sherlock Holmes adventures in one cover. Included are The Mystery of the Poisoned Tomb; The Case of the Cracked Mirror; and The Mystery of the Faceless Bride. Each of these three tales is very nicely done, and each remains true to the original Sherlock Holmes canon established by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Mystery of the Poisoned Tomb places Holmes and Watson at an Egyptian archaeological dig site, at the request of a wealthy artifact collector, to investigate possible fraudulent activities involving workers at the site. The Case of the Cracked Mirror borrows from the classic Phantom of the Opera to set the stage for Holmes to locate and rescue an up-and-coming opera star. In The Mystery of the Faceless Bride, Holmes agrees to locate the missing brother of a poor “matchstick girl,” only to find a much deeper mystery than what he anticipated.
Sherlock Holmes: The Sphinx Collection treats Holmes fans to a trio of top-notch new mysteries. An added bonus is the top-quality photographs and graphics incorporated into this volume. The writing is detailed when necessary, witty at times, and always engaging – as all good Sherlock stories must be. Cartawick has captured the essence of Doyle’s original creations, and the reader reaps the benefits. These stories would meet with Doyle’s approval, if he were here to read them. As a lifelong Holmes fan, I have read more than a few sub-par attempts to write new Sherlock stories. The Sphinx Collection is a refreshing break from such disappointments, and definitely worthy of being added to the literary collection of Holmes fans everywhere.