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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
Sherlock Holmes: Murders on the Voyage to India by Pennie Mae Cartawick presents Holmes with one of his more frustrating and bizarre cases. En route to India for his perpetually postponed vacation, Holmes once again finds himself called upon to solve a murder. A dead body is found on deck; naturally Holmes is asked to decipher conflicting clues and identify the murderer. Following a hunch, Holmes and Watson decide to question the ship captain’s personal manservant. However, when they arrive at his room, they find him dead … a second victim of murder. Ironically, discovering a second victim seems to help Holmes focus his investigation. Just as he is about to announce his findings, a third murder victim turns up! Holmes’ entire investigation is thrown into an uproar, until the random actions of an albatross redirect his attention to the correct conclusion, and the murderer is identified.
Sherlock Holmes: Murders on the Voyage to India may be unique in that the narrator is Holmes, rather than Watson. This fine tale is featured in at least two collections of this author’s short stories, as well as being available as a standalone. The story is well written, entertaining, very much in a class by itself, and quite possibly has the most unguessable ending ever written. Interplay between the various characters is lively and believable. Holmes is at the top of his game, even as poor Watson suffers the ill effects of sea-sickness. Murders on the Voyage to India is good, clean, fun entertainment, sure to please the fussiest Sherlock fan.