Sunday, September 21, 2014
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Crystal Blue Bottle by Luke Benjamen Kuhns
A young woman named Deseray Underwood was been found dead, in her London lodgings, by her fiance Samuel Mortimer. The body itself showed no signs of a struggle. Lestrade, baffled by the cause of death, summons the aid of Sherlock Holmes and his great powers of deduction. Holmes stumbles upon one single clue, a crystal blue bottle, which sends him and Watson on a wild chase through the streets of London in pursuit of answers to this young woman's sudden demise. A death that would make any benefactor very wealthy.
For those of you that follow me on Facebook or Goodreads, you know that I love graphic novels. I'm a little obsessed with them. About twenty-five percent of my Goodreads challenge for 2014 are graphic novels. I also love Sherlock on the BBC. When I had an opportunity to review a graphic novel about Sherlock Holmes, I jumped at the chance. I'm so glad I did. I enjoyed it immensely.
Sherlock Holmes and the Crystal Blue Bottle was a great interpretation of Sherlock Holmes. I must admit, I have never read any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's series (I know, I need to get on that), but I have always wanted to. The illustrations in this made the story come to life. It was almost as if the reader was there, solving the mystery with Holmes and Watson. The only thing I didn't like was that the abrupt change in the drawing style kind of threw me off. It changed in the middle of the story, and took a little bit for me to get back into it again.
When reading a graphic novel, I don't usually think about how much work it takes to make it. I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume that most people don't. However, Sherlock Holmes and the Crystal Blue Bottle taught me that a lot of people and hard work go into making a graphic novel. I was astounded at the number of people that worked on it. I am grateful that all of them took the time to make something that I enjoyed so much. I recommend this for fans of the BBC show, or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's books. I also recommend this for anyone that is just looking for a great graphic novel to read.
I give Sherlock Holmes and the Crystal Blue Bottle: 4/5.
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I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.