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December 21, 2023

The Cthulhu casebooks: Sherlock Holmes and the Highgate Horrors by James Lovegrove ~ a Review

by MK French

In the fourth volume of the Cthulu Casebooks, an aging Dr. Watson wants to outline the true story behind the famous cases that were previously published. There are reanimated corpses in Highgate cemetery, a variation of Irene Adler, organic machines, and madness in the frozen north. Each of the cases brings Sherlock and Watson closer to the truth of the aliens and Mi-Go.

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book cover of Sherlock Holmes and the Highgate Horrors by James Lovegrove
October 2023; Titan Books; 978-1803361550
audio, ebook, print (512 pages); mystery

After an introduction where the author sets up the frame for the book, we dive into the cases. The titular Highgate Horrors tale comes first, with bodies clawing their way out of the grave. Of course Sherlock discovers how it happened and brings the case to a close. From there, each section has another supernatural event to investigate, with more ties to cosmic horrors and the Mi-Go. It spans the years, building up over time until we find out what the aliens really want. 

This take on Irene Adler was fun, and she continues to challenge Sherlock, slipping out of his grasp as she did in the original stories. There are various people challenging Sherlock and his detective skills; he is determined to protect Earth from the Mi-Go and whatever nefarious purpose they have. The second half of the novel especially is tense, with more danger to Sherlock and Watson. It's well put together and kept me engrossed throughout. As with the other casebooks, this is a seamless mix of the cosmic horror and the detective work we're used to seeing. 

Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and a golden retriever.

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