Sherlock Holmes and the Menacing Metropolis by Allan Mitchell Review
Jun 7th, 2016 by Aldouspi

Here is a recent Sherlock Holmes pastiche written in poetic stanzas that has come to my attention...

Sherlock Holmes and the Menacing Metropolis

After Holmes has rid the moors of the huge grizzly bear that was wantonly killing livestock, Holmes returned to London, only to discover that his reputation had been shredded no less than the sheep on the moors. He concludes that the diabolical mind behind the menace is still very much in evidence. Could Moriarty have survived the fall? Was he back and seeking revenge? Holmes' plan for his retirement was complete, but once his mind had been restored, he realized that he had to finish his work, once and for all.

We discover that the Great Metropolis harbors evil and deviltry far more sinister than Dartmoor's menacing moors could offer - it is not for nothing that Watson describes London as the great cesspool draining the Empire of its dregs. Its evil stems from the hearts of the most heartless of men, evil against which a group of stalwart Londoners is determined to act. Knowledge is power and forewarned is forearmed, it is said, but fore-knowledge is fragile and Sherlock must balance probability with instinct, caution with decisiveness, when warned of impending disaster for both City and Realm.

Allan Mitchell's stirring stanzas of reeling rhyme once again stretch back to an earlier era to witness the never-ending battle between Sherlock Holmes and the Menacing Metropolis.

Actual Customer Comment: Alan Mitchell first brought us the epic Sherlock Holmes poem in the form of “The Menacing Moors.” Now the author/poet returns to that format in the sequel, “The Menacing Metropolis”.

With events that begin immediately following the previous book, Holmes and Watson are back in London after Holmes’s recent sojourn to Sussex. They have learned that Professor Moriarty, believed to be dead, may be alive. Whoever has left a taunting note on the door of 221 Baker Street certainly wants them to think so.

With Watson’s invitation into a secret crime-fighting society, the investigation begins in earnest.

Actual Customer Comment: I enjoyed the book, but I have said before and I say again, poetry is made to be read aloud. I read the entire 170 pages aloud over two days. The cadence at times reminded me of The Night before Christmas, and sometimes of Dr. Seuss, but the story is definitely there!

Holmes detects the presence of a devious mind behind the events of The Menacing Moors. He wonders whether or not Moriarty could possibly be alive. Watson reminds Holmes that Moriarty had a brother, Colonel James Moriarty who had defamed Holmes in the newspapers following Professor Moriarty died at Reichenbach Falls. Then there is Colonel Moran. He is supposed to be in prison, but is discovered to have escaped. Nothing really is a deciding factor in determining who the mastermind really is, but Holmes and a group called The Tower are determined to find out!

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"Gaslight Grimoire, Fantastic Tales of Sherlock Holmes" Edited by J. R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec is a collection of 11 stories where supernatural and fantastical events are allowed to take. In this collection of pastiches, Ghosts and other weird things can apply... Authors include Barbara Hambly, Martin Powell, J. R. Campbell and Bob Madison amongst others.

The Story:  The first story in the book, "The Lost Boy" by Barbara Hambly. Sherlock Holmes visits Neverland and with the aid of Peter Pan defeats a nightmare and saves some children. What makes this whimsical story so interesting is the effect that Neverland has on Holmes and the fact that he meets Mrs. Watson wandering there as well...

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The Writing:  The editors, Campbell and Prepolec have the right idea of exploring otherly world adventures, but do not provide us with the best executed stories. The Hambly story, which is the first story presented, was the strongest of the lot, for me. Of course, your taste may vary and you will find some of the other stories better... Unfortunately, you will find some of the stories much worst.

Don't get me wrong, it is always fun when the supernatural and the world of Sherlock Holmes intertwine. It gives one a chance to see Holmes and Watson in a different light. And almost all the stories, here, have their "points of interest." I must admit though, I did not bother to read completely the last story in collection: "The Red Planet League" by Kim Newman. Actually the author's writing was fine, but the story only featured Professor Moriarty - Holmes was not in it at all. I am sure the intent of the story was supposed to be one of comical revenge using the H.G. Wells' War of the World framework, but I found it to mean spirited to enjoy and skpped to the ending...

The Rating: ... I give this book 3 "Pipes." This is not the best anthology of Sherlock Holmes pastiches, but the majority of the stories are worth reading...

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