Friday, August 26, 2016

Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? (Shadow Police #3) by Paul Cornell

Paul Cornell is a British writer of science fiction and fantasy prose, comics and television. He's been Hugo Award-nominated for all three media, and has won the BSFA Award for his short fiction, and the Eagle Award for his comics. He's the writer of Saucer Country for Vertigo, Demon Knights for DC, and has written for the Doctor Who TV series. His new urban fantasy novel is London Falling, out from Tor on December 6th.
Someone has murdered the ghost of Sherlock Holmes. As a fictional character remembered by the people of London, Holmes’ ghost walked the city, and now someone has put a ceremonial dagger through his chest. What could be the motive? The small team of Metropolitan Police detectives who have The Sight find themselves pursuing a criminal genius who soon lures them into a Sherlockian maze of too many clues and too much evidence. Ross finds herself drawn to an actor who may or may not be a deity, and goes on a quest to win back her happiness. Lofhouse seeks the answers, finally, about why she brought the team together. Quill battles for his sanity. Costain battles for his soul. And Sefton just wants to bring his team back together, even if that takes him to the edge of death.
Paul Cornell, thank you doesn't begin to cover it! It was an amazing thrill and an unbelievable adventure reading book three of the series! I never say no to a Sherlock story, my Mom brought me up with them and I have been hooked ever since. Your take on Sherlock Holmes got me smitten from the very first paragraph. You put my perspective to the test with every  new addition and I am absolutely sure you are going to keep up your game in future.

To everyone who hasn't read the Shadow Police series have in mind this is dark fantasy for adults. You are up for mind-bending twists and dark sense of humour. On reading the book you'd notice how intensely you can taste London: each book is deeply intertwined with the history and legends of the city to an extent you are absolutely lost in what I call the London Essence - you breathe, live and experience London to the fullest.

Cornell's characters are always diverse and oddly charming, and they are fighting their personal demons so masterfully every psychiatrist out there would be impressed by the work that has been done in creating them. This is also probably the only urban fantasy to contain a smutty Cockfosters joke, for which I will always hold the series close to my heart. In fact, this series gets steadily better as it moves away from Sweeney territory and pays more attention to the characters and the interpersonal dynamics. 

If you are up to a good criminal story, if you are about solving the crime, if you are ready to give your heart to an urban fantasy, I promise you'll become fascinated by the strangeness and the supernatural discoveries that Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? has to offer you!