Sherlock Holmes: The Patchwork Devil
This supernatural twist on the classic detective series sees Sherlock Holmes and Watson encounter a grisly discovery, a giant monster, and a deadly conspiracy
It’s 1919. While the world celebrates the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, Holmes and Watson are called to a strange crime scene. A severed hand has been found on the bank of the Thames—a hand belonging to a soldier who supposedly died in the trenches two years previously. But the hand is fresh and shows signs that it was recently amputated . . . So how has it ended up back in London two years after its owner was killed in France?
Warned by Sherlock’s brother Mycroft to cease their investigation, and only barely surviving an attack by a superhuman creature, Holmes and Watson begin to suspect a conspiracy at the very heart of the British government.
Scott (Doctor Who: Who-ology) poses an intriguing puzzle for an older Holmes and Watson to tackle in 1919: "how a freshly severed hand could find itself in London, two years after its owner was killed some two hundred miles away." Watson, whose second wife is much less tolerant of his friend's demands on his time, gets enmeshed in that scary case after Holmes is consulted by Insp. Abraham Tovey, who specializes in inquiries that confound logic and "natural law." The trail leads them to the remains of a deserted hospital, where they find an unusual bone and are surprised by an eight-foot-tall monster. The trio barely survive the encounter with the aggressive monster, but Watson soon finds that powerful forces, including someone he had once considered a friend, are opposed to their pursuit of the truth. Many readers will figure out early on where the plot is ultimately heading, but Scott does a decent job of depicting the natural strains in the longstanding partnership.