The Veiled Detective
The Veiled Detective, by David Stuart Davies, is a strangely suspensful story. It gives us a new and wonderful look at Holmes…but mostly at Watson. This underdeveloped, storyless character finally gets a story. And it’s quite an exciting one, too. Watson, a traitor? Unheard of! I’m sure the crazy Holmes fans are mad at this treacherous act, (“That’s not right!” was what I thought at first myself) but I’m not. In fact, the person who wrote this must be a crazy fan himself. Why? As you can see, he’s written a lot about Holmes. He’s a true Sherlock fanatic.
The plot is creepy, exciting, and simply good. The plot arch keeps getting scarier and scarier…until the surprisingly small surprise at the end…which is unsatisfying. The plot seems to be overlooked in the effort to make a happy ending. But I don’t mind, because this is a great story with characters very true to Holmesian mythology. Best fan fiction ever.
The characters are, well, completely Holmes, Watson, Mortiary and Mycroft. They do everything that the original characters would do, but there are things revealed about them that we never knew before. They’re great characters.
The Veiled Detective is a great read if you’re into Sherlock Holmes. It’s just a good story, plain and simple.