An Atomic Moo Book Review of James Lovegrove’s New Mystery
James Lovegrove’s Gods of War is an exciting, and excellent, new addition to the recent series of Sherlock Holmes mysteries now published by Titan Book’s. In God’s of War, Lovegrove takes the reader back to 1913 (a year before World War One) where society is just getting use to motorized cars, and airplanes (aeroplanes), and world’s greatest detective is settling into retirement on the south shores of England. Well, almost. While being visiting by his friend, Dr. Watson, Sherlock Holmes come across the body of Young man (the son of a wealthy industrialist) who has fallen to his death. Here’s the synopsos:
1913. The clouds of war are gathering. The world’s great empires vie for supremacy. Europe is in turmoil, a powder keg awaiting a spark. A body is discovered on the shore below Beachy Head, just a mile from Sherlock Holmes’s retirement cottage. The local police are satisfied that it’s a suicide. The victim, a young man, recently suffered a disappointment in love, and Beachy Head is notorious as a place where the desperate and depressed leap to their deaths. Holmes, however, suspects murder. As he and Watson investigate, they uncover a conspiracy with shocking ramifications. There are some men, it seems, who not only actively welcome the idea of a world war but are seeking divine aid to make war a reality.
Of all the new Sherlock Holmes novels being released by Titan Books, this was the first one that read like an actual Mystery. I’m not saying that I didn’t enjoy the previous novels, (because I did) but they were too quick to put the great detective in front of huge steam powered monsters and mechanical impossibilities. In God’s of War, Lovegrove didn’t rely on retro-tech gadgets (Holmes booby trapped cottage I think gets a pass, because that just seems like something Holmes would have done) but instead crafted a fun world that presented it’s own challenges to Holmes and Watson. The pair are now older, and their world has moved on to include automobiles and airplanes. They’re winding down in a world that’s gearing up for destruction and that add a lot of charm to this adventure. Added to this is Lovegrove’s amazing writing style. He has an incredible descriptive talent paired with his ability to write excellent dialogue. Overall (and without spoiling too much) this was a fun, adventurous tale, and I hope to read more like this in the future.
Gods of War is now available in all major bookstores, or you can get your copy online at Titanbooks.com!