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Sherlock Holmes and the Plague of Dracula
by Stephen Seitz
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Mountainside Press, 2006 (2006)
*   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Lovers of mysteries never tire of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes. For those who believe that Holmes, along with master criminal Moriarty, perished in Switzerland, Sherlock Holmes and the Plague of Dracula will come as a welcome surprise.

Author Stephen Seitz claims to have come upon several of Dr. Watson's unpublished journals and so is able to continue Holmes' saga. Holmes and Watson travel to Transylvania to discover the fate of a young man betrothed to their client. Upon reaching Dracula's castle, strange happenings occur that convince them that vampires are loose on the world once again.

Back to London, supposedly to work on another case. But Holmes, up to his clandestine habits, puts himself in the way of danger. Holmes, in this story, presents his usual brilliant deductions but doesn't seem as crisp with them. Watson is not depicted as a bumbler and manages to do some intelligent detecting of his own.

Sherlock Holmes and the Plague of Dracula is a treat for those enamored of the occupant of 221b Baker Street. Possibly if the journals reveal more cases, readers will have more such treats in store.

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