Evening lovelies! I hope you’ve had an amazing day! This evening I have a review for you on the blog tour for The Watson Letters Vol 5:  Murder on Mystery Island….a fab Sherlock Holmes mystery with some cheeky adult humour!

the blurb

Intrepid investigators Holmes and Watson continue their fight against crime in a not quite Post-Victorian, steampunk parallel universe.

When consumptive Doctor Edward Armstrong turns up at Baker Street with an invitation to visit a mysterious island, Sherlock Holmes smells a rat. Sounding deviously similar to the plot of a recent novel by celebrated lady author Mrs Christie, Holmes decides to send his inveterate side-kick Watson to the island, along with the Doctor’s lovely, but wonky-eyed wife, Mary, and a well-known Scotland Yard detective. Taking Armstrong’s place, the team determine to find out exactly what’s going on, but before they’ve even left the mainland, one of the guests is murdered.

Adult humour throughout.

‘The Watson Letters – Volume 5: Murder on Mystery Island’ is book #5 in this Victorian comedy adventure series.

If you love historical mysteries, buy something else instead, but if you’re into murder, fart-gags and innuendo, this’ll be right up your Victorian street.

Where to buy: 

Ebook: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US ~ Smashwords

Paperback: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US

my review

After Dr Armstrong turns up to see Sherlock with an invitation to a mystery island, Holmes knows there’s something up and decides the best thing to do is send Dr Watson and his wife instead!!  Under cover, they meet the other invited guests but before they’ve even reached the remote island, one of the party is killed already.  They think that the murders may be based on the plot of a newly released novel….by a famous author…..but will the whole plot be played out? Who is behind the murder and will there be more? And will they make it off the island alive?

I haven’t read any of the previous volumes but having read this, I’ve been missing out!  This is a fab version of the Sherlock Holmes/Dr Watson stories, and feels much more modern than any I have previously read. The use of adult humour and swear words made this highly amusing, and I had some proper laugh out loud moments!

The storyline and plot is brilliant, and I really enjoyed the fact that Colin brings a famous author into the storyline.  I was slightly confused by the characters at the very end but that’s because I haven’t read a lot of Sherlock Holmes previously, but I did know that they were significant characters (and was ok once I’d had a little google!).

I enjoyed the way it was written; in diary style from the viewpoints of Dr Watson, Mrs Watson and a Scotland Yard Detective.  It’s an easy and relatively quick read, which will keep you wondering, have you laughing out loud and looking forward to reading more! Definitely worth checking out whether you’re a Holmes fan or not!



about the author

True-born Geordie Colin Garrow grew up in a former mining town in Northumberland and has worked in a plethora of professions including taxi driver, antiques dealer, drama facilitator, theatre director and fish processor, and has occasionally masqueraded as a pirate. Colin has published three stage plays, six adventures for middle grade readers, two books of short stories, the Watson Letters series and the Terry Bell Mysteries. His short stories have appeared in several literary mags, including: SN Review, Flash Fiction Magazine, The Grind, A3 Review, Inkapture and Scribble Magazine. These days he lives in a humble cottage in North East Scotland where he writes novels, stories. poems and the occasional song.

Where to find Colin online: Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Website (Adults) ~ Website (Children) ~ Website (The Watson Letters) ~ Amazon Author Page ~ Smashwords

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Massive thanks to Emma at Damppebbles for inviting me on to the tour, and to Colin and the publisher for providing me with a copy of the book in return for an honest review.

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful day!

Chelle x

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