The Sherlock Effect: Book Review


Raymond Kay Lyon

Genre: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth

Pub date 25 January 2018

246 pages

Thistle Publishing


Christopher Sherlock Webster always blamed his Holmes-obsessed father for burdening him with an embarrassing middle name. He spent his school days desperately trying to live it down.

But after his old man prematurely dies, Christopher finds that he has somehow inherited the very same obsession…

Teaming up with Mo Rennie, a marketing-conscious pal, he starts up an agency called Baskerville’s, which specialises in the application of rigorous Holmesian method.

Here are five bizarre adventures from the files – a sumptuous feast upon which the gastronome of crime may gorge.

— A young beautician is stalked by a haunting stranger through the narrow streets of Cambridge. Yet he possesses love letters from the girl, ostensibly in her handwriting.

How come?

– A science journalist disappears while investigating UFO sightings in Wiltshire. But is the explanation earthly or supernatural?

— When a pornographer receives death threats online he arranges protection 24/7. Will it work?

– A pop diva’s boyfriend is kidnapped twice by animal rights extremists. Should the ransom be paid again?

— Everything in the garden seems rosy when a millionaire widower meets Miss Perfect through a dating agency. But the lady soon starts to behave oddly. Should the wedding plans be shelved?




It has been a long time since I had read a mystery book where the cases were solved primarily based on the power of deduction. So I was very excited to start The Sherlock Effect and I am really happy that this book lived up to my expectations.

According to me this book can be majorly divided into two parts, the part where backstory of Christopher or Sherl as his friend and business partner, Mo calls him, and another part consisting of 5 short stories, which are actually 5 cases which Sherl solves. In the backstory we get to know how Sherl got his middle, what problems he faced because of it, and how he eventually ended up doing this business of solving cases Sherlock style.

This book was just very well written, this book would be a treat to those who love reading books with good language and strong vocabulary. I just loved Sherl’s character and I am just in awe of his deduction power. Not just he gets to know the criminal before everyone else does, plus he also is able to tell how the crime was committed. Apart from Sherl, Mo’s character was quite good. He was a good friend and a great help to Sherl.

Each of the 5 stories had plotlines completely different from each other. And each of the stories were page turners, when you start a story, you are hooked from the start and you just need to know what will happen next, so in anticipation you keep on turning the pages.

This book had 5 stories, as I have already mentioned, all of them were really awesome but among them my favourite is the UFO one, The Warminster Assignment. It was really unpredictable and when everything got solved, I was pretty shocked.

Final words

If you are in a mood to read mystery, then just go and grab this book, in one you will get 5 thrilling stories, what else do you need?



(4 stars out of 5)

Praise for The Sherlock Effect

β€œI enjoyed β€˜The Sherlock Effect’ and thought it original and well-written. An important factor for me in reading anything is the compulsion to go on reading, and I felt that.”


β€œThe most ingenious part of your paperback is, of course, the central idea of a character named after Sherlock Holmes who decides to set up a detective agency on much the same lines as the original genius, and even in a similar room. I think that this inspiration offers interesting possibilities.”


β€œI love the idea of present day crimes being solved with Holmes’s deductive methods. The storylines are terrific.”


β€œIt is a tremendous read.”

*Received a free copy of The Sherlock Effect from the publisher in return for an honest review*


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