REVIEW – A Continuum of Sherlock Holmes Stories by Jay Ganguly

Your morality holds you prisoner,” Holmes observed. 

When I heard Sherlock Holmes say that to Dr. Watson, I was hooked. Jay Ganguly’s audiobook of Holmes stories is splendid. Each one a jewel for those lucky enough to be aware of the fantastic explosion of new Sherlock Holmes adventures that characterizes some of the world’s best writing today.

Jay’s Sherlock is very much like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s characterization, and her Holmes still manages to surprise us and John Watson with his knowledge and where his inquisitive genius mind takes him. I especially enjoy how she presents genius as a normal state for certain humans.

Albert Einstein said, “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”

Jay Ganguly uses both logic and imagination to spin her tales. Through her perspective, we are treated to a view of Sherlock Holmes from the east, through the eyes and pen of a woman who knows these lands intimately. The stories she sets in India are full of the culture and way of life of its people. And especially for women who suffered from the inequalities of the day. Holmes travelled to India and was challenged and broadened by his experiences there. We get to share it with him.

Jay is a fine author, and A Continuum of Sherlock Holmes Stories is a joy to read. She carries the reader through the mystery with her impeccable 19th-Century language, characterization, adventurous action, and superb understanding of her historical subject. I prefer my heroes to be human. My preference is for books that have a eureka moment, and that add to my own knowledge of the two gentlemen sleuths who bring justice to the world with their minds, their writing, and their wit.

For these human skills, if developed by any one of us have the capacity to make the world a better place.

I am an MX author of new Sherlock Holmes novels. My writing springs from the same sense of justice as Dr. Watson’s, and Dr. Doyle’s. My books brim with imagination and a news reporter’s excitement for the true history of the day. THESE SCATTERED HOUSES. A breakthrough novel for Holmes and for me, an historical murder mystery solved as only Holmes can. The sequel, Sherlock Holmes: REMARKABLE POWER OF STIMULUS is a Sherlock Holmes novel with heart. THE KEYS OF DEATH is the genesis story of No. 221B Baker Street.

Two short stories published this year: “In The Land of the Living” Mystery Magazine, October 2021. “Sir Arthur and the Time Machine” SHERLOCK HOLMES FURTHER ADVENTURES IN THE REALMS OF H. G. WELLS, a Belanger Anthology. I contributed Arthur Conan Doyle’s, and Sherlock Holmes’ history, and edited JEREMY BRETT – PLAYING A PART and JEREMY BRETT IS SHERLOCK HOLMES by Maureen Whittaker.

A member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes, The John H. Watson Society, the Priory Scholars of New York, the ACD Society, the Sherlock Holmes Society of India, and the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers assemblage artist collective.

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