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From the acclaimed author of Sherlock Holmes & The Christmas Demon another beautifully presented seasonal mystery. 1889. The First Terror. At a boys’ prep school in the Kent marshes, a pupil is found drowned in a pond. Could this be the fulfillment of a witch’s curse from four hundred years earlier? 1890. The Second Terror. A wealthy man dies of a heart attack at his London to From the acclaimed author of Sherlock Holmes & The Christmas Demon another beautifully presented seasonal mystery. 1889. The First Terror. At a boys’ prep school in the Kent marshes, a pupil is found drowned in a pond. Could this be the fulfillment of a witch’s curse from four hundred years earlier? 1890. The Second Terror. A wealthy man dies of a heart attack at his London townhouse. Was he really frightened to death by ghosts? 1894. The Third Terror. A body is discovered at a Surrey country manor, hideously ravaged. Is the culprit a cannibal, as the evidence suggests? These three linked crimes test Sherlock Holmes’s deductive powers, and his skepticism about the supernatural, to the limit. “Lovegrove has nailed the tone and rhythm of Conan Doyle’s storytelling to a tee” Starburst.


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From the acclaimed author of Sherlock Holmes & The Christmas Demon another beautifully presented seasonal mystery. 1889. The First Terror. At a boys’ prep school in the Kent marshes, a pupil is found drowned in a pond. Could this be the fulfillment of a witch’s curse from four hundred years earlier? 1890. The Second Terror. A wealthy man dies of a heart attack at his London to From the acclaimed author of Sherlock Holmes & The Christmas Demon another beautifully presented seasonal mystery. 1889. The First Terror. At a boys’ prep school in the Kent marshes, a pupil is found drowned in a pond. Could this be the fulfillment of a witch’s curse from four hundred years earlier? 1890. The Second Terror. A wealthy man dies of a heart attack at his London townhouse. Was he really frightened to death by ghosts? 1894. The Third Terror. A body is discovered at a Surrey country manor, hideously ravaged. Is the culprit a cannibal, as the evidence suggests? These three linked crimes test Sherlock Holmes’s deductive powers, and his skepticism about the supernatural, to the limit. “Lovegrove has nailed the tone and rhythm of Conan Doyle’s storytelling to a tee” Starburst.

30 review for Sherlock Holmes & The Three Winter Terrors

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah-Hope

    I read a LOT of riffs on the Holmes canon. Holmes has been a favorite of mine since back in 5th grade, and, since we no longer have Conan Doyle to turn to for new adventures, I'm dependent on an assortment of writers who have chosen to continue the Holmes legacy in their own fashion. A good proportion of these titles are mediocre. The ones that succeed generally involve pushing the traditional Holmes narrative in one way or another (think of Laurie King's Holmes, married to a much younger woman I read a LOT of riffs on the Holmes canon. Holmes has been a favorite of mine since back in 5th grade, and, since we no longer have Conan Doyle to turn to for new adventures, I'm dependent on an assortment of writers who have chosen to continue the Holmes legacy in their own fashion. A good proportion of these titles are mediocre. The ones that succeed generally involve pushing the traditional Holmes narrative in one way or another (think of Laurie King's Holmes, married to a much younger woman with a background in theological history). Occasionally, however, there's a title that succeeds because it reads as if Conan Doyle himself might have written it. Sherlock Holmes and the Three Winter Terrors is just such a title. The trio of interlocking tales is narrated in a voice that offers a dead-on version of the original Watson: intelligent (even if he's no match for Holmes), brave, gentlemanly, a bit over-concerned at times with propriety, and with a determination to do right by everyone he meets. My copy of Sherlock Holmes and the Three Winter Terrors is full of highlighted passages that I found delightful simply because they were so Watsonian. The Three Winter Terrors are similar in structure to many of the original Conan Doyle stories in terms of pacing, clues, and setting. If you enjoy reading the original Holmes stories, you'll enjoy reading what Lovegrove has on offer. I'm definitely on the lookout for more of his riffs on the canon. I received a free electronic review copy of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss; the opinions are my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Fizah(Books tales by me)

    THANKS TO NETGALLEY AND THE PUBLISHER FOR THIS REVIEW COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. This book has three stories. 1889. The First Terror is about a susceptible death of a boy in Watson's old school. The story was interesting, and the whole atmosphere pulled me into the book. The mystery was well kept. Although, the writing style wasn't my cup of tea. 1890, the Second Terror covered the death of a rich and corrupt man. His death was rather indirect and felt natural. The way sherlock solved THANKS TO NETGALLEY AND THE PUBLISHER FOR THIS REVIEW COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. This book has three stories. 1889. The First Terror is about a susceptible death of a boy in Watson's old school. The story was interesting, and the whole atmosphere pulled me into the book. The mystery was well kept. Although, the writing style wasn't my cup of tea. 1890, the Second Terror covered the death of a rich and corrupt man. His death was rather indirect and felt natural. The way sherlock solved the case was quite interesting, but I found my attention wavering. several times, 1990, the Third Terror connected the characters from the last two stories and several new characters. It is the story I liked least and skimmed a lot. The ending was unexpected and intelligent. I enjoy the book but also struggle to read it. It is the writing style I try to avoid.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    The Three Winter Terrors are three stories that all connect to make up a great read. As with his previous Sherlock Holmes stories, James Lovegrove stays true to the Conan Doyle style of writing. Highly recommend this if you're a Sherlock fan. The Three Winter Terrors are three stories that all connect to make up a great read. As with his previous Sherlock Holmes stories, James Lovegrove stays true to the Conan Doyle style of writing. Highly recommend this if you're a Sherlock fan.

  4. 5 out of 5

    4cats

    Entertaining, written in the style of Watson, great winter read for Sherlock fans. The Three Winter Terrors are 3 interlocking stories featuring Sherlock Holmes and the loyal Dr Watson, the stories take place across about a 5 year period; the link is a family who appear in each of the tales Well written in the style of Conan Doyle a must for fans of Holmes.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amy Walker - Trans-Scribe Reviews

    Eagerly waiting for the new James Lovegrove Sherlock Holmes book each winter has started to become a tradition of mine, as for three years now readers have been treated to a wonderfully told wintery tale staring the world's greatest detective and his ever present companion; though this year is slightly different. We don't just get one mystery to keep up entertained, we get three. Sherlock Holmes & The Three Winter Terrors is set across several years, where Holmes and Watson are called in to inves Eagerly waiting for the new James Lovegrove Sherlock Holmes book each winter has started to become a tradition of mine, as for three years now readers have been treated to a wonderfully told wintery tale staring the world's greatest detective and his ever present companion; though this year is slightly different. We don't just get one mystery to keep up entertained, we get three. Sherlock Holmes & The Three Winter Terrors is set across several years, where Holmes and Watson are called in to investigate three cases that have ended in death. The first one, set in 1889, sees Watson returning to his past as he and Holmes travel to the school he used to attend, where a young student was found drowned in the lake on the grounds. Whilst everyone else thinks that this was simply a tragic accident, that the boy went swimming and met a horrible end, one of the teachers, an old friend of Watson's, believes that there may be a more nefarious answer. The second case, set just a year later in 1890, sees Holmes being approached by a wealthy businessman who wants to hire him to look into strange, ghostly appearances that have been happening in his home. He claims that sooty footprints have been found, hand prints left in strange places, ghostly flames that suddenly vanish, and mysterious smoke that seems to have no source. Not convinced that there's much of a mystery here to investigate, and rather put off by the man's rudeness, Holmes agrees to at least check into it. However, when he arrives at the family home the next day he's shocked to learn that his client is now dead. Suddenly sure that there's more going on that there appears, Holmes sets out so solve what he believes may be a murder. The final case, set four years later in 1894, after Holmes' miraculous return from the dead, Holmes and Watson are approached to look into the murder of an academic who was found dead on the edge of the forest that surrounds his country home. Whilst everyone thinks it was the result of an animal attack the doctor who examined the body claims to have found human teeth marks on the corpse, leading people to suspect a strange man living deep in the woods with a tragic history may be responsible. Holmes sets out to find out the real answer, before a potentially innocent man falls victim to mob justice. On the surface there's not much to connect these three cases, except the fact they all take place over the winter months. One is set in a school and sees Holmes investigating an accident. Another is set in the heart of London and may involve ghosts. And the last took place in a quiet country village and might have been committed by a cannibal. You'd be forgiven for thinking that this is nothing more than a collection of three stories without much in common, and that would still be a perfectly fine book; but Lovegrove does something great to tie these cases together. They all keep involving the same family. This isn't just three random cases, but one family's continued misfortune over the years. It's a great conceit, and one that make this more than just three random stories. We've seen Holmes and Watson meeting people more than once over the years, and there have been sequels to certain of the original stories that see characters and ideas returning; but this might be one of the few times where the two investigators keep coming back to the same family time and time again. This alone makes the book an interesting addition to the ever expanding Holmes canon; but the cases themselves as so wonderfully good too. James Lovegrove does an excellent job of giving the reader enough clues to be able to figure out everything we need to get to the same answers as Holmes, and there were times that I began to piece things together alongside the detective. However, there's always that moment where I'd thought I'd gotten the answer but found that I'd gone down the wrong line of thought, not because of some hidden detail that I wasn't aware of or some last minute revelation, but because I'd overlooked something or judge something wrong. Whenever this happened and Holmes gave the correct answer I couldn't help but shake my head at my own conclusions and marvel at the answers I was given. This is a large part of why I really enjoyed this book, why I enjoy all of Lovegrove's Holmes stories. He just knows how to write the perfect mysteries. It doesn't feel like someone trying to emulate the original stories, it simply feels part of that world. He also knows how to make the characters feel more than just caricatures or impressions of the originals. They have personality and charm that feels real, that's true to the source material. James Lovegrove is easily one of my favourite Holmes writers. This is the third year in a row that I've gotten to sit down in the darker, colder months of the year with a wonderful Sherlock Holmes book. It's something that I look forward to, and this year hasn't spoilt that experience at all; if anything it's been an absolutely wonderful one. I can't wait to see what we get next.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Milou

    When I saw this book on Netgalley I requested because…. well of course I did! It is James Lovegrove’s Sherlock Holmes… And what can I say? He has done it again! Lovegrove really has mastered Conan Doyle’s style and just writes the best Holmes stories. This time we follow Holmes and Watson throughout three interlinked stories. The blurb states they all have a supernatural element… but the third one deals with a cannibal. Anyway… the stories themselves are all great reads, but having them link toge When I saw this book on Netgalley I requested because…. well of course I did! It is James Lovegrove’s Sherlock Holmes… And what can I say? He has done it again! Lovegrove really has mastered Conan Doyle’s style and just writes the best Holmes stories. This time we follow Holmes and Watson throughout three interlinked stories. The blurb states they all have a supernatural element… but the third one deals with a cannibal. Anyway… the stories themselves are all great reads, but having them link together makes them even better. Although I am not a fan of short story collections, these ones were the perfect length. They were long enough to create an interesting case, but short enough to read in a single sitting. The writing was although reminiscent of the classics, also effortless and just easy to read. My only complaint? The first case was just too easy… to me it was obvious what happened as soon as the body was described. Also, there is a certain clue which Sherlock misses/deems to be irrelevant. Yet I picked up on it, making one of the big reveals not surprising whatsoever. Sure it feels great to outsmart Sherlock, but I would rather have been amazed. Still, I had a great time with this book and would highly recommend it to anyone who fancies a good Sherlock Holmes story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jean-Luc

    A marvellous collection of three linked stories set in England at the tail-end of the Victorian Era and starring the stubborn and perceptive Sherlock Holmes and his faithful friend and sidekick, Dr. Watson, as they painstakingly try to elucidate some rather unsavory criminal shenanigans involving ancient curses, witchcraft, supernatural happenings and cannibalism among others... A captivating and very entertaining fictional trip as we follow our genial and determined heroes carrying out a very imp A marvellous collection of three linked stories set in England at the tail-end of the Victorian Era and starring the stubborn and perceptive Sherlock Holmes and his faithful friend and sidekick, Dr. Watson, as they painstakingly try to elucidate some rather unsavory criminal shenanigans involving ancient curses, witchcraft, supernatural happenings and cannibalism among others... A captivating and very entertaining fictional trip as we follow our genial and determined heroes carrying out a very impressive investigation with all the rigoroussness, tenacity and diligence they have been famously known for over the years. Blessed with a dazzling cast of characters and lots of sparkling wit, this charming and amusing whodunit definitely deserves to be read & enjoyed without any moderation

  8. 5 out of 5

    Vivienne

    My thanks to Titan Books for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Three Christmas Terrors’ by James Lovegrove in exchange for an honest review. I was aware that James Lovegrove had written a number of historical mysteries featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson though I hadn’t to date read any of them. So this seasonally themed collection of three linked stories proved a good introduction. Holmes is known for his scepticism about anything related to the supernatural; yet each of thes My thanks to Titan Books for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Three Christmas Terrors’ by James Lovegrove in exchange for an honest review. I was aware that James Lovegrove had written a number of historical mysteries featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson though I hadn’t to date read any of them. So this seasonally themed collection of three linked stories proved a good introduction. Holmes is known for his scepticism about anything related to the supernatural; yet each of these three cases, dubbed by Dr. Watson as the Three Terrors, has a sinister aspect that may well challenge Holmes’ attitudes towards the unseen. The cases take place over a period of five years. 1889 The First Terror: could a drowning at a boys’ prep school be linked to a 200-year-old witch’s curse? 1890. The Second Terror: could a wealthy man have been frightened to death by ghosts at his London townhouse?   1894. The Third Terror: could the ravaged body found in the dark woods near a Surrey country manor be the victim of a cannibal? In each case Sherlock Holmes brings his powers of deduction to bear on the facts. I won’t mention what links the stories in order to avoid spoilers but I thought that it was quite clever. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was impressed by Lovegrove’s storytelling. I felt that he perfectly captured the ambiance of Conan Doyle’s original stories. After this positive experience I certainly will be reading more of his tales of Sherlock Holmes.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lianne

    The game is afoot! I have a deep love for Sherlock Holmes stories.  My dad gave me my fist Sherlock book, The Sign of Four, when I was about 10 years old. Those stories were one of the reasons why I love mysteries and that they are usually my go-to comfort reads (strange, I know).  So when I can find an author that writes really good Sherlock stories, I'm a fan, and James Lovegrove writes some of the best Sherlock stories around. This installment covers three of Sherlock's cases, all set during wi The game is afoot! I have a deep love for Sherlock Holmes stories.  My dad gave me my fist Sherlock book, The Sign of Four, when I was about 10 years old. Those stories were one of the reasons why I love mysteries and that they are usually my go-to comfort reads (strange, I know).  So when I can find an author that writes really good Sherlock stories, I'm a fan, and James Lovegrove writes some of the best Sherlock stories around. This installment covers three of Sherlock's cases, all set during winter.  I don't want to post any spoilers, so I will only say that each story interconnects, which is always fun.  Told by the esteemed Dr. Watson, Lovegrove is able to perfectly capture the tone and setting of the Sherlock universe while making the writing itself accessible to modern readers.  Each of the mysteries is logical and the resolutions make sense.  There are no sudden twists that come out no where.  In fact, Holmes tells Watson ( and the readers) everything that he needs to know to solve the case. Simply put, I loved it! Lovegrove's Sherlock Holmes' stories are always great and this new one keeps that streak going.  On a side note, Lovegrove has written a side series called Sherlock Holmes and Cthulhu Casebooks. As a Lovecraft  and Holmes fan, the melding of these two universes made me so happy. If you love weird stories & Sherlock Holmes, you definitely want to check them out.

  10. 5 out of 5

    John Derek

    The author has again proved that he has defined the art of capturing Arthur Conan Doyle’s ability in writing the perfect Sherlock Holmes historical mysteries. James Lovegrove seems to have an innate ability to produce the perfect blend of historical fiction and thrilling adventure. Three interesting tales all are requiring a Sherlock Holmes subtle approach. Not exactly intellectually stimulating as whodunits go, but still great reads. Each has twists and misdirection’s to keep the reader guessing The author has again proved that he has defined the art of capturing Arthur Conan Doyle’s ability in writing the perfect Sherlock Holmes historical mysteries. James Lovegrove seems to have an innate ability to produce the perfect blend of historical fiction and thrilling adventure. Three interesting tales all are requiring a Sherlock Holmes subtle approach. Not exactly intellectually stimulating as whodunits go, but still great reads. Each has twists and misdirection’s to keep the reader guessing. The main characters are well described as you would expect, and all the supporting casts have different personalities and traits, so you do not get bored. The writing is sharp, and the dialogue is appropriately antiquated, which adds to the atmosphere and gothic feel to the tales. The author paints a vivid picture of the sights and sounds of each winter terror and although some of the crime scenes in question are a little disturbing, it all adds to good theatre. The strength of any Sherlock Holmes novel lies in how the great detective solves the crimes through his inductive/deductive processes. And this book does not disappoint in this regard. Sherlock Holmes and The Three Winter Terrors is an excellent read and welcome addition to the growing Holmes library. Thank you, Titan Books and NetGalley, for a great ADC.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Annarella

    There are plenty of Sherlock Holmes pastiches being published but this is the best I read so far. Sherlock Holmes and Watson are "canonical" and they could have been written by a contemporary Conan Doyle. They are timeless and modern as it should be for this type of characters. Mr Lovegrove is a talented storyteller and this story kept me turning pages and on the edge till the end. All three terrors are bound by a common thread and all feature a paranormal aspect that could or could not be (no spoi There are plenty of Sherlock Holmes pastiches being published but this is the best I read so far. Sherlock Holmes and Watson are "canonical" and they could have been written by a contemporary Conan Doyle. They are timeless and modern as it should be for this type of characters. Mr Lovegrove is a talented storyteller and this story kept me turning pages and on the edge till the end. All three terrors are bound by a common thread and all feature a paranormal aspect that could or could not be (no spoiler). These a collection of excellent whodunit, and the reader is given enough clues to solve them. Three gothis and eerie stories and I loved the style of writing and the gothic atmosphere. A gripping and highly entertaining read. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the Titan and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine

  12. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Stumbled upon this one since it was included in my Audible membership and I’m glad I gave it a go! I’ve always been studious in avoiding modern spin-offs of the classics; not only are they often mediocre, but the characters are frequently OOC. That wasn’t an issue here. Better yet, the mysteries were actually very engaging and cleverly interconnected. The final of the three winter terrors, the case of the “Yukon Cannibal,” was particularly interesting and suspense-laden (though I wouldn’t recomme Stumbled upon this one since it was included in my Audible membership and I’m glad I gave it a go! I’ve always been studious in avoiding modern spin-offs of the classics; not only are they often mediocre, but the characters are frequently OOC. That wasn’t an issue here. Better yet, the mysteries were actually very engaging and cleverly interconnected. The final of the three winter terrors, the case of the “Yukon Cannibal,” was particularly interesting and suspense-laden (though I wouldn’t recommend it for readers who have weak stomachs). In terms of the narration, I also have no complaints - it was well read. I’m definitely looking forward to checking out more of the audiobooks in this series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    Sherlock Holmes and The Three Winter Terrors is an excellent addition to the growing list of Sherlock Holmes pastiches. This book, written by James Lovegrove, reads and feels like an authentic Holmesian adventure. The author has been publishing Christmas themed Sherlock Holmes novels for three years in the row and all of them are cracking reads. Within the pages of this atmospheric book sits three seemingly disconnected crimes but they form an overarching story. The book is a fast-paced page tur Sherlock Holmes and The Three Winter Terrors is an excellent addition to the growing list of Sherlock Holmes pastiches. This book, written by James Lovegrove, reads and feels like an authentic Holmesian adventure. The author has been publishing Christmas themed Sherlock Holmes novels for three years in the row and all of them are cracking reads. Within the pages of this atmospheric book sits three seemingly disconnected crimes but they form an overarching story. The book is a fast-paced page turner. Twists and turns are plenty and the finale took me by surprise. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to kindred spirits of Sherlock Holmes.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Edith Brideau

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved this book and am anxious to read more of James Lovegrove. I am thrilled to find a dozen of his books available online through the Pueblo (Colorado) Library. As always, when reading Dr. Watson's account of the superior intellect and observational skills of Sherlock Holmes, I found myself thinking, "Why didn't I notice those clues?" But even more important, Mr. Lovegrove has captured the language and atmosphere of late 19th Century England. Such a treat to escape from the depressing realit I loved this book and am anxious to read more of James Lovegrove. I am thrilled to find a dozen of his books available online through the Pueblo (Colorado) Library. As always, when reading Dr. Watson's account of the superior intellect and observational skills of Sherlock Holmes, I found myself thinking, "Why didn't I notice those clues?" But even more important, Mr. Lovegrove has captured the language and atmosphere of late 19th Century England. Such a treat to escape from the depressing reality of 21st Century United States politics and diviseness! Bless you, Mr. Lovegrove.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ron Baumer

    What a great book! This book definitely is one to read for Sherlock Holmes fans. The author does an outstanding job of staying true to the original novels and the story is quite intriguing. I had to finish this in one day, I could not put it down! Thank you to #NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Neeharika Goteti

    I just got sherlocked with the book. It was so cool. The characters and premise were just as good. Apart from some minuscule boredoming moments , on the whole it was highly entertaining and equally enticing. It stands up to the genre and the title.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    The Three Winter Terrors are three entertaining linked stories. I rarely miss a Sherlock Holmes pastiche and enjoyed this one. Read in Oct. NetGalley/Titan Books. Sherlock Holmes. Oct. 12, 2021. Print length: 320 pages

  18. 5 out of 5

    VasPet

    This book is a lavish sadistic feast. I've read the first story, and the amount of violence of all possible kinds is truly mind-boggling. It's a shame as I used to be a big fan of this author and his Sherlock Holmes novels. I wonder what happened to him. This book is a lavish sadistic feast. I've read the first story, and the amount of violence of all possible kinds is truly mind-boggling. It's a shame as I used to be a big fan of this author and his Sherlock Holmes novels. I wonder what happened to him.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    A meditation on sociopathy in the perfect voice of John Watson.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Paul Kennedy

    Three great Sherlock tales! Another winner from Mr. Lovegrove.

  21. 5 out of 5

    bookish _ priority

    4.5 Another strong installment to this Sherlock Holmes series. Lovegrove writes beautifully and nails the characters every time. There's nothing I like more than reading these over the winter season. They're cozy and intriguing. 4.5 Another strong installment to this Sherlock Holmes series. Lovegrove writes beautifully and nails the characters every time. There's nothing I like more than reading these over the winter season. They're cozy and intriguing.

  22. 4 out of 5

    James Erickson

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gurvan

  24. 4 out of 5

    StephanieE

  25. 4 out of 5

    Emma

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mjab

  27. 4 out of 5

    KaroLin (Fiktion fetzt)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mel

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mya Maxwell

  30. 4 out of 5

    Priscilla Speratti

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