Bittersweet: Memories as a journey

by Bücherstadt Kurier

Die deut­sche Ver­sion die­ser Rezen­sion ist erst­mals in der 17. Aus­gabe erschie­nen. Die eng­li­sche auf „Sher­lock DE“. Wir bedan­ken uns an die­ser Stelle für die Geneh­mi­gung der Zweitverwertung!

A Slight Trick of the MindWhen in 2005 a new novel about Sher­lock Hol­mes titled „A Slight Trick of the Mind“ was published, the cur­rent Hol­mes-hype wasn’t even on the hori­zon. Which makes Mitch Cullin’s ver­sion of the aging detec­tive fight­ing obli­vion even more ori­gi­nal, bit­ters­weet and human.

Sus­sex after World War II: Sher­lock Hol­mes devo­tedly looks after his beehi­ves. There’s not­hing else left for him to do. His for­mer part­ner Wat­son died many years ago and his body and mind are start­ing to fail him. By now in his nine­ties one last case takes him to a Japan still trau­ma­tised by the recent war. At the same time he tries to put down in wri­ting a last mys­tery dating back to his gol­den days, which awa­kens ten­der fee­lings in him. These two jour­neys become intert­win­ded with Hol­mes’ life in Eng­land and his unu­sual rela­ti­onship with Roger, his housekeeper’s enqui­ring son.

And ques­ti­ons hover above him like the Sword of Dam­o­cles: How relia­ble are his memo­ries? And how does one deal with not being able to trust them any longer?
This tou­ch­ing, tra­gic sub­ject is reflec­ted in Mitch Cullin’s unob­tru­sive, quiet wri­ting. Rich with hints and decep­tion it depicts uncer­tainty, ter­ror and speechl­ess­ness. The bee appears as a leit­mo­tif at all levels and shows a fra­gile and human side of Hol­mes, some­thing miss­ing from most other books about Holmes.

If you are inte­res­ted in see­ing Hol­mes from a dif­fe­rent angle, „A Slight Trick of the Mind“ is the book for you. Just be aware that the detec­tive has chan­ged and invi­tes you on a subtle but also nerve-wrack­ing journey.



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