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Sherlock Holmes and the Miskatonic Monstrosities

(The Cthulhu Casebooks #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  706 ratings  ·  84 reviews
It is the spring of 1895, and more than a decade of combating eldritch entities has cost Dr John Watson his beloved wife Mary, and nearly broken the health of Sherlock Holmes. Yet the companions do not hesitate when they are called to the infamous Bedlam lunatic asylum, where they find an inmate speaking in R’lyehian, the language of the Old Ones. Moreover, the man is horr ...more
Hardcover, 459 pages
Published November 14th 2017 by Titan Books (UK)
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Stephen Robert Collins
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This the second volume of Lovegrove's H P Lovecraft style Nightmare Holmes books set in the Cthulhu world it does help if have read Lovecraft & the first book but this is not a sequal that cannot be read alone .
1895 Watson's wife Mary from The Sigh of the Four is now dead.He is back full time with grump Holmes This set around time Holmes is also dead as Watson killed him in the Strand.
As any true fan will tell it is Watson who wrote the stories & Conan Doyle was his non d plumb .
This monsters
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Alexw
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A novel that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would have enjoyed reading.
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
As always this review and countless other awesome stuff can be found on my blog The tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Miskatonic Monstrosities is the second book in Lovegrove’s The Cthulu Casebooks trilogy and takes place over a decade after the events that transpired in the first book, The Shadwell Shadows.

The blurb does a fine job of recapping the story told within the p
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Ken B
3 STARS
Tony
Aug 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Only three stars but it’s not bad for a sequel. It hasn’t the raw energy or pace of the first and at times it feels as if parts had been revisited in order to pad out and increase the word count.

I feel as if the first was an interesting exercise but (and as stated from the outset) the plan for three is a bridge - or two - too far.
Mark
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Last year I really enjoyed the first in this series (review HERE), which seemed to capture the essence of Sherlock Holmes’ Victorian London and suffused it with Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. It was much more successful than I was expecting it to be, and so I picked this one up with some anticipation.

As the second book in the series, this one does what’s required of a sophomore novel, in that it takes the characters further than the first one did and broadens the scope of the imaginary world we are
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Maggi LeDuc
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
Another gripping tale that I had trouble putting down. I cannot wait to read the concluding story!
Connie
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book 2 in the Cthulhu Casebooks.
What do you get when you take an Elder God, a madman, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson? A fabulous Sherlock Holmes tale with a supernatural twist.
Looking forward to the next.
Tim Pendry

I am glad I persevered beyond the first 1oo pages or so. If I had not, I might have missed a rather fine story in the Cthulhu mythological tradition. This is the second of a trilogy but I am taking it as a work in itself for this review.

Lovegrove (not, of course, to be confused with Lovecraft) is writing in a sub-sub-genre of horror - the mash up Lovecraftian tale, in this case the mash-up of the rational Sherlock Holmes stories with those of Lovecraft or rather a more Derlethian reading of Love
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Bruce Hatton
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: english-crime, horror
This, the second book in the Cthulhu Casebooks trilogy is set 15 years after the first The Shadwell Shadows and once again merges Arthur Conan-Doyle's fictional detective into the fantasy-horror world of Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Yet again, I have to admire the way Lovegrove almost seamlessly manages to combine the two genres. In this book, he also cleverly includes elements from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness.
Like a few books in the original Holmes canon ( mo
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Laura
If you are recruited for a "scientific" expedition up the Miskatonic River to find a Shoggoth, bring a Slayer. Also, if the recruiter encourages you to keep researching Intercranial Cognition Transference on board and speculates about situations that human trials might present themselves you PROBABLY should just take a flamethrower to your notes.

It didn't sparkle as much as the first one. I found myself vexed at the idea that Mycroft Holmes would not have arranged things so that the people defe
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Joe Santoro
Apr 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I have definitely decided that James Lovegrove is a good writer... as he says himself in the prologue, anyone trying to mimic two different classics in the same book is either very bold or very foolhardy.

While he does pull it off, this one is far more Lovecraft than Doyle, so it didn't engage me nearly as much... perhaps once I get around to reading Lovecraft I'll appreciate it more.

I also kinda hated the ending. He fell into the fan fiction trap, and while it was a surprise, it wasn't a welcome
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Thomas
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is such a great mash up and I really want to read the last book in the trilogy. This is a must read for fans of Lovecraft and Holmes. Really good Victorian feel and lots of action and intrigue. This would make a great RPG campaign setting as well. Check it out.
Laura Ruetz
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The second book is just as well written as the first. A mixture of Lovecraft and Holmes, this is the best of both worlds.
Heather
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read that I failed to ration as I had hoped. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson against things man was not meant to know, brilliant. I loved the parts that took place in my home state, the potions about Miskatonic University which feels oddly like a place I've been so often have I been there in games. ^_^ Wonderful!
John R. Dailey Jr.
BRING THE BIG GUN WATSON!, DO YOU HEAR!, THE BIG ONE! WATSON

Hello, another absolutely amazing story. As Sherlock as Sherlock can get. Extremely well written and entertaining to read. I can see Jeremy Brett while reading the book. Great job. Thanks.
Rose
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: holmes, mysteries, fantasy
I wonder, if you'd told me a few years ago that a Sherlock Holmes/Lovecraft mashup was going to be my favorite thing ever, what I would've thought -- but here we are. Book 2 jumps fifteen years ahead to a forty-year-old Holmes and Watson, both suffering the effects of their war against the Elder gods: Holmes, ruining his health in an attempt to stay one step ahead of the battle; Watson, in mourning for the loss of his wife. The mystery was not quite as tight in this one as the first, and I misse ...more
B Meadows
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, horror, mystery
It becomes clear that Holmes and Watson have garnered a good deal more experience against the eldritch and execrable, lending credence to their skills as both detectives and warriors against the supernatural. What they’ve also got a good deal more of is animosity. Naturally battling monsters isn’t easy, but it’s apparent very early on that such activities have strained the point of Holmes and Watson’s relationship as well as their bodies and psyches.

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Christian Godoy
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Suffers the curse of the sequel.

Technically it is a three star rating. Minus one star for reducing the original Holmes works to mere fictions within the story. It felt sacrilegious. Minus another star due to the multiple chapters that felt like another book/filler. That could have been done better.

But it gets a star back because my first complaint was leveled at the first book, and since i took the ride again it wouldn't be fair.
Stuart
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Since the events of Christmas 1880, which I have related in The Shadwell Shadows, Holmes, Gregson and I, along with Mycroft Holmes, had forged a secret brotherhood. Together we made a pact to keep the world safe from unholy horrors and unearthly threats, and we had stuck by it during the intervening fifteen years, albeit at a cost to each of us in his own way.” Watson p26

It is so satisfying being back reading this series again. Sherlock fighting evil has been done many times before but James Lo
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Patrick  Walker
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Masterful!
Kenya Starflight
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read and loved James Lovegrove's first volume in the "Cthulhu Casebooks" trilogy, Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows, I knew I had to read the other volumes. Lovegrove does an excellent job at combining the logic-driven mystery of a Holmes story with the eldritch horrors and otherworldly monstrosities of the Lovecraft mythos, and I was curious to see where the rest of the series would take its readers. And while "Sherlock Holmes and the Miskatonic Monstrosities" isn't quite as good ...more
Mike
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it
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Dale
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Continued harrowing supernatural escapades of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson

Reimagining the Holmes canon as false stories to hide the truth, Lovegrove delves deep into the Lovecraft Mythos. Holmes and Watson are warriors against the Great Old Ones and their ilk. Stories Holmes aficionados know and love are cast in a different light, some of them quite ingenious.

In this volume, fifteen years have passed since the events of The Shadwell Shadows. Mary Watson is now dead from being torn apart
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Cale
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
While reading this, several people said 'Oh, you're reading Sherlock Holmes.' And I wanted to respond 'Yeah, but it's not real Sherlock Holmes.' It's telling that there's an introduction that basically admits that Holmes and Lovecraft aren't really compatible, even if they are nearly contemporaneous. The surreal and supernatural don't really align with Holmes' logic and rational approach. It also doesn't help that this is basically two novellas stuffed together - halfway through the story, Holme ...more
Eric
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing follow-on to the first in the series. The 'mystery' was apparent from the earliest pages. I'm trying not to include any spoilers, so my critique will be somewhat vague but here goes: The author couldn't be bothered to actually write a true Holmesian mystery so instead fills the second half of the book with a 'diary' written by one of the characters. So we have a Holmes mystery that doesn't even have Holmes present for about half the book. The diary ends well before the events of th ...more
Charles Haworth
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book

It takes the idea of the Cthulhu mythos being investigated by Sherlock Holmes, hinting that most of Watson's previous stories of his work have been heavily sanitised to hide occult components and showing them through an entire new investigation.

I like it because it is not a pastiche of either world, the Cthulhu component is not pure horror filled with Lovecraft's "unspeakable darkness", it is looked at logically through Holmes's world. It is still in every step as dangero
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Dawn
Combining Sherlock Holmes & the Lovecraft Cthulu mythos, this was a strange read. Basically, you get a crime fighting Sherlock & Watson who fight monsters instead of men. It was a bit odd (but then what do you expect if Lovecraft is involved!) but the author actually manages to mimic both styles fairly well. I think James Lovegrove is better at imitating Lovecraft than Doyle though. In true Lovecraftian fashion, the characters found a long diary that tells a long story within a story, and honest ...more
Kat
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, 2018, mysterious
Basic Plot: Watson and Holmes are the trail of a stray Miskatonic University student, and get far more than they bargained for.


I continue to enjoy this foray into an alternative Holmes canon. I really love all the references to traditional Holmes lore and the mythos twists added. This book was a little slower moving than the first, but I still devoured it when I had the chance to sit down and just read. This version of Holmes and Watson is different from the traditional novels, but not so much a
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Mark J Kettlewell
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Read. Some Mythos Errors or Liberties.

In the second novel of this trilogy, the Mythos action comes at us fast and furious, and Holmes and Watson certainly give us their sense of place in the 19th century fictional voice. I would recommend this book but I have one niggle.
Beware possible spoiler alert below.
Nyarlathotep and the hoary god Nodens are not in collaboration according to H P Lovecraft, as we read in “The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath.” So why a Nightgaunt would protect a Nyarlath
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James Lovegrove is the author of several acclaimed novels and books for children.

James was born on Christmas Eve 1965 and, having dabbled in writing at school, first took to it seriously while at university. A short story of his won a college competition. The prize was £15, and it had cost £18 to get the story professionally typed. This taught him a hard but necessary lesson in the harsh economic
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