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My Grave Ritual

(Warlock Holmes #3)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  240 ratings  ·  42 reviews
"If you ever wondered how much better Sherlock would be if people could hurl hellfire at each other, well this one is for you." Starburst Magazine on A Study in Brimstone

Warlock Holmes and Dr John Watson find themselves inconvenienced by a variety of eldritch beings, and the fact that one of them has goat legs. Christmas brings a goose that doesn't let being cooked slow
Published May 15th 2018 by Titan Books
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

It’s a little ridiculous how much I’m loving this series. Despite the mountain of books in my TBR waiting to be read, I picked this one up as soon as it arrived on my doorstep because you know you’re always guaranteed a fun time with a Warlock Holmes book. While My Grave Ritual might have been a little bit less cohesive and a bit more meandering compared to the two previous volumes, I was happy to see that once again it di
K.J. Charles
Another gleeful instalment of this hugely entertaining series. Veers between Lovecraftian cosmic horror and very very silly jokes, much based closely in the original Holmes stories. Massive fun, wolfed down three books in a row, and now I have to wait for the author to actually write another one. Curses.
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was SO much fun! I could hardly put this down (certainly not for something as boring as walking…), and was looked at askance more than once for bursting into uncontrollable fits of laughter while walking and reading at the same time. People are so weird sometimes :D


As always, this is the perfect combination of the original story and geeky references, with all the thrills and laughs you could possibly want- as long as you're okay with a bumbling, demonic, hellfire-hurling Holmes and
Alex Crozier
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Never have I found a series quite so perfectly in line with my tastes. This book- the whole series so far- has been such a delight, I really hope we see more.
Evadare Volney
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I dithered over the number of stars because it didn't make me howl with laughter quite as much as the first two books in the series, but then I decided it was just that the novelty had worn off and this one is really just as good - and maybe even better in that it's definitively building towards a series finale that's probably going to be gruesome and painful. Anyway, if you like the premise - Watson is the real detective, Holmes is a rather dim but extremely powerful sorcerer who's usually comp ...more
Sarah Kate Henne
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love the series, but this one falls a bit short

I absolutely love this series. I have read or listened to the first two at least a dozen times a piece. This third volume however... it was missing something. The reader can clearly see how the author is developing the plot and expanding his quirky universe beyond the major plot point of Holmes’ battle with Moriarty, but the pace was a bit rushed. There were more adventures covered in this installment than in any of the other, but, again, they were
Michael Brown
Jul 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: series-reading
Another in the magical Warlock Holmes series of spoofs of the stories all with a new twist.
Jeff Harris
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I adore this series.
Just as funny as the first Warlock Holmes!
Pages & Cup
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another absolutely hilarious Holmes parody. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
Mike Stolfi
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
They make me laugh, I mean who didn't want to slap around Percy Phelps?
Seregil of Rhiminee
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Risingshadow.

G.S. Denning's Warlock Holmes: My Grave Ritual is the third book in the Warlock Holmes series of humorous books about Warlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. This latest entry is marvellous in its approach to Sherlockian mysteries, because the author once again delivers unique and highly amusing stories that make readers laugh out loud with delight.

I have to confess that I love this book series. There's nothing quite like this out there on the market, because thi
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
G. S. Dennings’ Warlock Holmes series are the kind of books you didn’t know you needed in your life until you read them. I love this series as it is magical, larger than life, witty and hilarious. Dennings enjoys calamity as much as nuance with his own iteration of the classic Sherlock stories and I can’t get enough of them. The imagery that Dennings conjures in the mind is marvellous to say the least. My Grave Ritual is a clever addition to the series that sets up the return of Moriarty and als ...more
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted at Erlebnisse:

Oh, dear reader.

It was so good to be back in this world again.

If you’ve read my reviews of either of the first two books preceding Warlock Holmes: A Grave Ritual, you know I’m a very big fan of both this series and this author. When the author was kind enough once again to send me a copy of the latest installment (thank you, Gabe!!), I was practically dancing with excitement. Especially since I haven’t read anything
Amy Caudill
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This third installment of the author’s paranormal parody of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective features Warlock Holmes, a hapless, frequently helpless practitioner of dark arts who is riddled with demons that occasionally prove useful, but more often threaten the sanity of Dr. John Watson, who is not the sidekick, thank you very much, but the real brains behind the crime-solving duo.

This anthology of short stories is based off Conan Doyle’s originals, but in this version the separate cases t
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: titan
If A Study In Brimstone was the introduction to Warlock Holmes, and The Hell-Hound Of The Baskervilles essentially his origin story, then My Grave Ritual brings the machinations of The Woman to the forefront. Not for G.S. Denning the consignment of Irene Adler to a single story. She is, instead, a constant, if elusive, presence throughout this book (tho she was, of course, introduced much earlier in ASiB.) Coincidentally, her significance becomes more pronounced at the same time that our hero Dr ...more
Charley Robson
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do you like mysteries?
Do you like inventive urban fantasy?
Do you like wit?
Do you like Sherlock Holmes?

... Well three out of four isn't bad, and honestly doing away with Sherlock Holmes is where the rest gets to shine.

I won't say too much, because most of the fun of this book is in discovering the inventive twists and plays on the original works and saying anything at all is dangerously close to spoiling it, but I will tell you that this is as well-paced, well-planned and thoroughly hilarious a t
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have not read the other two in the series. I passed by this and grabbed it on a whim at the library.

I'm glad I did.

I'm not sure of the characterizations in the first two novels of the series, but this had me enthralled in no time. These were interesting and different takes on the characters I've come to love in recent years; quirky and more childish Sherlock, more grounded in reality Watson, and a strange cast of other characters I know.

Even the background characters, such as Violet Hunter, h
Rowan Blythe
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In a world full of serious and dark Sherlock's, where the only funny bits are when he misunderstands some basic human emotion, much to the horror of those around him. This is a wondrous little vacation. It had me in stitches, giggling and chortling the whole way through.

Of course my favorite story was with Violent Hunter and I hope to see more of her in the next novel, but I have no expectation. Just as I had none coming to this book for the first time, thinking contextual clues could allow me
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pretty much as hilarious as the previous two books. No drop in quality anywhere in sight, a little stronger than the previous one even. You'd think by book three the comical/supernatural twist on the old Holmes stories might get old, but it doesn't for me. As far as I am concert, G.S. Denning can redo all of Arthur Conan Doyle's stories and then some.
Some of my personal highlights in this book were the story completely told from the perspective of Warlock Holmes and that totally unexpected, abso
Thera Lewis
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ummmm, I’m a little disappointed. I love his series but I came across a line in the book that is kind of 😒. Page 175, second paragraph.
“I wanted to tell COVFEFE that he’ll never pass himself off as human - he’s bright orange with white circles around his eyes - ...”
FYI, COVFEFE is a demon. Soooo.....
I won’t elaborate on why this bugs me. I’m sure you can figure it out.
Let me just say, I read to escape from the world for a bit. That includes escaping from politics.
Just leaving that nugget ther
4-4.5 stars

It would be a solid five, however (view spoiler) Other than that, I LOVE this series. They are funny and creepy, clever and I do love the side characters. I wish we had more of Lestrade and Groggson. You never know what to expect from goat-throwing to clever and evil geese. Just original and fun. So gla
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one gets 3 stars only because I love the series and the characters and because the narrator was outstanding, as usual. The book was a disappointment. There was no cohesiveness and the ending was just bad. Several times, I thought I'd gotten distracted and missed something and reread to find that no, I hadn't. There were still some funny moments but the whole thing felt disjointed and rushed.
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again, Denning succeeds in recasting the classic tales of Sherlock Holmes in his gothic fantasy narrative. Adventures in the third of the series include twists on The Musgrave Ritual (nodding toward the title of the book), The Red-Headed League, The Blue Carbuncle, and A Scandal in Bohemia.
One cannot help but laugh at the punchy quirks of Holmes and the ingenious nod to Trump via the demon Covfefe.
While I truly enjoy having Holmes and Watson's adventures told in a more cohesive narrative, I
Baker St Shelves
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the Warlock Holmes series and as with the others, it does a fantastic job in satirizing the famous Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories with plenty of humor, snappy dialogue, and mysteries done in a way that if you’re familiar with Doyle’s work, then you know how it will play out. But Denning manages to keep it fresh and still be natural with the changes, whilst still be familiar to long time fans. Loving each book so far and will continue with the next ones!
Aug 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, re-tellings, 1, magic
The first book was entertaining and well-written.
The second book felt a bit more sophomoric, though still fairly good.

This one is just terrible. The writing is juvenile to the point where it is now painful to read and the humor incites wincing instead of laughter. I managed to get 3/4ths of the way through before I just had to put it down.

And seriously: Covfefe? Sad.
When I started reading this I did not realize it was a series! I'm delighted that I can now go back and read the two previous books.
I absolutely love Sherlock Holmes. This series puts a twist on things and Watson plays the principal role in most of the stories. That's all I'll say. Other than the fact that the stories are filled with humor and sometimes magic!!!
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
These continue to be fresh despite being parodies. Denning finds myriad ways to make Warlock a hilarious nuisance and Watson a brilliant but sometimes supernaturally thwarted genius. I hope the series is long running, it has so much fun left to give!
R. Andrew Lamonica
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
These books just crack me up. G.S. Denning isn't quite a Douglas Adams, but he has mastered a few of the later's tricks. I almost choked on my tea when I encountered the throw-away-paragraph about the demon Covfefe.
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a cliffhanger!!! I can’t wait for the next one!
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Gabriel Denning was born and raised in Seattle. He has published articles for the popular games company Wizards of the Coast, worked as a editor, written a video-game script for Nintendo, and scripted and performed shows at the Epcot Center, Walt Disney World. He now lives in Las Vegas with his family.

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