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Sherlock Holmes & the Christmas Demon

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  942 ratings  ·  138 reviews
The new Sherlock Holmes novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Age of Odin and Firefly - Big Damn Hero.

It is 1890, and in the days before Christmas Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson are visited at Baker Street by a new client. Eve Allerthorpe - eldest daughter of a grand but somewhat eccentric Yorkshire-based dynasty - is greatly distressed, as she believ
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Published October 22nd 2019 by Titan Books
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Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon by James Lovegrove is a 2019 Titan publication.

A fun, clever, holiday mystery- Holmes & Watson style!

I have not read any of the previous Holmes & Watson mysteries written by James Lovegrove. I was a little wary about a new Sherlock Holmes mystery, written by someone other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, to be honest.

However, after indulging in my usual heartwarming and saccharine sweet holiday romances, I was looking for a good holiday murder mystery, when
Sean Gibson
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There are two types of Sherlock Holmes readers: those who really enjoy big butts and those who lie about how much they enjoy big butts.

But, you can further subclassify Holmes readers based on their tolerance, or lack thereof, for the presence of supernatural chicanery. There are those, and perhaps it’s the majority, who disdain the spiritual and that when it comes to the great detective and ghosts, never the twain shall meet. There are those, however—myself included—who count Hound of the Baske
Elaine Lawson
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Lovegrove is superb at bringing us new Holmes and Watson detection! I loved this book and am now getting a couple more.
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As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

It is late December 1890, Eve’s Allerthorpe’s birthday is fast approaching and on Christmas eve she will turn twenty-one-years-old. On her birthday she will inherit a sizeable fortune left to her by her aunt…but only if she is found to be of sound mind. If, however, Eve is found to not be of sound mind then the inheritance will be divided and spread equally between other family memb
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Now I haven't read any Sherlock books since I was younger and they were Conan Doyle ones which I loved. I was a bit dubious about reading this as I didn't think anything could come close to his, but I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I throughly enjoyed it and loved how I was transported to back in time. The characters were so descriptive and the story was so well written. I have gone on to reserve a few of his others and cant wait to get my hands on them. ...more
Bruce Hatton
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: english-crime, horror
Eve Allerthorpe, daughter of a wealthy dysfunctional Yorkshire family, enlists the help of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. She believes her family home, a large ugly and remote Gothic castle called Felscar Keep is haunted by a demonic Christmas spirit called Black Thurrick – a sort of anti-Santa.
Although, of course, Holmes dismisses such supernatural mumbo-jumbo, he does suspect that something criminal is afoot. His suspicion is endorsed when, soon after he and Watson arrive at Felscar Keep,
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was just a huge amount of fun and got the characters spot on - great mysteries too!

Full review -
Mary Pagones
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A delightfully easy read, and happily for a Christmas hater like myself, there's not too much about the holiday, except at the beginning and the end. I didn't read it around the holiday season, so I would recommend it as a great book for any cold time of the year.

Lovegrove gets the banter between Holmes and Watson just right. It's not a particularly edgy take on the relationship, but warm and compassionate, and the mystery is suitably atmospheric while still being true to the spirit of the canon
Such a cozy and clever book, perfect for this time of the year!
Deepu Singh
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yes, its five star when it comes to the writing style and vocabulary, explaining the characters, building a character over the time, without giving a loose thread in the main storyline, keeping up suspense for even a little bit of details in story.

It was my first book i read of James Lovegrove and not only it stuck to the point that its a Sherlock Holmes story but also it made me fall in love with these characters again.

Writer did a excellent job to make the characters alive again, no concession
Fred Hughes
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great story from the Holmes canon. A rich family starts to experience ghostly apparitions and then there is a death while Sherlock is on site.

Soon we get into the family history and Sherlock is on the trail to determine the killer.

Ken Kirkberry
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OK, not the great Arthur Conan Doyle but, a modern author writing in his style. Based in a creepy haunted castle, this story provides an atmospheric Christmas read. Holmes and Watson have several mysteries to solve. There is the obligatory murder, a haunting, and the presence of an eerie folklore creature that is the opposite of Santa Claus.
A mix of Halloween and Christmas maybe? With two of the best detective characters to hit the print, well worth a read.
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
After the last of the Cthulhu Casebooks, Sherlock Holmes and the Sussex Sea-Devils, was published last year, I thought I’d got to the end of James’s entertaining cross-genre series.

So, it was a lovely surprise to get this one arrive through the post – even though it’s a Christmas tale which has arrived before Halloween!

It is 1890 and Sherlock and his friend John Watson are approached by Eve Allerthorpe, whose family seat at Fellscar Keep in Yorkshire appears to be haunted by a demonic spirit – t
Lee Allen
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A gripping new case for Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson for the Yuletide season.

There have been many follow-ups and interpretations of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, as well as spin-offs featuring other characters from the canon, both in print and in film and television. Some are widely successful - Anthony Horowitz's two authorised novels and Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss' modern-setting BBC TV series amongst the most notable. James Lovegrove has written several Sherlock Holmes stories si
Oliver Clarke
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from the Publisher.

As always, James Lovegrove has blown me away with this masterpiece of historical fiction featuring my favourite Victorian sleuths, Holmes and Watson.

It is the week of Christmas and Holmes and Watson find themselves travelling to Fellscar Keep, a wealthy castle by all accounts, to solve a mystery for their young client, Eve Allerthorpe. In a few days, Eve is due to come into her inheritance from an aunt as long as she is found to be of sound m
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
A Christmas mystery set in Victorian Yorkshire, possibly supernatural goings on, and Sherlock Holmes. What could go wrong? Well…

I can’t put my finger on what exactly what went awry with this book, although I think it suffered from an acute case of trying too hard to emulate Canon, and missing it’s mark entirely because of it. The writing was good, the character voices rang true. The plot and setting captured the atmospherics in Hound of the Baskervilles. Holmes’s methods were about right, but t
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: titan
I'm conceding defeat and I'm not even sure whom to. See, despite being an ardent mystery fan since a wee girl, I've been lukewarm at most to the Sherlock Holmes canon, and have had very little interest in reading the Sherlockiana that has spawned since. Not even Neil Gaiman's brilliant A Study In Emerald could draw me in, and I waved off my delight in G. S. Denning's Warlock Holmes series as being of a similar exception, given the overtly supernatural element common to both. Nancy Springer's Eno ...more
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was one of the better Holmes pastiches that I've read recently, with Holmes firmly rooted in the scientific realm while he and Watson go about solving this case.

Holmes and Watson have just wrapped up a shoplifting case and are taking lunch when they are approached by a well-to-do young lady. Eve Allerthorpe stands to inherit a large sum of money from her maternal aunt Jocasta on her birthday - Christmas Eve - provided that she is of sound mind at that time. Eve's mother had had mental heal
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was the first novel by James Lovegrove that I have read, and it was enjoyable. He kept the flavor of the original Sherlock Holmes stories, he didn't add any un-needed details to Holmes or Watson and did not try to make them anything besides the detectives we have come to love them for being. The supporting characters were multi-dimensional (as far as they could be when they only appear to drive the mystery forward), and the mystery was one that Doyle could have thought of himself. I appreci ...more
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovegrove has made himself into one of the better and more regular Holmes pastichers in the game today -- not as celebrated as the "estate-approved" Anthony Horowitz novels, but honestly the better for it. I enjoyed the hell out of Lovegrove's first Holmes/Cthulhu book (and just ordered the other two) and this, while lacking in the supernatural, was a delightful Christmas mystery that delivered all of the pleasures one could want from a modern Holmes novel. It manages to feel fresh and keep the ...more
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
I selected Sherlock Holmes & the Christmas Demon as a seasonal read. Reading over the holidays is one of my most-favorite traditions, and each year I try to read a Sherlock Holmes pastiche, or I revisit the canon.

Although not fully entrenched in the trappings of the Yuletide season, Mr. Lovegrove's Sherlock Holmes & the Christmas Demon mystery involves a folklorian character that deposits birch-twig bundles to miscreant children undeserving of Christmas gifts.

True to canon form, Mr. Holmes and
Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5/5 - an excellent sherlock holmes pastiche - and two good plots -
however i discovered the culprit of the attent on eve allerthorpe to make her mentally ill, and i also discovered the second culprit, the one of the murder of the scullery maid, but there i didn't know the why's -
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found this to be an engaging and complex mystery with a slightly warmer and more human Sherlock Holmes and a more competent version of Watson. Thoughly enjoyable with an interesting cast of characters.
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed this. The author captures the voices of Watson and Holmes, and the mystery is nitrifying. One fairly minor quibble with the ending, but not enough to spoil my enjoyment. Just what I needed at this time.
Chloe Williams
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was so much fun. A perfect Christmas read.
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Four stars just because it was a bit cheesy in places, but overall a good story! Would definitely read again next year.
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
1890 - Eve Allerthorpe, the eldest daughter from a wealthy family stands to inherit a fortune when she turns 21 on Christmas eve. However there is a clause in the will that stipulates that Eve must be of sound mind to inherit.
Eve arrives at 221B Baker street upset and on edge and explains to Sherlock Holmes that she is being haunted by Black Thurrick - a Crampus style demon from childhood stories. She claims to have seen him from her window, a dark face with glowing eyes, crossing the estate wit
Benjamin Pierce
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
An easy read, but very entertaining and well written. Think Scooby Doo, but in a Sherlock Holmes setting.
May 22, 2020 rated it liked it
The book is in many ways similar to the Hound of Baskerville. The demon, a rich client, a place of myth and finally it all falls down to the legacy. There are many places where the book tickles your imagination. I was disappointed with the mystery but I enjoyed the overall plot.
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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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