A CHRISTMAS CAROL at 221 B
By Thomas Mann
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Publishing
So we are on Amazon buying books recently when we see the
cover to “A Christmas Carol at 221 B.” What? A Sherlock Holmes Christmas story.
Okay, we need to read this one. We put in our order and the book arrives three
days later. To our amused surprised, it is a very, very, VERY small book
totally a grand 22 pages. All of which tell a truly amazing, wonderful story
perfect for the holiday season.
It is Christmas Eve and Holmes and Watson, both in their
later years, are warm and safe in their 221 B digs enjoying a glass of wine and
smoke while outside a wintry storm blows. Holmes finds himself melancholy, the
rarest of all rarities for this man and Watson immediately inquires as to why.
Holmes replies that the answer lies in a long ago event in his youth past when,
at the age of 24, he met a 95 year old Ebeneezer Scrooge.
Holmes tells Watson Dickens’ tale is all true and his
experience provided the good doctor, and we readers, with a truly wonderful
little sequel to what happened to all those marvelous people after Scrooge’s
change of heart. There’s also a crime being hatched which young Holmes must
grapple with to save the day.
In all, “A Christmas CAROL at 221 B” is a gem. Thank you Mr. Mann and Merry Christmas to us all.