Impressions from the description:
A promising case of the legendary detective… one more personal than most since the client this time is Detective Lestrade. The case is like a short story itself, so to bring the problem and solution quickly would be a challenge.
My thoughts on the book:
When a Sherlock Holmes mystery is written by someone other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the first thing a die-hard fan of the legendary detective would look for is to see if the plot and the narration would be nearly as good. Sherlock leaves such an impression on us that anything below par would stand out easily.
Roy Segal’s two-part e-Novella “The Adventure of the Missing Girl” starts by Watson’s introduction that Holmes had gone back to his vice, the 7% solution of cocaine since the cases that he gets are so easy that it isn’t a challenge to his brilliant mind. Holmes perks up when Lestrade arrives at his doorstep. The case he brings with him, as Holmes nicely deduces, is of a personal nature, his daughter’s running away from home. Analyzing further, Holmes finds out that it is a kidnapping rather than the girl running away.
Wasting no time, Holmes sets out on the trail and analyzing the clues he gets from particular places, sets out to find the missing girl. He learns that the girl is being held for a very deadly secret, and that not only her life but also her classmate’s is in danger, so he has to save more than one life. We see Toby, the dog make an appearance as he helps Holmes on the trail of the girls.
Being a die-hard Sherlock fan, this story didn’t quite gel together for me. The idea is good, but perhaps it could have been explored more. Over 50 pages, the novel felt like it was being hurried through just to end it rather than the quick, anxious-to-know-what-will-happen pace of a Sherlock Holmes detective fiction. There is contradiction, with the description telling it’s a 14 year old girl being kidnapped and Lestrade declaring in the novel that his twelve year old has run away. I could find some typo errors, a couple of times even Holmes’ name is misspelled. I can’t quite understand a couple of points: a secret that was kept very well for most of the book is abruptly revealed at the end, when sense would dictate it rather stayed a secret. The second point is the clue that leads to the adventure mystery being solved. It felt too little and too generic. I’d conclude by saying the book would have been better as one part rather than split into two. There is a lot of promise in the story idea, but the short nature of the book sort of fizzled the expectation.
Title: The Adventure of the Missing Girl
Author: Roy Segal
Genre: Mystery / Crime Fiction
Pages: 50 (Approx.)
Price: $2.99 (P1) + $0.99 (P2)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
(February 5th, 2013)