Tall, thin, androgynous Shirley Combs considers herself the world's greatest living detective because she uses the methods and casebook of Sherlock Holmes to solve crimes of the gentry of the American city most closely resembling London, England - in terms of the weather, at least. Sidekick/narrator Dr. Mary Watson both delights in and is frustrated by her partner's behavioral resemblance to Sherlock. Combs is unemotional, analytical, and given to pacing through the night in the streets of the almost perfectly livable city of Portland, Oregon. Her ability to observe details and understand their relationship to a case is unmatched; her demands on Watson's time are too.
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Enjoyable Sherlockian Story
Needing to take a business trip this week, I was looking for a story between 3-4 hours to help pass the time while traveling. This was 4 hours well spent. Jesus Reed's narration was very good. She had good pace, inflections, and tone. I also liked the differing voices between the genders.
The Hounding is a story that is written in the vein of the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, with the same mysterious characters, several of whom have motivation to commit the crime being investigated. What's more, the story is written in the first person and from the perspective of Shirley Holmes' sidekick and soon to be partner, Dr. Watson. The characters in the Hounding are aware of their similarities with Sir Arthur's more famous fictional characters, which I appreciated.
Simply put, this story helped make the time at the airport not seem as long and tedious. Thank you!
Can't wait for more