It is summer 1890, and the game is afoot.
When an elephant escapes from the London Zoological Gardens, Holmes and Watson become embroiled in one of their strangest cases yet. Engaged by a jeweler in fear for his life, the trail leads Sherlock to two secret societies, each pursuing the eight ruby elephants said to unlock a vault containing the lost Nizam diamond. Standing in his way are some deadly foes: the Archangels, assassins in top hats and tailcoats, hell-bent on the murder of the great detective and the acquisition of the treasures of the realm. The adventure leads the intrepid pair to Lord's Cricket Ground, the Royal Albert Hall, a bizarre series of thefts at the National Gallery, deepest rural Suffolk, and ultimately the very heart of the empire. With high-speed chases on Penny Farthings and a cast of eccentric characters, it takes all of Holmes' ingenuity - and a little help from Mycroft - to unravel this elephantine mystery.
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The Curious Case of the Awkward Narrator
Dominic Lopez RULES!!!
Authentic Holmes fun!!!
Besides the original Conan Doyle stories, I would compare "the Ruby Elephants" to Nicholas Meyers' run of Holmes adventures, in that this absolutely captures the flavor of the original Conan Doyle stories, while bringing new, fresh ideas that weren't available to Conan Doyle at the time.
It's hard to pick a single character Dominic Lopez portrayed as a favorite. They are all excellent and enjoyable to listen to! But since the story is narrated by Dr. Watson, I would guess this required the most from Mr. Lopez, and thereby this would be my favorite performance.
Chris James masterfully plotted many amazing twists, and Dominic Lopez skillfully conveyed them! It would be difficult to pick a single moment, and it would be spoilerific, as well. Allow me, then, to say that this audiobook is packed with delightful surprises, right to the very end!
I look forward to more James' Holmes adventures, ESPECIALLY if they are narrated by Dominic Lopez!!!
- Ray Jay Edwards