Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Crimes of Dr. Watson by John Watson, Duane Swierczynski

Publisher: Quirk Books
Quirk is unveiling the "Crimes of Dr. Watson", the first completely interactive Sherlock Holmes mystery. This illustrated hardcover book, complete with Victorian era illustrations, contains an original novella in the form of a letter from Dr. John H. Watson. As our story opens, we discover that the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes has vanished - and to make matters worse, his good friend Dr. Watson has been framed for a grisly and terrifying murder! From a damp cell in Coldbath Fields prison, Watson recounts the tragic events leading up to his arrest - and offers a number of clues that can be used to identify the true culprit. Once you've finished reading Watson's letter, it's up to you to sift through the clues and solve the mystery. And when you think you've identified the culprit, you can slice open the final signature of the book (sealed at the printer) to read the remainder of the story. (Description from BookDepository)

I didn't read any interactive books lately and The Crimes of Dr. Watson had been sitting on my unread shelf for a very long time (I won this book on vvb32 reads). After a quite tough day I needed to read something light and so I decided to finally pick it up. Such a fun ride! I love mysteries and even better the interactive ones! This wasn't a very diffucult mystery to solve, however it is created artfully and the illustrations are a beautiful addition.

And, of course, there are clues for the reader to solve the mystery (e.g. objects hidden in envelopes, a newspaper, a telegram, etc.).

The Crimes of Dr. Watson is a wonderful book to those who, like me, love mysteries and interactive stories. Thank you, Quirk Books, for publishing this little gem!