A Samba for Sherlock

September 29th, 2002 Comments Off on A Samba for Sherlock

Finished reading A Samba for Sherlock by Jô Soares last Friday. The book presents a humorous account of a “previously” unknown case involving the most famous consulting detective of all times: Sherlock Holmes. In the book, Holmes and his loyal friend Dr. Watson are called by D. Pedro II, the Brazilian Emperor, to find the thief of a priceless Stradivarius owned by his lover. At the same time, a inventive and sanguinary killer terrorizes the population and the city’s Police Department asks Holmes’ help to find him.

Although this is the first Soares novel, he shows his talent in the way he deftly reimagines the 1886 Brazilian society, and, if he abuses humoristic clichés, he also surprises and entertains with his narrative style and well-crafted jokes.

I liked the book, but hardcore Holmes’ fans may be offended by the direction the story takes and the way Jô Soares reconstructs Holmes and Watson. As a big Holmes’ fan I’d rather weigh the story on its own merits and understand what Jô Soares intended with it.

The book was made into a movie, but I didn’t see it yet.

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