I am a sucker for a good Sherlock story, so I jumped at the chance to read The Case of the Disgraced Detective by Eileen Finn. This one is not a full novel, but rather a short 50 page or so. For normal people, it’d be a quick read, for me it took forever because I was reading it when I had a free moment here and there. I really thought I’d get it done a lot sooner. But, alas not so.
This short is a piece of fan fiction that takes place between Seasons 2 and 3 of BBC’s Sherlock television program.
Young Miss Samantha Sinclair, an American intern at the London Museum, rents the flat at 221B Baker Street, formerly occupied by Sherlock Holmes. She learns of the circumstances around his untimely death, deciding to investigate the matter and see if she can’t amend his reputation before returning to America.
Her investigation begins with those he was closest with, as well as an unexpected visit from his brother. There are plenty of ups and downs in the story as she tries to unwrap the mystery of who the real Moriarty was. Were the rumors that Sherlock committed the crimes himself and hired an actor to play Moriarty? Or was did Moriarty frame Sherlock. I won’t tell you how it ends, you’ll have to read it yourself.
My only complaint is that a few places could have used a bit of work on establishing the motivation of the characters. However, it didn’t ruin the overall story.