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#Review Holmes The Darlington Substitution by Melvyn Small #BlogTour @indipenned #thedarlosub

HolmesDarlington2.pngWith Watson’s literary career going from strength to strength, he secures a slot on local radio to publicise his new book. Uncertain as how well it went, he is still a little surprised when the recording isn’t broadcast. Although disappointed, he disregards this snub to his confidence as a peculiar but unimportant bend in the path of his literary career.
Sherlock Holmes is not so dismissive. He seizes upon the event, certain that there is more to this rebuff than meets the eye. He grills Watson to the content of his interview, convinced a key fact will reveal all. There is nothing. Watson is sure off that. An investigation ensues that takes Holmes to the end of the known world, a place just near Thirsk.
The Darlington Substitution is a retrospective account, occurring during the same time as the adventures chronicled in Holmes Volume 2. It sees Holmes at the height of his wisecracking, foulmouthed, law disregarding deductive brilliance.

Published by Indipenned and available to read here


Who doesn’t like a bit of Sherlock Holmes, I mean after all he’s one of the most famous and greatest detectives of all time and what a real treat it is to be able to read Holmes The Darlington Substitution for free, yes that’s right, FREE by just clicking on this LINK .

This novella is a little cracker, Holmes and Watson are your traditional sleuths but set in modern day. Watson’s career as a novelist seems to be taking off but after a recorded  interview for local radio is never aired, Watson dismisses anything is wrong, Holmes on the other hand decides to do a little investigating and like the man we all know and love he wont settle until he knows what is going on.

Melvyn Small really brings the characters to life, a lot of their time is spent in the local pub where most of their thinking is done over a drink and this is a novella you can’t help having a little giggle at. It’s full of wit and with a bit of bad language and a cracking mystery this really ticked all the boxes for me.

It’s a fresh new take on this dynamic duo but still in keeping with the original versions. The author has really done a fantastic job with this novella, I really didn’t want it to end and i’m really looking forward to reading more by Melvyn Small soon.



Melvyn Small is an author and the founder of Indipenned, a website that champions the work of independent literature. Thus far he has written two books, Holmes Volume 1 and the imaginatively titled follow up Holmes Volume 2 (Subsequently republished by Fahrenheit Press as the Victor Locke Chronicles)

Mel’s perhaps unique spin on Sherlock Holmes, which places the character in a different time, location and section of society, has found fans around the world and is fast becoming a cult classic.  His writing style is pacey and littered with gin-dry humour. It has been described as “hilarious, clever and hugely enjoyable.”  The Darlington Substitution novella is his longest story so far and perhaps his best work to date.

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