Murder on Mystery Island: The Watson Letters Vol 5 by Colin Garrow

Intrepid investigators Holmes and Watson continue their fight against crime in a not quite Post-Victorian, steampunk parallel universe.

When consumptive Doctor Edward Armstrong turns up at Baker Street with an invitation to visit a mysterious island, Sherlock Holmes smells a rat. Sounding deviously similar to the plot of a recent novel by celebrated lady author Mrs Christie, Holmes decides to send his inveterate side-kick Watson to the island, along with the Doctor’s lovely, but wonky-eyed wife, Mary, and a well-known Scotland Yard detective. Taking Armstrong’s place, the team determine to find out exactly what’s going on, but before they’ve even left the mainland, one of the guests is murdered.

Adult humour throughout.

‘The Watson Letters – Volume 5: Murder on Mystery Island’ is book #5 in this Victorian comedy adventure series.

If you love historical mysteries, buy something else instead, but if you’re into murder, fart-gags and innuendo, this’ll be right up your Victorian street.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Publication Date: 9th October 2019

Page Count: 141 pages

Genre: Crime / Mystery

Throughout November, I shall be reviewing several books as part of Damp Pebbles Book Tours! Today, I am looking at Murder on Mystery Island by Colin Garrow. As usual, in exchange for an unbiased and honest opinion, I was given a free e-copy of Garrow’s book.

Murder on Mystery Island

‘The Watson Letters is based on the Blog of the same name and features manly characters, crude language and adult inclinations. It is not, therefore, intended for persons of a delicate nature…’

Whether a fan of the books by Arthur Conan Doyle or the British television series, the story of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson is one many, many people adore. Moreover, its consistent popularity has inspired many writers to pay homage and continue their adventures through recreations of their own. Some are done well – some not so well. Thankfully, however, today’s reinvention by Colin Garrow – one which is a fifth installment in his series – manages to capture the spirit of our beloved characters, as well as introduce a new and captivating story-line.

Having been acquainted with a letter addressed to Doctor Edward Armstrong, which serves as an invitation to a strange island, Holmes seeks help from Watson and his wife, Mary. He knows something is amiss. Familiar with Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, he believes a copycat killer is the sender and no one is safe. As the journey starts to unfold, and the deaths pile up, however, is there more to these killings than meets the eye?

Published this past October, Murder on Mystery Island is full of innuendo, wit, and a quick succession of killings. It is well-crafted and very humorous, allowing us to be reintroduced to our beloved characters, but also giving their personalities a slight twist. Interestingly, with the inclusion of And Then There Were None throughout, Agatha Christie herself also plays a part in this entertaining and well-crafted version – her character crude and wonderful.

Overall, I really enjoyed this spin on a classic! It is a perfect book to dive into on either a long commute, or if you have a couple of hours to spare. I plan to go back now and read Garrow’s other books, ready for when Vol 6 is released.

Thank you to Emma Welton of Damp Pebbles Book Tours and Colin Garrow for this brilliant opportunity.

About the author

True-born Geordie Colin Garrow grew up in a former mining town in Northumberland and has worked in a plethora of professions including taxi driver, antiques dealer, drama facilitator, theatre director and fish processor, and has occasionally masqueraded as a pirate. Colin has published three stage plays, six adventures for middle grade readers, two books of short stories, the Watson Letters series and the Terry Bell Mysteries. His short stories have appeared in several literary mags, including: SN Review, Flash Fiction Magazine, The Grind, A3 Review, Inkapture and Scribble Magazine. These days he lives in a humble cottage in North East Scotland where he writes novels, stories. poems and the occasional song.

Garrow’s websites can be found here (adult) and here (children).

His Watson’s Letters website can be found here.

His Twitter can be found here.

His Facebook can be found here.

If you’d like to purchase a copy of Murder on Mystery Island you can do so here (UK) and here (US).

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