Work Title: An Opened Grave: Sherlock Holmes Investigates His Ultimate Case
Work Author(s): L. Frank James
The Salt Works
230 pages, Softcover $14.95
Reviewer: Alan J. Couture
"Looking through my notebook," says Dr. John H. Watson, "I can easily find a dozen intriguing cases that justify the time and effort it would take to commit them to paper. However, all of these impressive triumphs pale by comparison to the incident I am about to unfold."
So begins the recounting of an incredible journey. After a miraculous rescue from certain death, the world's greatest detective sets out to investigate the world's greatest mystery. Sherlock Holmes, master of logic and deductive reasoning, takes on the fundamental Christian belief that Jesus was the Son of God and rose from the dead. Mere blind faith is not sufficient for his calculating mind. Armed with his extraordinary ability to process astounding amounts of research data, Holmes realizes that the mystery can only be solved by visiting the "scene of the crime," as it were.
Due to the passing of so many centuries, however, that trail is impossibly cold, so Holmes devises a scheme to actually visit Jerusalem during the critical events. Naturally, he calls on his good friend, Watson, to accompany him on the journey of a lifetime.
What follows is as much a spiritual quest as it is an adventurous trek in the first century. Interspersing pithy philosophical exchanges between the two main characters with rollicking action sequences, the author crafts a compelling tale.
James writes in the style made famous by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the original Holmes stories. Watson narrates the story...