The Haunting of Roderick Usher by Colin Garrow

It’s my stop today on the blog tour for The Haunting of Roderick Usher by Colin Garrow. Many thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for the tour invite.

Title: The Haunting of Roderick Usher (Watson Letters #6)

Author: Colin Garrow

Published on: 2 March 2022

Genre: Mystery and Thrillers | Humor

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Haunting of Roderick Usher is the sixth and final book in Colin Garrow’s The Watson Letters series.

There are three short stories here, each featuring Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Mary Watson and Inspector Lestrade. All the three side stories are linked, finally leading the reader to one massive, mind-blowing and shocking ending.

#1: The Haunting of Roderick Usher

Holmes is invited to the house of his college friend Roderick Usher. Holmes wants Watson to join him as Usher’s sister is currently ill and might need some medical advice. The duo reach Usher’s place in the country while Watson’s wife Mary is off to visit her ill Aunt Bob.

Usher does not want Holmes and Watson to meet his sister, not right away at least. Soon after their arrival, Watson sees a ghostly figure lurking in the corridor. Might it be the ill sister? Holmes thinks not. Then, they again witness the ghostly figure and Watson goes to help the “ill” sister…

This story had a very eerie and gothic feel to it. The same goes for the next story.

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#2: The Witch’s Ghost

Watson receives a letter from a museum personnel, asking his and Holmes’ assistance in a robbery case. As the duo reach the museum, they learn the thefts occur at night – when the museum is closed. Soon, Holmes and Watson are drawn into a search for the witch’s diary, which might hold secrets to the late “witch’s” life.

This story takes an unexpected twist halfway through. I did not see it coming. If I have to pick a favorite among the three, I would pick The Witch’s Ghost. I loved the twist!

#3: The Very Last death of Lord Blackwood

This story covers the second half of the book. It begins with a murder case… and then turns into a chase. Not your usual cat-and-mouse chase but the one that puts everybody’s life in danger. It becomes pretty clear that only one party can survive. Either Holmes and gang, or the bad guys…

The stories are told from multiple PoVs – Mary Watson, John Watson, and Inspector Lestrade (#3 only). I enjoyed reading every bit of this book. The stories are peppered with absurd and dark humor – with a dash of naughty. Almost all of Holmes’ enemies make an appearance here – even the dead ones get a mention or two.

There’s a gothic feel to all the three stories. Excellent storytelling. I liked Mary Watson the best – she’s better than Holmes, I say! Colin, can we get a spinoff featuring Mary Watson as the main sleuth?

If you are looking for an engrossing and entertaining Holmes pastiche peppered with gothic feel, I recommend you to give The Haunting of Roderick Usher by Colin Garrow a try. This book is one of the best pastiches I have ever read!


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