The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
in Britain and the Italian peninsula
June 2011/ ISBN 1605981877
Mystery / Detective
In this, his second volume about the famous detective, Ted Riccardi
includes stories set both in Great Britain and Italy, thus the title.
As always, the stories are told by Watson, the dear doctor, who
follows our hero as he uncovers clues where others see only ordinary
objects or inexplicable events. Watson sees but does not process
these clues and, at the end, always bows in admiration to Holmes's
Mr. Riccardi does a great job recreating the times (turn of the
twentieth century Europe). It was a time of horse driven carriages,
landowner gentlemen and overdressed ladies, a time when the class
barriers where insurmountable, and Great Britain was at the peak
of its power under the long reign of Queen Victoria.
He also keeps the idiosyncrasy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's characters.
Holmes may have a brilliant mind, but lacks social skills. Watson
is self-effacing and loyal. And the villains are smart and evil,
especially Dr. Moriarty, Holmes's nemesis, who is believed to be
dead while the events gathered in this volume take place.
Mr. Ricardi's respect for the characters and their time is his
greatest achievement; it also happens to be, in my opinion, the
weakness of the stories. British aristocrats at the time considered
themselves superior to other countries' natives, especially if these
countries happened to be one of Great Britain's colonies. They also
looked down on the rest of the population. This attitude, while
inevitable, I guess, if the writer wants to respect the reality
of the times, does not translate well in the, I hope, more enlightened
But that is a small complaint for a great effort to bring more
adventures of the enduring characters of Sherlock Holmes and his
loyal sidekick Dr. Watson to the modern reader.
Not to be missed for Sherlock Holmes's fans.