The Curious Case of the Moondawn Daffodils Murder by Garth Nix from Ghosts by Gaslight
Book Description: Edited by Jack Dann (World Fantasy Award-winning co-editor of Dreaming Down Under) and Nick Gevers (acclaimed editor and book reviewer), Ghosts by Gaslight is a showcase collection of all-new stories of steampunk and supernatural suspense by modern masters of horror, fantasy, sf, and the paranormal. An absolutely mind-boggling gathering of some of today’s very best dark storytellers—including Peter Beagle, James Morrow, Sean Williams, Gene Wolfe, Garth Nix, Marly Youmans, Jeffery Ford, and Robert Silverberg—Ghosts by Gaslight offers chilling gothic and spectral tales in a delightfully twisted Victorian and Edwardian vein. Think Henry James’s Turn of the Screw and Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with a decidedly steampunk edge, and you’re ready to confront Ghosts by Gaslight.
My Review: Have you ever wondered what happens when Sherlock Holmes decides a case is to esoteric even for him? He calls in his cousin of course. Ever wondered who takes over when Lestrade is on vacation? Why that would be newly promoted Inspector McIntyre naturally. On the outside this story may look like it’s about the B team but really it isn’t. There isn’t a B team in history that is this interesting.
This story is about Sir Magnus Holmes. He, along with his almost- doctor caregiver Susan Shrike, are special specialists. Sir Magnus specializes in the occult and they are sent to help McIntyre solve a perplexing case. It involves an officer who chases down a suspect only to find he is simply a coat filled with daffodils. And that’s why Sherlock Holmes sent Sir Magnus.
I won’t give away anymore. I’ll just say that I was honestly sorry when this story was over. I hope there are books out there somewhere, sometime about Sir Magnus and Susan’s adventures. I would love to read them. Can you imagine Sherlock Holmes taking on magic? You don’t have to. It’s all right there in The Curious Case of the Moondawn Daffodils Murder.
Violence: It isn’t a good story unless there is blood and a body.
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