While recovering from minor eye surgery (can anything involving cutting the eye really be minor?) I discovered my cable company allows me to watch network primetime television “OnDemand”. A very convenient thing for me. But I digress, the recovery as well as the convenience of modern cable viewing allowed me to view a program that I’d not yet had the chance to see, CBS’s “ELEMENTARY”.
Being more or less a Sherlock purist, I was very doubtful that I would enjoy this program, but much to my surprise I found it to be an excellent program. The fact that the lead character’s name is Sherlock Holmes is, and this is difficult to understand, not at all incident to enjoying the show.
Yes, the main characters roughly parallel the Doyle characters, it’s kind of like they are in a parallel universe where things are just a bit different. For example, Dr. Watson is a former surgeon whose ‘wound’ came in the operating room and is psychological rather than physical. She left the OR and now hires herself out as a ‘sober’ companion for recovering addicts, which the Sherlock Holmes is and becomes her client, or patient. She was hired by his father (a departure in the universe). Even Constable Gregson is present, but he’s NYPD in this series rather than Scotland Yard.
So, all that aside, you have a recovering addict with a sober ‘nanny’ doctor who, by the way, is becoming more and more interested in her patient’s ‘consulting’ activities. From the four episodes I was able to view, I found the entire premise eminently likable and found very little to complain about. Oh yes, Holmes lacks some of his unflappable confidence it seems to me, but since he’s nearly always correct or at least on the right path, it’s simply another ‘parallelism’ in this universe.
I highly recommend it and only the most staunch purist would find it unenjoyable, in my humble opinion.
I look forward to being able to view the BBC’s ‘SHERLOCK’ one day that I might make a comparison and join the fray over which is the better carrying on of the tradition.
My second giveaway on GOODREADS is now underway. There are only two copies available for this one, so you’ll want to get in on it quickly. It’s timed that I will have enough time to get the books to the winners for CHRISTMAS. What better than to read a novel that includes Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper and a blood-thirsty vampire as you prepare for the holidays!!
EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!!
IT WOULD MAKE A FANTASTIC MOVIE, DON’T YOU THINK??
Today’s book signing at Warwick’s Books in La Jolla was a roaring success…I completely sold out my supply of books in two hours…I will be adding a new post with pictures tomorrow, or very soon.
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO SHOWED UP AND ESPECIALLY TO THOSE WHO BOUGHT A BOOK!!!
Last Memorial Day, while I was listening, Hugh had on as guests, marine after marine who’d been injured in one way or another, most having lost limbs in service to our country, and it really struck a chord with me. My wife and I have often given to various causes supporting the armed forces, particularly the Navy since that’s where I’m most associated, but after I heard the stories of these brave young men and women who had sacrificed so much in order to allow all of us to enjoy the freedoms we so often take for granted, I decided I wanted to do more.
So, starting with the first royalty check I receive from “Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Vampire”
I’m giving 10% of all I make from this book to the Semper Fi Fund
If you were thinking of buying my book, I hope this will induce you to do so, that this donation may be ever increased. But even and especially if you were not, please visit the Semper Fi Fund website and make a donation yourself. God bless the men and women of our military and God bless the USA.
Here are two reader reviews from Barnesandnoble.com:
AnonymousPosted June 26, 2012
“Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechaple Vampire” is a must read!
“Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Vampire” is a must read. I couldn’t put it down. Dean Turnbloom has an acute knowledge of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. A great summer read. I hope to see many more books by Dean Turnbloom. J Cromwell, reader at large.
Posted April 25, 2012
If you like vampire books plus Sherlock Holmes this is the book for you. I couldn’t put this book down. Highly recommended.