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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 11/17/15 7:12 am
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The Interwoven tale of the Society's master plan comes to a thrilling conclusion with Holmes and Watson separately arriving in London to thwart the plan of the society. Writer Jonathan Barnes does a good job telling a suspenseful and interesting tale that still manages to keep Holmes and Watson apart in 1892 to avoid contradicting continuity. Holmes is brought to the point of making several fateful decisions leading to his "judgement."

It's in this fourth part, that I do find my only criticisms of the set and that is that when the Society's plan is resolved and there's still more than twenty minutes left in the story and much of this is decompression. Some of it is emotionally engaging, some of it (such as the two Holmes brothers playing deduction games with a waiter at a restaurant) is amusing, and some may be laying the groundwork for future stories but taken altogether, it's a lot of decompression. I also did question how the story dealt with Mary Watson as basically a set up for a moral dilemma with Holmes.

Still, despite some drift in the final minutes, this remains a solid conclusion to a most remarkable and engaging adventure for Holmes and Watson that manages to truly engage the listener throughout,
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 11/16/15 6:43 am
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This third episode brings the adventure to a head for both Holmes and Watson. Holmes is given pivotal revelations about his path and set on a dangerous road that leads home while Watson is driven from London and Mycroft to the point of death.

This is terrifically paced story that does exactly what a third episode should in building tension and setting up the final story in the arc. Nicholas Brigg's has a standout performance. The way revelations about Holmes ' father was handled was perfect as it had just the right level of emotion to make it feel real without going over the top.

Overall, another solid, well-done, and thrilling episode in this set.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 11/10/15 8:47 am
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This story picks up right after the suspenseful conclusion of Poppyland. Holmes journeys through Tibet with Mrs. Eidelman and that story builds to the arrival at the titular Gates of Shambhala. The mystery deepens as they meet a Buddhist monk who behaves very unusually.

The Watson side is far more personal and more interesting as we learn that Mary survived the last episode with just a scratch has poisoned her and the Society has the only cure but they demand what Watson doesn't know and can't give them: the location of Sherlock Holmes. Watson is pushed to his limit in this one and Richard Earl is simply superb.

Overall, this solid continuation of an epic Holmes story.

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 11/4/15 7:08 am
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"Poppyland" is a superb opening to the box set. The opening scenes from the 1920s brilliantly set the stage and establish to the listener the importance of the story to come before flashing back to 1892 and the beginning of this epic tale.

The acting is superb with Richard Earl's Watson once again brilliant and Holmes encountering an intriguing murder and a mysterious woman in Tibet. The music is a huge standout in this story. Jamie Robertson's score is superb and very evocative.

Poppyland is full of mystery and also has some very emotionally evocative moments with Watson. Overall, a simply marvelous start.

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