Sunday, September 20, 2015
Sherlock Holmes Sunday: The Italian Secretary by Caleb Carr
The Italian Secretary by Caleb Carr
This is by far one of my absolute favorite Sherlock Holmes' stories outside of the canon. Carr is a masterful author (of another of my favorite books, The Alienist), so I could not have been more excited when I found out he would be writing a Sherlock Holmes novel.
This book also holds a special place on my favorites list because, after reading the book, I was able to visit the room in Scotland where the slaying of David Rizzio took place. This really made the book come alive for me, to be able to stand in a place where so much of the story takes place.
Carr does an excellent job of weaving together true crime, history, and the famous Sherlock Holmes. The dual mysteries of present murders and past horrors are gripping and full of twists and turns. The past resonates deeply in this story, and Carr explores just how much Rizzio's murder (and the possible supernatural effects, a notion Holmes scoffs at) could possibly influence a very-much alive Victorian murderer.